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Crossing Over, Fully Arrived: The Living Heart of Zen, Spring Online Retreat, March 23-26

Crossing Over, Fully Arrived: The Living Heart of Zen
Spring Online Sesshin: March 23-26
led by Valerie Forstman

Join us for this four-day online retreat, a chance to immerse deeply in shared practice, to experience the support of sangha – ever present and uniquely expressed in the context of sesshin, and to encounter your own true nature, possibly crossing over to the other shore only to find you never left home.

Participants from all over the globe attend our online retreats. If you have never participated in one of our online multi-day retreats, please consider joining us. We create a remarkably intimate sense of community practice and inter-connection during these retreats. When you register, you will receive some tips for setting up an at-home zendo to support your experience.

Attendance Options

Though we encourage full time attendance, we offer a flexible part time option that allows you to choose your own sitting days and/or hours of practice. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our registrar.

Each day will begin at 6am MT with silent sitting for two hours (four 25 minute sessions with 5 minutes of walking in between). Valerie will open each day during the 9am sitting block with a short welcome and perhaps a guided meditation. For those who may find it hard to sit for as many hours as the retreat offers, consider joining the retreat at 9am MT and concluding your day at 3:30pm MT .

One final option: we are going to open our zendo to a maximum of 15 Santa Fe area locals to attend the retreat in person. There will be no meals or lodging so you must bring your own food and commute.  If you want to camp, that’s possible.  To attend onsite, contact Johanna. It’s first come first serve. No extra cost.  Also, please read and comply with our COVID-19 Policy. 

Daily Schedule (MT)
Retreat opens Thursday morning at 6am and closes Sunday at noon. 

Thursday – Sunday

6-8am               Morning/early silent sitting

8:45am             Movement
9-10am             Sitting
10:10-11am      Dharma Talk
11am – Noon     Sitting

Thursday – Saturday

Noon-1:00pm   Lunch and break

1-2pm               Sitting
2pm                  Movement
2:15-3pm          Q&A
3-3:30pm          Sitting
3:30-6:30          Break, rest, dinner

6:30-8:30 pm    Evening silent sitting 

The schedule may change slightly.

This spring retreat will be online only, no onsite participation. We are planning on having hybrid retreats in June (date TBA) and December for Rohatsu (December 4-10).


Full Time Attendance: $240 
Part Time Attendance: $120 (if you attend half time or less)
Benefactor: $360 helps to support Mountain Cloud and provides financial support for those who need assistance

When estimating how much time you will spend at the retreat, use your best judgement whether to enroll as full time or part time. If you need financial assistance, contact Johanna to make arrangements. She will send you a different sign up link should you need to pay less. We wish to make it possible for all to attend.

Spring 2023 Virtual Retreat Registration

Have you done a multi-day meditation retreat in the past?(Required)
Mention past or current teachers, meditation retreats you have done, describe your daily sitting practice if you have one
e.g. friend, web-search, teacher, book, etc
Select your payment option(Required)
Full fee is for attending 3 or 4 days. If you attend fewer than 3 days you may select the part time fee. Benefactors help support those with financial need attend the retreat. If you need financial assistance please contact our registrar Johanna, mczcadmin@mountaincloud.org to work out a payment.
How would you like to make your payment?(Required)


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