Sittings & One Day Retreats

Sittings & One Day Retreats

To see a calendar of upcoming sittings and retreats in the Portland area, click here. 

First Saturday at Bethany House at the Trappist Abbey

Seven Thunders organizes first Saturday retreats in Bethany House at the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. (Please arrive no later than 8:45 am)

These gatherings usually occur on the first Saturday of each month, but dates can vary. The format is Christian contemplative prayer. The monks of the Trappist Abbey of Guadalupe graciously provide the space and sitting cushions (zabutons and zafus).

An orientation to sitting will be offered by our teachers before each Saturday retreat. Designed for those who are new to the practice of sitting prayer or meditation, these 20-30 minute informal sessions will begin at 8:15 A.M. at Bethany House.

See our event calendar or this page of the most recent newsletter for upcoming dates and teachers.

Zazenkai at Stones and Clouds

Zazenkai, followed by a study group, is conducted at the Stones and Clouds zendo on scheduled Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. They usually occur on the third Saturday of a month.

In addition to formal zazen there will be a sutra service, teisho, and kyosaku. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches. Tea and water will be provided. There is no charge for zazenkai, but, if affordable, a $15-20 tax-deductable contribution will help defray the cost of the event.

Please contact Leonard Marcel at 503-636-9009 or via email if you are planning to attend and for more information both on the zazenkai and study group.

Weekly Sittings

Evening or morning sittings in the zazen or contemplative Christian traditions. There are opportunities for private interviews at these sittings when a teacher is present.

Portland-area Sittings

Monday evening zazen from 7:00 pm. to 8:30 pm at the Stones and Clouds Zendo in Lake Oswego. Dokusan/interviews will be offered. Cushions, benches, and stools are available.

Please contact Leonard Marcel at 503.636.9009 or via emailfor more information.


Olympia Sittings

Monday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 pm and every Saturday morning from 6:00 to 8:00 am in the Chapel of St. Michael Church, 1021 Boundary St. SE, Olympia WA 98501. There are three sittings (from 6:00 to 7:30), followed by a reading from contemplative writers and a questions and comments period.

Contact: Pat Harvey, 360-357-8401, [email protected].


Redmond Sittings

Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm at 258 SW 5th St, Redmond OR 97756.

Contact: Richard or Leanne Latterell at 541-923-7607.

Other Pacific Northwest Diamond Sangha Groups


Salem Zen Center / Unitarian Universalist Compassionate Mind Sangha

Teacher: Lee Ann Nail. Wednesday night,  Zazen between 5:30 – 6:30 pm, and Zazen with Dharma Talk, Discussion, Tea and Chanting between 7:00pm – 9:00 pm.

Zazen occurs in Hanneman Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5090 Center Street NE, Salem, Oregon.

Those attending for the first time should join from seven to nine p.m. and request beginning instruction which is provided free of charge by a senior student each week. With prior arrangement, free childcare can be provided from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (call 503 949-3188 to request).

It is possible to then attend just the 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. meditation or just the 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. program or both. The full Wednesday evening program is structured to offer a short weekly Zazenkai for the more serious/ long-term Zen student (from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with service positions assigned to those who are able).

More information:


NO Sangha, Port Angeles

Teacher: Kristen Larsen. Zazen Saturday mornings, 8:00 to 9:30 am.

Contact: Kristen and Bill Larsen at NOSangha or 360-452-5534


Three Treasures Sangha, Seattle

Teacher: Jack Duffy. Zazen at Dharma Gate (1910 24th Ave S) on Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Friday mornings 6:30 to 7:30 am, followed by breakfast.

For more information or for a schedule of zazenkai and retreats, contact Larry Keil at 206-322-8759 or visit 

All weekly and monthly sitting events are free and lead by a Seven Thunders teacher, who gives a talk and/or provides opportunities for interviews. Donation envelopes marked “for Teacher Support” will be available at all sittings. With your support we can continue to be generous to our teachers.

If you’d like more information, please email us.