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.


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