Stillpoint 2018 Fall Sesshin

Thursday evening November 15 through Sunday afternoon November 18, 2018

Shohaku Okumura-Roshi

Shohaku Okumura-Roshi will be in Pennsylvania in November to once again lead our annual Fall Stillpoint retreat.

Okumura-Roshi has a busy schedule this year, but he has graciously committed to leading our fall retreat on November 15-18, 2018. 

The retreat will be held at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center ( 

Villa Maria is located about fifty miles north of Pittsburgh. We encourage you to arrive on the evening of Thursday November 15th.

We will maintain silence in the middle of a perhaps not so silent environment. This year we will be housed in Potier Center at Villa Maria. The rooms in Potier Center have either one twin bed, two twin beds or a single queen sized bed. Each of the rooms has a private bath and shower.

Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Okumura-Roshi is the Abbott and head teacher at Sanshin-ji in Bloomington, Indiana (, a Zen community which he founded over a decade ago. He has travelled widely throughout Asia, Europe and South America, as well as various retreat centers in the USA sharing the Dharma, and is one of the world’s foremost scholars of Dogen Zenji’s teachings, as well as being a dedicated life-long practitioner of those teachings.

Okumura-Roshi has led numerous Stillpoint retreats here in Pittsburgh since 1996 and has provided inspirational spiritual guidance to our community for many years. He has a very special connection with our sangha, and we are very fortunate that he wishes to continue his annual retreats with us despite the many competing demands on his time.

Please download the linked application form and send it to the listed address with your check as soon as you can. If you would like to have a hard copy of the application form sent to you, please let us know at .

Please let us know as soon as possible whether you will be attending. You can reach us at at if you have any questions. 

UPDATE - Registration has been extended until November 1, 2018.