MZG Autumn Sesshin with Susan Murphy Roshi
Saturday 27 April to Saturday 2 May 2019, Casa Pallotti (near Milgrove, Yarra Valley)

The Melbourne Zen Group Autumn Sesshin is a silent, seven-day traditional Zen retreat in the company of dedicated and supportive fellow practitioners, in a beautiful setting in the Yarra Ranges.

The retreat includes extended periods of sitting and walking meditation, samu (work as practice), rest periods, teisho (Dharma talks) and dokusan (private meetings with teachers about practice).

Kirk Fisher, Apprentice Teacher in the Diamond Sangha, will assist Susan at this sesshin.

Enquiries: Tanya,

Place Availability - Fully Booked
This sesshin is now fully booked, and a waiting list applies.

Please email Tanya at to place yourself on the waiting list.

Important Booking Dates
Sunday, 3 March - MZG member booking-priority ends

Friday, 29 March - Early-Bird discount ends

Friday, 12 April - Last day to advise of special diet needs

Friday, 26 April - All sesshin fees must be fully paid by this date

Part-time Places
Priority is given to full-time bookings (Saturday to Saturday). Part-time bookings are subject to place availability, and may not be confirmed until after 29 March. You can however apply for a part-time place before 29 March to take advantage of the Early-Bird discount, and to secure your place in the waiting list, should part-time places be available.
Orientation to Group Ritual
Group ritual is part of the Zen tradition and plays an important role in sesshin.

If you haven’t previously sat with the MZG (or another Diamond Sangha group, or Zen Open Circle), we ask that you attend one of our orientations to group ritual prior to the sesshin.

Dates for upcoming orientations are available on our website -

Meals and Accomodation
Accomodation is shared cabins with some opportunities for camping by prior arrangement. Contact to discuss.

Shared vegetarian meals are a part of our ritual, and we invite you to put aside personal dietary preferences for the duration of sesshin. We do our best however, to cater for special diets that are required for health reasons - eg.low FODMAP. There's a place on the next page of the application form to let us know about your needs.

Start and Finish Times
Please arrive between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 27 April, to be ready for a 6pm start.

Sesshin concludes Saturday 4 May around 2pm-3pm, after lunch and shared cleaning-up of the venue.

Part-time arrival and departure times will be arranged on a case-by-case basis to minimise disruption to full-time participants.

Airport Arrivals
Allow 2 hours for travel between Melbourne Airport and Casa Pallotti. We’ll do our best to arrange a lift for you from the airport, however if you arrive after 12pm on Saturday, we might not be able to help.
Your booking cannot be confirmed until the MZG receives payment of either your full fee - or at least $60 deposit.

Cash and Cheque payment are by prior arrangement only.

EFT payment is preferred.

Please use the payment reference April-Surname.

Melbourne Zen Group
Westpac Bank
BSB: 033157
Acc#: 169905

Please contact to discuss any payment difficulties or special arrangements.

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