Silver Spring Zendo/One Heart Sangha Sesshin
May 16-19, 2019

Wellspring Conference Center--  Germantown, MD

Teachers: Sensei Robert Jin Gen Ertman and other White Plum Asanga teachers

Join us for this time of sitting in appreciation of the fullness of our lives just as they are now. Our time together will consist of blocks of zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talks, and optional interviews, as well as rest practice and meals together. Throughout the sesshin we will practice supportive silence of attentiveness.

Sesshin details:
Check-in begins at 4:30 PM on Thursday, May 16.  The full sesshin starts at 7:30 PM on Thursday and concludes after lunch (noon Sunday): cost $360-380 (sliding scale). Fee includes room and fresh cooked healthy meals, teas and coffee, including vegetarian fare.   


While you are encouraged to be present for the entire 3-day sesshin, other options are available:  two nights, $260; one night, $130; and the Saturday all-day sitting with lunch (9:30 AM - 5:15 PM), $50.  

Other schedules can be requested—please email Registrar. Discounts and scholarships are available—please ask the Register—we want everyone to be able to come to sesshin. Please request at time of registration. Or please consider paying a little more to help fund the discounts.

Please register by May 7 so we can have adequate time to plan:  there are 18 private rooms.  If there are more of us, then some rooms can be shared or there is semi-private space or camping also available. Normally, we are able to give everyone a private room, but those who register late may have to share a room.  Please wear comfortable clothing, avoiding strong perfumes or scents. There is a kitchen in each of the lodging houses available. Normally, we are able to give everyone a private room. Ask if you have questions.

To register or for questions, please contact the Registrar, Martine Palmiter at and give her your name, phone, email, emergency contact information, and dates and times you are arriving and departing. Then, send your nonrefundable $100 deposit or full payment by May 7 to: 1) PayPal on the website—or 2) mail a check payable to Silver Spring Zendo. Send checks to:  Stephen Bellotti, c/o Silver Spring Zendo, 4305 Dresden Street, Kensington, MD 20895-4102.  Silver Spring Zendo is an affiliate of Zen Peacemakers International.

Wellspring Conference Center, a beautiful wooded location, is 25 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and 50 miles from downtown Baltimore. The center is one and one-half miles east of the intersections of Interstate 270 and Maryland Route 118 in Germantown, Maryland. See website above for directions.