Diane Musho Hamilton, Roshi

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Two Arrows Zen Spring Sesshin
Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi
April 21-28, 2018
Torrey Zendo, 57 South 300 West, Torrey, Utah

In 2019, Two Arrows Zen will offer two weeks of Spring Sesshin, April 21 – 28 with Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi, and April 28 – May 5 with Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Roshi.  Participants may register for one or both weeks of Sesshin. See the registration information below for more details.

The Two Arrows Zen Sangha practices together during a traditional Zen sesshin, an intensive meditation retreat dedicated to the practice of zazen. Even when not in the meditation hall, participants endeavor to maintain a spirit of quiet and whole-hearted attention at all times — in all forms of practice.

Spring Sesshin with Musho Roshi begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 21 and ends at noon, Sunday, April 28. The Spring Sesshin includes two ceremonies, Shukke Tokkudo — the monk’s ordination, and the Jukai ceremony when new practitioners receive the Precepts.

To register for Spring Sesshin you need to be able to participate in all activities and agree to attend the full-week retreat. If you have not completed a multi-day program with us before or have never participated in a Zen Sesshin, please CLICK HERE to request an interview. We will be in touch promptly to discuss your registration.


Registration includes meals. Lodging is booked separately.


One-Week Registration, Sunday 4/21, 4:00 pm to Sunday 4/28, noon.
$795 Two Arrows Zen Members
$895 General Admission



Two-Week Registration, Sunday 4/21, 4:00 pm to Sunday 5/5, noon.
$1295 Two Arrows Zen Members
$1495 General Admission

Please CLICK HERE for our Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Scholarships and work-trade in service to the community help us to offer partial tuition reductions to young practitioners and Two Arrows Zen members who are recent graduates, or those with life-stage limited income or long-distance travel costs.

Please consider making a donation at registration to support our scholarship and work-trade practitioners attending Spring Sesshin. All contributions will be applied directly to support all categories of participation and to encourage diversity in our community of practice.

Two Arrows Zen members with life-stage limited income, long-distance travel costs, full-time students or recent graduates, and those under 30 may request to contribute work-trade in service to the community in exchange for partial tuition reduction. Work-trade may include early arrival or late departure to help with set up and closing, as well as extra shifts in addition to the samu period. APPLY FOR WORK-TRADE

Torrey is 215 miles from Salt Lake City which is the nearest airport. Plan for 4 hours of travel time between SLC to Torrey. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation. We will put registrants in touch with each other to facilitate ride shares.

The retreat opens with check-in at 3:00 pm. Monks, work-trade participants and those in staff and service positions (ino, doan, mukugyo, jishas) are asked to arrive in time for lunch and the afternoon session. See the schedule below.

The retreat ends on Sunday, April 28 at noon. Please plan your travel to depart on Sunday, April 28 no earlier than 12:30 pm.


Two Arrows Zen maintains a beautiful Sangha House in Torrey, a short drive from the Zendo. Shared dormitory-style lodging is $35/night. Located in the Sleeping Rainbow area just north of Torrey, you will enjoy an exquisite view of the red rock cliffs and a comfortable, spacious living space, and two full baths with tubs. Bedding, towels, and Internet service are included. The Sangha House is located about 3 miles from the Zendo and is a lovely bike ride, a 30-minute walk, or a 5-minute drive.

On-site camping is reserved for monks, staff, and approved work-trade early arrivals.

Camping for other retreat participants is at Sand Creek Camp and RV operated by Leslie and Harry Eubanks, a five-minute walk from the Boulder Mountain Zendo in Torrey. Call directly to make reservations. For more information: http://www.sandcreekrv.com, Phone: 435-425-3577

Night temperatures in Torrey in late April are usually in the 40’s but can be colder.

There are also many moderately priced motels and cabin rentals in and near Torrey. Late April is high season, so book your lodging early. For current listings and availability consult Trip Advisor or similar sites. AirBnB and VRBO are also good sources for lodging in Torrey and nearby locations in Wayne County.

We can recommend these AirBnB listings with friends of Two Arrows Zen:

Lodging open in April within a five-minute walk of the Zendo, are:

  • Sand Creek Camp & RV (cabins too)
  • Torrey Trading Post Cabins
  • Capitol Reef Inn
  • Austin’s Chuck Wagon Motel
  • Motel Torrey

You will enjoy three healthy and nutritious meals a day during the retreat. Coffee, tea and snacks are included.

Special Diet Requests
Meals are vegetarian-based, with other protein options at most meals. Everyone is served the same meal. If you have medically necessary dietary restrictions, such as strictly gluten-free or lactose-free, we ask that you bring your own food to supplement. We will have gluten-free cereals available at breakfast and a limited supply of other gluten-free items at other meals. A medically diagnosed allergy to seafood or nuts requires that you inform us, and maintain your own rescue medication, such as an epi-pen.

We regret we are not able to prepare special meals for individuals or provide refrigerated food storage in the kitchen. There are extra coolers if you bring items that need to be stored on ice. There is a general convenience store in Torrey for snacks and personal items. The nearest grocery store is an 18-mile drive.

SCHEDULE (subject to revision)

Shukke Tokkudo: monk’s ordination, Monday, April 22.
Dinner 6:00 pm; ceremony at 7:30 pm.

Jukai: receiving the Precepts, Saturday, April 27.
Ceremony 5:00 pm, followed by dinner and evening social.

For those receiving vows, please invite your family and friends to share these special occasions with you.

Sunday, Arrival Day
12:00 Lunch (monks, staff, work-trade, & service roles)
12:30 Retreat Prep (monks, staff, work-trade, & service roles)
3:00 Check-in (all participants)
4:00 Service Practice
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Zazen
8:30 Close

Typical Daily Schedule (M-F)
6:00 Zazen
8:00 Service
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Community Meeting
9:15 Work Period / Samu
10:30 Personal Time
11:00 Zazen/Dharma Talk
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Rest/Exercise
4:00 Zazen
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Zazen
8:30 Close