Zen Sesshins

Be aware. Transform your life.

The Zen Mindfulness Retreat offers the opportunity for an extended period of practice. At a retreat, we separate ourselves from our daily affairs in order to sink deeply into mindful practice, free to transcend the background chatter of our busy minds. These retreats follow the style and format initiated by Willigis Jaeger, O.S.B. (Ko-un Rōshi). Formal procedures are observed. We practice together but we do not interact. Silence is observed throughout the retreat with the exception of the opening and closing meals, private interviews with the teacher, and the question and answer periods. A brief mindfulness talk is given each morning by Randy Wolbert Rōshi and a brief question/answer period is conducted each afternoon by senior Zen students.

Retreats Hosted by Empty Cloud Sangha

Mindfulness Retreats (Zen Sesshins) are run by the Empty Cloud Sangha and are open to anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to attend and participate in the entire retreat. Priority registration is given to returning retreat attendees (alumni).

Interested persons can contact us at to be added to the waiting list.

Upcoming Retreat Dates

Tucson, Arizona 

February 15th -19th, 2023

February 28th - March 3rd, 2024

February 12th -16th, 2025

San Francisco, CA 

September 13th -17th, 2023

St. Louis, MO 

Death and Dying Retreat

Dates pending for 2024

External Trainings and Retreats


Empty Cloud Sangha collaborates with various other organizations to provide mindfulness sessions and trainings. Below is a partial listing of upcoming offerings, including links for more information when available. 

Zen Sesshin Sweden 2023

Mindfulness Zen Silent Retreat

May 3rd to May 7th, 2023

We are excited to host a Zen Sesshin in Sweden May 3rd-May 7th, 2023. The location is situated in Southern Sweden, by the sea in lovely springtime. Randy Wolbert, Röshi will lead us in deepening our mindfulness practice. For more information please see the link below, or the Facebook event page can be found by clicking here. The retreat will be held in English.ör-terapeuter/200023251084655