Sesshin at Mount Carmel

Hosted by Zendo West

aerial view of Mount Carmel

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Here you will find important information about sesshin hosted by Zendo West and held at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls Ontario. All members of Toronto Zendo sanghas of SanbĂ´ Zen are welcome to attend. You will find more information below. Please direct all questions and concerns about sesshin to Stan. If you would like to get on the Sesshin Invitation Email List, please email Stan and ask him to add you. For questions about, or suggestions for this webpage, please also contact Stan. Thank you.

stan [dot] kr [at] gmail [dot] com     Last Update March. 20, 2020

Sesshin Dates

NOTE: The date scheduled for Rohatsu 2020 has been changed to Dec. 4 to 11 (The previous date was Dec. 1 to 8). Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sesshin Dates:

Sesshin Location:

Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls

Sesshin Registration:

Please let Stan know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending.

Sesshin Fees:

Our fees* are the usual: $135. per day + $25. for miscellaneous expenses. The miscellaneous fees are the same for full time or part-time.

Full time for a 5-day sesshin is $700.00 CAN

Full time for a 7-day sesshin (Rohatsu) is $970.00 CAN.

How to Pay...

*Fees may change and will be clarified in your invitation email.

(Note for future date: Kenshukai, hosted by Zendo West - August 9 -17, 2025)

Detailed Sesshin Information

Who may Attend

Open to all members of the Toronto Zendo community.

Registering and Payment Information

Registration with Stan is required. More information, and payment details can be found here.

Arrival and Departure

For detailed explaination, please click here.

Sesshin Schedule

The Finalized Schedule, similar to this Sample Sesshin Schedule, but specific to your sesshin, will be emailed to you upon registration, and before sesshin begins.

Your Time Here

Rooms are all private with their own baths, and are supplied with linens, towels, kleenex and small soap packets. Mass services at neighbouring Our Lady of Peace is held on Saturday at 4:00pm and on Sunday at 10:00am.


Meals will be strictly vegetarian. Special dietary Restrictions will be accomodated, if possible...

Once registered with Stan, if you have any special dietary requirements please communicate them to Joyce Nero of Mount Carmel Retreat Centre as soon as possible:

Joyce Nero, Reservations Office
Phone: 905-356-4113 ext 4200

All mealtimes are of 45-minute duration starting exactly at 8:00am, 12:00noon, and 5:30pm. Meals will be served in the Main Dinning Hall on the 1st floor.

What to Bring

We will have a zabuton for you, and should be able to let you use one zafu, however we request that you please bring your own zafu, if you are able, especially if you feel you may need an extra zafu at any time during the sesshin. We do not have any benches for participants, however we are able to supply chairs and small stools.

You will need an alarm clock for waking-up, and while not required, you may want to bring your own cup or mug for tea/coffee as the cups available during tea breaks are styrofoam.

Maps, Guidelines, Booklets, Floor Plans, and Other Helpful Information

Sesshin Sutra Booklet - a printed copy will be provided (Please do not take home)

Walk to Niagara Falls - Directions and Maps

Mount Carmel Floor Plans

Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre Guest Information Booklet

Sesshin Guidelines

Formal Procedure for Having Dokusan with the Roshi

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