4-DAY Mountains & Rivers Backpacking Sesshin

Our next Mountains and Rivers Sesshin will take place Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28, at Point Reyes.

The sesshin will begin with an orientation meeting Wednesday evening, July 24, in the Community Room. Thursday morning we will carpool to Point Reyes, then hike from the Bear Valley trailhead to Coast Camp (5.5 miles), moving at a moderate pace with frequent rest stops and lunch along the way. We will get back to Berkeley around 5:00 pm Sunday. All meals are provided and camping experience is not required. Everyone is encouraged to do the full four days, but provision will also be made for those who may have to arrive late.

The signup sheet will be posted on the BZC bulletin board. Signup deadline is Saturday, July 20. The fee is $75. If you have any questions, please call Ken Knabb at (510) 527-0959 or email him at knabb@bopsecrets.org.

Sample Schedule

Wednesday

6:30 - 7:30 pm
Orientation
meeting in BZC
Community Room

Thursday

6:30 am
Meet in front
of BZC
Drive to Point
Reyes

8:00 am
Breakfast at restaurant
near Point Reyes

9:45 am
Gather at trailhead

10:00 am
Hike in silence

12:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm
Hike in silence

2:00 pm
Arrive at campsite
(5.5 miles).
Set up tents.
Free time

5:00 pm
Zazen at campsite

5:25 pm
Service (Heart Sutra).

5:30 pm
Dinner

6:30 pm
Break

7:30 pm
Zazen on
the beach
(two 40-minute periods)

9:00 pm
To bed

Friday

5:00 am
Wake up

5:30 am
Zazen at campsite
(two 40-minute periods)

7:00 am
Service

7:10 am
Breakfast

8:00 am
Hot drinks and break

9:00 am
Mountains and Rivers Sutra
(reading and discussion)

10:30 am
Free time for day hikes, hanging out at beach, picnic lunch, etc.

5:00 pm
Zazen at campsite

5:25 pm
Service

5:30 pm
Dinner

6:30 pm
Break

7:30 pm
Zazen on the beach
(two 40-minute periods)

9:00 pm
To bed

Saturday

5:00 am
Wake up

5:30 am
Zazen at campsite
(two 40-minute periods)

7:00 am
Service

7:10 am
Breakfast

8:00 am
Hot drinks and break

9:00 am
Mountains and Rivers Sutra
(reading and discussion)

10:30 am
Free time for day hikes, hanging out at beach, picnic lunch, etc.

5:00 pm
Zazen at campsite

5:25 pm
Service

5:30 pm
Dinner

6:30 pm
Break

7:30 pm
Zazen on the beach
(two 40-minute periods)

9:00 pm
To bed

Sunday

5:00 am
Wake up

5:30 am
Zazen at campsite
(two 40-minute periods)

7:00 am
Service

7:10 am
Breakfast

8:00 am
Hot drinks and break

8:30 am
Mountains and Rivers Sutra
(reading and discussion)

9:30 am
Packing up

10:30 am
Hike in silence

12:15 pm
Lunch

1:15 am
Hike in silence

3:00 pm
Arrive at trailhead
Closing meeting

3:30 pm
Drive to Berkeley

5:00 pm
Arrive at BZC