Winter Sesshin - Men's Retreat in Torrey, Utah

Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei

February 4-11, 2018

Boulder Mountain Zendo in Torrey

Torrey, Utah


Welcome to Two Arrows Zen Winter Sesshin

Men's Retreat in Torrey


Two Arrows Zen first men's retreat in our new Zendo in Torrey, Utah will be led by Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei. This retreat is offered as an opportunity for men to experience the strong forms, rich ritual, and deep silence that have been refined through centuries of Zen practice. All male-identified practitioners of any sexual orientation are welcome. 


Sesshin is an intensive meditation retreat dedicated to the practice of zazen. Even when not in the meditation hall, participants endeavor to maintain deep quiet and full-hearted attention at all times -- in all forms of practice. 


The Winter Sesshin begins on Sunday, February 4 and ends Sunday, February 11. This intimate gathering is limited to 24 participants, including the Sensei and staff. 





Men of Two Arrows Zen,


     We are holding a men's week-long meditation retreat in Torrey February 4 through 11.  The new social building will be finished--a 20' x 30' board and batten building next to the outdoor kitchen.  It is insulated and heated with a wood burning stove, with large double pane windows and a wood chip floor.  It should be a comfortable place to take meals, to relax out of the weather during breaks in the schedule.  It will complement our new zendo in supporting our practice.  In the afternoons, we plan to go into the red rock country for hiking and sitting.  Meals will be prepared in the house on our new stove by Julia Kanro Sati, the best part of any Torrey retreat. 


     We plan a quiet, nourishing retreat during the quietest time of the year in Torrey, perfect for turning your light inward in a supportive circle of other men.  


     Join in supporting each other in practice, in silence, and in discussions about the nature of masculine energy and its place in the practice, the sangha, and the larger world.  


Deep bows,

Michael Mugaku Zimmerman, Sensei 



To register for Winter Sesshin you need to be able to participate in all activities and agree to attend all sessions. Prior participation in Days of Zen or at least one multi-day meditation retreat is recommended preparation.




Registration includes meals. Lodging is booked separately.



Full Week Registration, Sunday 2/4, 6:00 pm to Sunday 2/11, noon. 

$795 Two Arrows Zen Members 

$895 General Admission


Part Week Registration - Wednesday 2/7, 6:00 pm to Sunday 2/11, noon.

$495 Two Arrows Zen Members

$555 General Admission

Part-week registration is an option starting with any day of the week, with the agreement that you stay through the close on Sunday. For a customized registration link, please email admin(at)


Two Arrows Zen members may request work-trade for partial tuition remission by offering service to the community in exchange for extra work assignments. Work-trade includes work shifts during the retreat and arrival by noon on Sunday, February 4 to assist with preparations, and late departure on Sunday, February 11 to help with closing the facilities. 


Email Julia Kanro Sati  (admin(at) to request a work-trade agreement.

Making Travel Plans



Torrey is 215 miles from Salt Lake City which is the nearest airport. Plan for 4 hours of travel time from 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 officially opens with dinner on Sunday at 6:00 pm. All monks, work-trade registrants, staff, and those in service positions (ino, doan, mukugyo, jishas) are asked to arrive by noon for lunch followed by a work and service practice period. 


CLICK HERE for the retreat schedule on opening day and through the week.



Please plan your travel to depart after 12:00 pm on Sunday.




Two Arrows Zen Sangha House.

Two Arrows Zen maintains a beautiful Sangha House in Torrey, a short drive from the Zendo. Shared dormitory-style lodging is $30/night. There is one room with queen bed and full bedding for $50/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, including a fully equipped kitchen and two full baths with tubs. Sheets, 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. A maximum of 10 spaces are available.


You can reserve and pay for your space in the Sangha House when you register for the retreat.


Other local hotels and cabins are open for reservations in the off-season. Check Trip Advisor or similar travel sites for information and recommendations. AirBnB and VRBO are also good sources for winter lodging in Torrey and nearby locations in Wayne County.

Please note that Sand Creek RV & Camp is closed for the winter season.


You will enjoy three healthy and nutritious meals a day during the retreat. Meals are largely vegetarian, with some other protein options at lunch. 


Special Diet Requests

Main courses are vegetarian-based with other protein options available. 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. 

Two Arrows Zen Scholarship Fund


One of the commitments of our practice is that everyone with a sincere desire and the ability to practice is welcome, and no one is excluded on the basis of financial resources. We practice in order to grow in generously receiving and generously giving.

Please consider making a donation in any amount when you register to help support our scholarship practitioners attending Rohatsu Sesshin.  All contributions will be applied directly to support all categories of participation, and to encourage diversity in our community of practice.

Retreat Schedule


Opening Day Schedule: Sunday, February 4

All monks, staff, work-trade registrants, and those in service positions arrive by noon. 


Noon        Lunch

1 - 4 pm   Retreat Prep and Service Practice

4 - 6 pm   Check-in (all retreatants)

6:00 pm   Dinner & Orientation

7:15 pm   Zazen 

8:30 pm   Close

Typical Daily Schedule (M-F)

Subject to change 

  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

  1:00                          Lunch 

  1:30                          Outings/Rest/Exercise*

  4:00                          Zazen/ Dharma Talk

  6:00                          Dinner

  7:15                          Zazen

  8:30                          Close

*Afternoon outings will be scheduled based on weather.