Dairyuji

Zen Mindfulness Retreat
October 25 - 27, 2019

Enjoy a weekend of mindfulness to reconnect with yourself through yoga and meditation. Our retreat is open to all levels of experience in meditation, mindfulness and yoga. Whatever you need, we hope you will be able to find it at Dairyuji.

If you're curious about life in a working Buddhist temple or are looking for ways to rebalance, we think you'll enjoy our retreat. Structured with just the right amount of planned activities, excursions and togetherness, there is plenty of downtime, as well an opportunity to explore the spectacular peninsula. 

OUR FALL RETREAT WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 25th - 27th, 2019. 

All inclusive price is $500

Please fill out the application at bottom of page to sign up.

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
— Shunryu Suzuki

ZAZEN MEDITATION

YOGA

  • If you've never meditated before, don't worry.

  • For those who would like guidance or to learn what to expect we will have a short workshop on Friday evening to show you the basics.

  • We will have both sitting and walking meditation sessions.

  • Meditation instructions will be provided in English.

  • Our instructor Aiko is a beautiful warm soul with a genuine and inclusive nature.

  • The focus will be on the body / mind connection so your ability to do all of the poses perfectly is less important than allowing yourself to be in the moment.

  • We will provide yoga mats. You don't need special equipment, loose comfortable clothing is perfect.

  • Yoga instructions will be conducted in Japanese with English interpretation.

 

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Retreat Schedule

 

Friday

 

Saturday

 

Sunday

 


by 7:00pm

Travel day

Make your way to Oga Peninsula by one of the methods of transport outlined below, to arrive at the temple by 7:00pm.

 

7:00PM

Arrival

Arrive at the temple, get acquainted with your new surroundings and meet your hosts Keno and Gretchen.

7:30 PM

Welcome

Nighttime meditation

Learn the basics of meditation while overlooking lit-up zen garden. We will provide guidance for those who are new to meditation.

10:00PM

Lights out 

*We respectfully ask that lights are out by 10:00pm in the sleeping area. Anyone who would like to read or talk with friends may do so in separate room.


6:30am

Morning meditation

Morning bell will ring at 6:00am, meditation begins at 6:30am in tea room. 

7:00am

Breakfast 

 9:30-11:00AM

 Yoga

or

Walking Meditation

or

Tour of the temple

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 12:00PM

   Lunch

Share a family style lunch in temple followed by free time to relax or explore the temple grounds.   

3:00pm

Group Excursion

Drive up the stunning coastline, visit a local onsen (optional bath, but always popular) and watch the sunset on the Sea of Japan.

Eat dinner at local restaurant.

Enjoy a one of kind drum performance from the Namahage Daiko.

10:00pm

Lights Out


6:30am

Morning meditation

Morning bell will ring at 6:00am, meditation begins at 6:30am in tea room. 

7:00am

Breakfast

9:30am

Dharma talk

12:00PM

Lunch

Enjoy a bento lunch `picnic` style. 

1:30PM

Goodbyes

Share a moment to say our goodbyes to our new sanga (community). 

 
 
 

Meals

Five meals will be served, including one dinner, two breakfasts and two lunches.

We set up a buffet style breakfast with local breads, homemade scones, oatmeal, yogurt and granola, fruit tea and coffee, juices etc....

Lunch will be catered by a local restaurant using seasonally available ingredients.

Snacks, water, tea and coffee are always available in tea room.

Our Saturday evening meal will be at a local izakaya where we will also enjoy a thrilling drum performance. This is not to be missed!

 
 

OTHER INFORMATION

The price is all inclusive of accommodation, amenities, meals and activities. Once you arrive no money is necessary. 

You will be assigned Japanese futon mattress-style bedding in shared tatami rooms, separated by gender. Two to four people per room.

We have a shared private bathroom for showering; separate male and female toilets and powder rooms.

Fresh towels, and toiletries such as bath soap, shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer etc. will be provided.

During these three days we have planned activities, such as meditation, yoga and a cultural event, plus plenty of time to relax and explore the temple.

register for retreat

Join us

 

Registration for Fall Retreat, October 25-27th, 2019 is open.  

The all-inclusive price for this retreat is $500.

Includes all meals, accommodation and activities from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Your personal travel costs to get to the retreat are not included in this price.

Please make your own way to Dairyuji Temple, Oga Peninsula by 7:00pm Friday.
Directions below.

 
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Directions to Dairyuji

Traveling FROM Tokyo (or further) to AKITA

Fly into Akita Komachi Airport or take the Akita Komachi shinkansen bullet train to Akita Station.

From Akita Station take JR Oga Line to its final destination, Oga Station. (¥700 yen, 55 minutes)
From there, it is a ten minute walk or a 2 minute taxi ride to the temple.

 

from Akita KOMACHI Airport to OGA

Option 1: Take Akita Limousine Bus, which departs regularly for Akita Station. (¥900 yen, 30 minutes)

From Akita Station take JR Oga Line to its final destination, Oga Station. (¥700 yen, 55 minutes)
From there, it is a ten minute walk or a 2 minute taxi ride to the temple.

Option 2:

Take Akita Liner Taxi Van directly to Oga Station from Akita Komachi Airport. (¥3400, 80 minutes)

From there, it is a ten minute walk or a 2 minute taxi ride to the temple.

 

*We are happy to pick up our Mindfulness Retreat participants from Oga Station station if we are notified of your arrival time.