Sesshin is a Japanese term meaning 'to settle the Mind, to touch the Mind, to convey the Mind'.


The term is used in Zen Buddhism to describe intensive periods of zazen meditation and dokusan that take place over a period of days, traditionally seven.

Sesshin encourages deepening of practice.

Presently, the ZGWA holds two sesshins each year: the non-residential Summer Sesshin in the city of Perth and the residential seven-day Spring Sesshin in Balingup, in the South West.

Our next Sesshin takes place at 'A Place to Just Be' in Fremantle from January 24 to January 28, 2020 -the Sesshin is currently full but please register to be added to the waiting list.

Click here to download a registration form

If you have any enquiries about Sesshin, contact the ZGWA's Sesshin Coordinator, Andrea Donhue, at


Membership entitles you to reserved and discounted places for Sesshins and Zazenkais, as well as use of our library and a subscription to The Wobbly Pot. Membership  provides vital financial support for the group's activities. 

Download a membership form.


The Zen Group of Western Australia
PO Box 442


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