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.

Usually, the ZGWA holds two sesshins each year:

  1. a non-residential Summer Sesshin, and

  2. a residential Spring Sesshin held over seven days at Balingup, located in the South West of WA. 

Our Spring Sesshin this year is being held over the period 25 September to 2 October 2021. 

More details to follow. 

If you have any enquirers about Sesshin, contact the ZGWA's Sesshin Coordinator, Andrea Donohue, at