1/2 day Retreats 

Our 1/2 day Zen retreats are from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Bozeman Dharma Center. This is a wonderful way to deepen your practice, get some experience with retreat practice and still have your weekend!

Please sign up for half-day retreats by calling Karen at 406-600-0918 or emailing Bozeman Zen Group.  Plan to arrive by 8:20 am. Tea and snacks are available. We ask for a $10 donation for the morning to support the Zen group, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. There is opportunity to give dana to the teacher as well.


  • Saturday,  March 4 – Appropriate Response
  • Saturday,  May 20 – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
  • Saturday,  October 7 – Working with HIndrances
  • Saturday,  December 9 – What is Enlightenment

2017 BZG Weekend Retreats with Guest Teachers  

♥ Norman and Kathie Fischer – Friday July 7 – 9:  Zen and Yogacara. During this weekend retreat we will focus on teachings from Vasubandhu’s famous Thirty Verses and koans from the Book of Serenity. These evoke the “mind only” teachings of the Yogacara school of Buddhism which, as foundational to Zen, are found throughout Zen stories as well as Dogen’s writing. Our goal is to bring these profound teachings to practical, everyday matters: How do we see our lives, how do we live them? The retreat will include sitting, presentation, and informal discussion. Find out more about these wonderful teachers here: Everyday Zen. Retreat schedule:

  • Friday evening 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (open to the public)
  • Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm


♥ Laurie Senauke Friday, April 7 – Saturday, April 8Make Friends With Your Inner Critic – In meditation practice, we turn the light inward; we encounter different aspects of ourselves, including our “inner critic.” We may wish we could get it to just shut up, but opening to it, we can forge a partnership and unleash energy, courage and spaciousness.

 In this workshop, we will use visualization and writing prompts along with sitting meditation, to befriend this challenging voice in our inner conversation. Laurie Senauke began formal Zen Practice in 1980, at SFZC and Tassajara. She served as Shuso at Berkeley Zen Center and received lay recognition in 2006. She was editor of Windbell for three years, assisted in writing/editing two Zen Center-related books, and was a contributor to Dharma Family Treasures and The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women. Find out more at Laurie Senauke.

2017 Bozeman Dharma Center Upcoming WEEKEND RETREATS

AUGUST 11-13 DONALD ROTHBERG offered by the Bozeman Insight Community


If you can offer housing for out of town guests for any retreat, please let Karen know.