Zazenkai: Zen Silent Daylong Retreat

Dec 10 (Sat)
9:00am - 5:00pm
Santa Monica

Join us for sitting, walking, and eating in silence using the simple meditation practice forms of the Soto Zen tradition.

Ava Stanton will lead this daylong retreat of silent meditation, ending with a Dharma Talk, questions and answers. Ava is a Lay Entrusted Teacher in the Suzuki Roshi Zen lineage (San Francisco Zen Center), as well as a teacher of Basics of Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion at InsightLA.

Following an orientation to the forms and essence of Zen practice, we will keep silence, giving ourselves the safe container to drop in to our mindfulness with the support of others on the mindful path.

Please bring a simple lunch to be eaten together in silence. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity for a practice discussion conversation with Ava.

We welcome people who sit in chairs, who need to lie down, or need other physical accomodations.

No one will be turned away for financial reasons.

*Ava will be assisted by long-time Zen students from the Friday morning Zen sitting group at InsightLA and the Ocean Moon Sangha of Hill Street Center.
Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

Sliding scale from $45 to $75 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing

Enrollment Limit:
50 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Please wear comfortable clothing in muted colors. Cushions and chairs are available or you can bring your own seating if you like.
Contact Information: or (310) 450-1821. If you have not yet sat with Ava, please send her a quick email about your practice so she can provide you with appropriate support. or 310-450-1821