Winter 2018 Practice Period at Tassajara

Led by Ryushin Paul Haller

January 6 – April 4, 2018
Applications: New due date is November 19

Tassajara’s ninety-day practice period follows the traditional Soto Zen monastic schedule. The practice period is an opportunity for experienced practitioners to join with the Tassajara community in intensive practice at Zen Mountain Center (Zenshinji).

The following prerequisites for the Winter 2018 practice period at Tassajara must be fulfilled in total for your application to be considered:

  • Completion of at least one two-month residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center or Green Gulch Farm
  • Commitment to complete the full three months
  • Submitting a complete application before the deadline
  • Tuition paid in full before the start of the practice period or use of a practice period credit earned before arrival and approved by the applications committee

Practice Period fees*: $3600 US (plus $30 application fee), which covers room, board and tuition. Payment in full is required BEFORE arrival at Tassajara unless another arrangement is made in advance with the director. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial scholarships for practice periods. However, a scholarship (which includes room, board, and tuition) may be earned by participating in the Work Practice Apprenticeship Program during the summer before the practice period.

*As the basic operating expenses for the practice period are in excess of $4500 per student, please consider donating more if you are able.

Based on our past experience, we expect that the seasonal rains will bring additional challenges to the monastery. These challenges include potential flooding as well as debris flow, slides, and erosion risks along the Tassajara road and throughout the valley. Due to these potential hazards, Tassajara practice period participants have been requested to sign a Waiver of Liability [Word] / [PDF].

Important Practice Period Documents:

Application deadline: Date changed to November 19, 2017.

The application and the $30 application fee (checks should be made out to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center) can be mailed to the address below, but it is preferred that the application and accompanying documents be sent via email to and the application fee be paid online (currently not available).

ZMC Practice Period Applications Committee
Tassajara Winter 2018 c/o Jacqueline Goveas
San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

For further information, please contact Jacqueline Goveas at