Sesshin (Retreat)

BZC Summer Residential Zen Retreat, Aug 5-11


Watershed Retreat Center
44 Kaye Rd
Millerton, NY 12546
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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please sign up to the Wait List if you wish to be notified in case a spot opens up due to cancellations.

Kosen Gregory Snyder and Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin will co-lead our annual week-long Soto Zen retreat at the Watershed Retreat Center.

This special offering is an opportunity to deepen practice through living communally on a 73-acre farm adjacent to state forest. We’ll move through the rhythms of a daily semi-monastic schedule, which includes zazen, service, study, dharma talks, discussions, meeting with teachers, and silent meals, along with time for swimming or walks in the woods.

Equitable Pricing Model

BZC is committed to offering classes, workshops, and retreats on a sliding scale in an aspiration to move towards equity within our sangha. Please see the Equitable Pricing Model to determine your registration rate level.

The cost includes retreat fees, housing (all housing is shared rooms), vegetarian meals (with option for vegan), and snacks. Transportation and dana for teachers is not included.

Funding is available for BIPOC practitioners as well as those in need. Please use this form if the pricing model doesn’t work for you.

Space is limited.



Kosen Gregory Snyder was raised in an Appalachian mountain valley along the banks of the Susquehanna river where his Pennsylvania Dutch family have lived and farmed for many generations. He is a dharma teacher, senior priest, and co-founder of Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) and Ancestral Heart Temple. He is also the Senior Director and Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary, where he directs and teaches in a Masters of Divinity program focused on Buddhism and Inter-religious Engagement. Kosen received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Soshin Teah Strozer, BZC’s honorary founding teacher, and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Kosen is active with multiple inter-religious, spiritual, and community networks organizing around peace-building, anti-racism, social justice, and living harmoniously with the Earth.

Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin is a dharma teacher and co-founder of Brooklyn Zen Center. She is also a clinical social worker in private practice since 2007. Before co-founding BZC, Laura trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, San Francisco Zen Center and Austin Zen Center where she served as Director. Laura received lay dharma entrustment from Teah Strozer in 2017. Laura is interested in how, alongside Zen training, other embodied wisdom modalities can support our collective healing and transformation from histories of racial, patriarchal and ecological violence. Laura co-created and co-facilitates the undoing whiteness program at BZC and leads retreats exploring patriarchal trauma and affirming the sacred feminine.


To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least two days before the beginning of the program. You may request a full refund by emailing This policy supports the organizing effort involved in managing registrations and cancellations and the largely volunteer-based structure of the Brooklyn Zen Center.

BZC Summer Residential Zen Retreat, Aug 5-11