Melissa offers retreats in the Zen tradition, at Boundless Way Temple (Mugendo-ji) in Worcester, MA, USA, where she is a resident teacher and priest.

Monthly Zazenkai: Koan Salon and Practice Periods (9 AM to 5 PM) are offered at Boundless Way Temple once each month.  The day includes a morning class, called a koan salon, exploring Zen koan practice in a group setting,  for which you must register, followed by an afternoon of  sitting and walking meditation, chanting practice, individual meetings with a teacher (dokusan) and dharma talks and group discussions.  There is also a Temple care-taking (samu) period. You may come for all or part of the day, and there is no need for advance registration for the afternoon.  Please bring your own lunch.   For the zazenkai schedule, go to www.worcesterzen.org.

Multi-day intensive residential retreats (sesshin) are offered at Boundless Way Temple, and vary from 3 to 7 days in length.  You may register to attend all or part of a sesshin, but priority of acceptance is given to people who can attend the entire retreat period.  The word sesshin means, “to touch the heart-mind.” Each day includes 16 hours (5 AM to 9 PM) of zen practice, including sitting and walking meditation, liturgy services (chanting practice), individual meetings with a teacher (dokusan), dharma talks and group discussion, care-taking practice (samu), rest periods,  and oryoki (meditative dining. You must register in advance through Boundless Way Temple: http://www.worcesterzen.org.

The Coming and Going Sesshin is offered for two weeks each year.  You can attend all or part of the sesshin, and if you choose to be in residence, you must register in advance for the number of days you wish to attend. http://worcesterzen.org You may also come to all or part of any day or days of the practice period without being in residence, and without registering in advance.  The Coming and Going Sesshin schedule is similar to a regular sesshin, but less intensive, and includes all of the practices offered at sesshin. The Coming and Going Sesshin day is 15 hours long (6 AM to 9 PM), and has longer rest periods and non-oryoki, buffet-style silent meals.