First Saturday retreats in Bethany House at the Trappist Abbey

Seven Thunders organizes first Saturday retreats in Bethany House at the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon, from 8:45 am to 12:00 noon. These gatherings usually occur on the first Saturday of each month, but dates can vary. The format is Christian contemplative prayer. The monks of the Trappist Abbey of Guadalupe graciously provide the space and sitting cushions (zabutons and zafus).

An orientation to sitting will be offered by our teachers before each Saturday retreat. Designed for those who are new to the practice of sitting prayer or meditation, these 20-30 minute informal sessions will begin at 8:15 A.M. at Bethany House.

See our event calendar for upcoming dates and teachers.

Weekly Sittings

Evening or morning sittings in the zazen or contemplative Christian traditions. There are opportunities for private interviews at these sittings when a teacher is present.

Portland-area Sittings

Monday evening zazen from 7:00 pm. to 8:30 pm at the Stones and Clouds Zendo in Lake Oswego. Dokusan/interviews will be offered. Cushions, benches, and stools are available.

Please contact Leonard Marcel at 503.636.9009 or for more information.

Olympia Sittings
Monday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 pm and every Saturday morning from 6:00 to 8:00 am in the Chapel of St. Michael Church, 1021 Boundary St. SE, Olympia WA 98501. There are three sittings (from 6:00 to 7:30), followed by a reading from contemplative writers and a questions and comments period.

Contact: Pat Harvey, 360-357-8401,

Redmond Sittings
Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm at 258 SW 5th St, Redmond OR 97756.

Contact: Richard or Leanne Latterell at 541-923-7607.

Other Pacific Northwest Diamond Sangha Groups

NO Sangha, Port Angeles
Teacher: Kristen Larsen. Zazen Saturday mornings, 8:00 to 9:30 am.

Contact: Kristen and Bill Larsen at NOSangha or 360-452-5534

Three Treasures Sangha, Seattle
Teacher: Jack Duffy. Zazen at Dharma Gate (1910 24th Ave S) on Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Friday mornings 6:30 to 7:30 am, followed by breakfast.

For more information or for a schedule of zazenkai and retreats, contact Larry Keil at 206-322-8759 or visit 

Zazenkai (on scheduled Saturdays)

Zazenkai, followed by a study group, is conducted at the Stones and Clouds zendo on scheduled Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. In addition to formal zazen there will be a sutra service, teisho, and kyosaku. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches. Tea and water will be provided. Please contact Leonard Marcel at 503-636-9009 or sends e-mail) if you are planning to attend and for more information both on the zazenkai and study group.  There is no charge for zazenkai, but, if affordable, a $15-20 tax-deductable contribution will help defray the cost of the event.

We are pleased to have Leonard Marcel Roshi and Br. Mark Filut OCSO lead our local sittings, giving talks and/or providing opportunities for interviews. Donation envelopes marked “for Teacher Support” will be available at all sittings. With your support we can continue to be generous to our teachers.

If you’d like more information, please email us.