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Soji’s Winter Sesshin

December 26-31, 2022

St. Raphaela Center

616 Coopertown Road, Haverford, PA

The retreat will begin on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Raphaela Center and will end on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 1:00 pm. There will be three ways to attend the retreat:

A) Full Retreat (12/26-31/22)

B) Partial retreat (Monday, 12/26 – Thursday, 12/29/22)

C) Partial retreat (Wednesday, 12/28 – Saturday, 12/31/22)

Our theme for the winter retreat will be “Practicing with the Three Tenets in Times of Fear and Uncertainty.” The three tenets of not knowing, bearing witness and compassionate action will form a central part of our study and reflection. The study text for sesshin is Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Roshi Joan Halifax. The book may be purchased on Amazon in the format most useful for you (paperback, Audible and/or Kindle). If you are not able to purchase the study text, please reach out to us after you have registered and paid for the sesshin so we can make arrangements for you to be able to engage with the study material.

To attend the sesshin, decide how you will be attending (A, B or C using the chart below) and then please fill out the registration form and make your payment at Soji or by using the Soji PayPal site. No registrations will be taken without the completed registration form. To receive the discount you should pay in full by December 5, 2022. Final payments are due by December 12, 2022 and no payment is refundable after the 12th.

We are requiring that all retreat participants be fullly vaccinated against COVID-19. Participants must have also recieved a booster shot within the six months prior to the year-end retreat. To provide proof of vaccination, please send a picture of your documentation to