Introduction to Zen Meditation

  • Gassho Retreats Gassho Retreats
  • Cabarete, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 8 - 11, 2018 (4 days)
  • $1200-$1500

About us

The “Introduction to Zen” retreat from Gassho Retreats is scheduled around long weekends and has the objective of introducing Zen meditation to people with hectic lives. We will spend 4 days and 3 nights combining meditation, gentle yoga and wholesome foods with plenty of rest and hydration. The objective is to pause and learn valuable tools for incorporating a solid meditation practice in one’s life, regardless of how busy it may be.
Meditation sessions will be held twice per day, and they will be guided by Rev. Ryusho Joaquín Salazar, a high-rank Zen Buddhist priest affiliated to the Zen Peacemakers organization and the White Plum lineage.

Event Highlights

  • Introduction to Zen meditation led by Zen priest Rev. Ryusho Joaquín Salazar
  • 6 Zen sitting and walking meditation sessions
  • 5 sessions of gentle hatha yoga
  • Delicious, clean vegetarian meals using fresh local ingredients - All included
  • Plenty of remineralized water and herbal infusions for your continued hydration

Venue Highlights

- Close to downtown, yet conveniently secluded
- Curated gardens with a fantastic beachfront
- Infinity pool and two spacious palapas
- Full of amenities that will make your stay more comfortable
- TV and WIFI onsite, although we recommend to use them minimally or not at all


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House-Keeping


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Menu Types

  • Vegetarian


Ovolactic vegetarian fare including:
Examples of breakfast:
1. Freshly strained yogurt with fruit
2. Casabe topped with hummus and grilled peppers
3. Green smoothie
Examples of lunch:
1. Buddha bowl with seasonal veggies
2. Frittata with a mix of cheese, broccoli and onions
3. Gingered lentil soup
Examples of dinner:
1. Grilled veggies
2. General Tso's-style cauliflower
3. Thai-style veggie rolls


- Plush beds and linens to catch up on much-needed sleep
- Luxurious bathrooms for your complete relaxation - some include jacuzzi
- Solid construction that keeps noise out
- Beachfront facilities with a wide panoramic of Cabarete Bay for further contemplation


We are located about 25 minutes from Puerto Plata International Airport. Airport pick-up and drop off to Puerto Plata is included. Pick up and drop off at other airports (STI-2 hours away and SDQ-5 hours away) can be arranged but the cost is not included.

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