During Temple Stays, visitors can rest in the calm, restorative environment of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. A stay at our center is a unique retreat into a spiritual sanctuary surrounded by natural beauty. We are located in the heart of Sonoma County, overlooking the Valley of the Moon on the northern slope of Sonoma Mountain. This rural setting is filled with redwood forests, oak groves, and sweeping vistas.During your stay, you can join in the meditation periods, services, and communal meals of our daily temple life or spend time alone reading, writing, or hiking. In addition to walking trails on our grounds, North Slope Regional Park and Jack London State Park are a close driving distance from the center.  


Temple stay is an opportunity to experience authentic Soto Zen Buddhism, its lifestyle, rituals and spirituality. Take the backward step, sit down and illuminate the jewel within yourself.

The Special Program includes:
  • Meditation

  • Touring the grounds / volunteering selfless service

  • Tea ceremony

1st Day (Friday)

 2:00 p.m. Check-in

 Upon arrival Orientation - basic temple rules

 4:00 p.m. Dinner

 6:30 p.m. Meditation, Buddhist Service

2nd Day (Saturday)

 5:00 a.m. Wake up

 5:15 a.m. Meditation, Buddhist Service

 7:00 a.m. Breakfast

 9:00 a.m. Nature Walk

12:00 noon Lunch


We would appreciate your observing the following guidelines:
  • Please attend both Buddhist services

  • Please be on time for all scheduled events

  • Please maintain silence

  • Please take off socks in meditation hall

  • Clean your room on your last day

What to bring:
  • Running-shoes or hiking boots

  • Socks

  • A towel

  • Toothbrush

  • Personal water bottle

  • Warm clothes: long sleeves, pants, sweater

  • Jacket (it can be very cold on Sonoma Mountain)

  • Comfortable clothing (dress in layers) to wear in zendo (no shorts or sleeveless tops)

April, July & October (See Calendar for dates.)
Temple stay fee for one night/two days:
$100 per day (dormitory room without restroom) to
$180 per day (private room with restroom)