Everyday Zen Foundation

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All-Day Sitting


March 28, 2020

Green Gulch Farm

We are monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation carefully as it unfolds in the Bay Area. Following the lead of Green Gulch Farm, at this time we plan to proceed with our March All-Day Sit.

If that changes, we will let you know through this mailing list.

In the meantime, please observe these protocols so that we can safely continue practicing together in person:

Please join us at our next All-Day Sitting

with Zoketsu Norman Fischer:

Saturday, March 28, 2020
9:00 — 5:00
Green Gulch Farm

Procedures for the All-Day Sitting have changed.
Please read this entire email.

How to Register

Registration for the EDZ All-Day Sittings at Green Gulch Farm (GGF) are handled by the GGF Reservations Office and through their website, unless you are requesting an EDZ scholarship.

NOTE: To accommodate more EDZ sangha members, Green Gulch has implemented a change to their registration process starting with the Feb 29th All Day Sit. Advance registration, open to any one, is available on the Green Gulch website before this invitation goes out for the first 20 registrants. Once 20 people are registered, open registration temporarily closes.

Just before we send this invitation to the EDZ sangha, Green Gulch will release 40 additional seats along with 10 EDZ scholarship seats.
Please register as early as you can after receiving this invitation and no later than end of day Wednesday before the Saturday sit. Seating at GGF is limited to 70 and registration may close sooner if the list fills up.

To register without requesting an EDZ scholarship, visit the GGF event page by clicking the "register" button below where you can complete your registration and pay online. On that page you will also find instructions for completing your registration by phone.

Members of the EDZ sangha requesting EDZ scholarships, please register here: EDZ Scholarship Request and Registration.
Register (GGF)



Except for those cancelling EDZ Scholarships registrations, all cancellations should be made through Green Gulch. Please see Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations on the GGF website.

For EDZ scholarship deadlines and cancellations, please see EDZ Scholarship Request and Registration.

What to Bring

Zafus, a few sitting benches, support cushions, and zabutons will be provided by GGF. You may bring your own zafus, support cushions, and benches if you wish, but do not bring zabutons or chairs.

If you plan to sit on a chair, please note that on the registration form. 

Fees and Dana

The registration fee at GGF is $70–$100 and is paid when registering through the website or by phone. This covers lunch, tea/coffee, and some Dana to Norman. It does not include gifts to the scholarship fund, additional Dana for Norman and EDZ, or Dana for senior teachers. Envelopes for these very welcome gifts will be on a table in Cloud Hall at GGF.

Please leave your donation in the form of cash or a check in the appropriate envelope. 

Zendo Protocols

We will enter the zendo exclusively through the entrance in Cloud Hall. 

Chairs will already be set up in the zendo (see above, under What to Bring, if you plan to sit on a chair). Please do not move chairs to different places in the zendo.

Shoes: No shoes on the wood floor in Cloud Hall, on the wood circling the zendo, and inside the zendo.  Shoes are worn on the stone tile in the Cloud Hall entryways, in the basement of Cloud Hall, and in all other areas of Green Gulch. There are racks for shoes in the entryways of all three entrances into Cloud Hall, in Cloud Hall itself, and on the outside of the zendo.

Bags, coats, water bottles, etc. may not be put on any of the shoe racks, with the exception of those on walkways around the outside of the zendo. There is space for bags, coats, etc. in each of the entry areas of Cloud Hall.  The two entrances with the indoor men’s and women’s bathrooms have coat racks and a rack that is on top of the shoe rack for these items. Additionally, inside and to the right of the entryway that is nearest to the outdoor bathrooms there is a small closet where coats may be hung and bags stored.

If necessary, you may neatly fold a jacket or extra layer of clothing to have in front of your sitting place. However, please keep this to a minimum. Bring as little as possible into the zendo!

Water bottles, food or liquid of any form is not permitted in the zendo.


Please see the All-Day Sittings FAQ on the EDZ website for answers to common questions. Still have questions? Email the All-Day Sit registrar at
Photo: Shundo David Haye, 2015


Upcoming All-Day Sits in 2020 will be held on Saturdays at Green Gulch Farm.
  • April 25, 2020
  • May 30, 2020
  • June 27, 2020
  • July 25, 2020
  • August 29, 2020
  • September 26, 2020
Header image: Five court painters under the Qianlong Emperor, “Along the River During Qingming Festival ,” reproduction: 1736, original: 12th century. Courtesy National Palace Museum in Taiwan via traditionaleastasia.
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