About Our Locations

Great Plains Zen Center holds regular services and other events at locations in Palatine, Illinois and Monroe, Wisconsin. Click the links below for maps and driving directions.

Great Plains Zen Center Subtlemind Temple (Monroe, WI)

Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church (Palatine, IL)


Great Plains Zen Center Subtlemind Temple in Monroe, Wisconsin

W7762 Falk Rd. Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-6248

Situated on approximately 3 acres, Great Plains Zen Center overlooks trees, pathways, a Jizo garden, several small restored prairies, gardens with native plantings, and an organic vegetable garden. Our buildings are wheelchair accessible and variously-abled individuals are very welcome to attend our activities.

We hope you will join us for one of our many retreats this year at Great Plains Zen Center. You may also be interested in attending zazen (sitting meditation) on Friday evenings at 7 PM or Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM. If you are new to practice, we invite you to sign up for our monthly Introductory Workshops, Aspects of Zen Practice classes on Saturdays. For a full list of events at Great Plains Zen Center in Monroe, please see our calendar.

Click here to view the weekly schedule at Great Plains Zen Center Subtlemind Temple.

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Directions from the Chicago area to Myoshinji in Monroe, WI.

  • Take I-90 toward Rockford.
  • About 5 mi after the Belvidere Oasis, as you approach Rockford, take the exit for 20 West toward Freeport. (Take the first exit marked for 20; not the later exit marked as “Business 20”, but do not take the earlier exit marked, “20 to Hampshire Marengo”)
  • Continue on 20 to the Freeport areatake IL 26 north to Monroe, WI. Do not take the “Freeport Business” exit. The correct exit is marked “Freeport / Monroe”. Turn Right at the light, “To Cedarville”.
  • You’ll pass through the towns of Cedarville and Orangeville. When you cross over into Wisconsin, the route number changes to 69.
  • As you pass through the town of Monroe, follow signs for 81 West.
  • Just north of business area, 1 mile after crossing bridge over Hwy 11, Turn left on COUNTY Rd Y.
  • Follow County Y for 3.8 mi., then turn right on Klondike. Klondike is on the right at the end of a metal guardrail toward the bottom of a long hill. If you come out on 81, you've gone too far.
  • In .6 mi, turn right on Falk; Myoshinji (W7762 Falk Road) is a few yards from the intersection on the left. Look for large sign at foot of driveway.
  • Caution: The driveway is a bit narrow, with culverts on either side. Center your car on the driveway to avoid the culverts.



Great Plains Zen Center at Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church in Palatine, Illinois

1025 N. Smith St. Palatine, IL 60067

(847) 274-4793

Our Palatine, Illinois location offers zazen on Sunday nights with periodic talks, Introductory Workshops, Aspects of Zen Practice classes and periodic special events.

Click here to view the weekly schedule at Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Countryside Church is conveniently located near several major routes, including Northwest Highway (US-14), Rand Road (Route 12) and Route 53.

Directions from the city of Chicago.

  • Take I-90 West to Route 53.
  • Exit at Route 53 to "NW Suburbs". Follow signs for Kirchoff Road and merge onto Route 53 North.
  • Take the exit for Northwest Highway (US-14). Loop around and stay on US-14 (keep right).
  • Continue on Northwest Highway (US-14) until you reach Smith St. Turn right on Smith St. and continue for half a mile until you reach the church at 1025 N. Smith St.



Beloit Zen Community (on Beloit College campus)

  • Beloit Zen Community meets every Monday from 4:15 -5:30 PM during the Beloit College academic year. The schedule is as follows:

  • 4:15 zazen (sitting)

    4:45 kinhin (walking meditation)

    4:55 short talk/discussion

    5:10 zazen (optional)

  • All are welcome to come and participate, not only those affiliated with the college. Whatever your religious affiliation (or if you have none), experience or interest in meditation, we'd love to have you.
  • Instruction provided for those who are new to meditation.
  • Held in the Spirituality Room in the basement of Pearsons Hall.
  • For more information, please contact Bill New.



Logan Square Zendo, Chicago

  • Zazen every Tuesday night at 8 PM. For those new to practice, a brief orientation is offered during the first sitting period.
  • For further information, please visit the Logan Square Zendo website here.



Zen Sitting Group DeKalb

Zen Sitting Group DeKalb (ZSGD), a new affiliate of the Great Plains Zen Center, continues to meet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. 4th Street. The steward for the group is John Genshin Knewitz, a student of Myoyu Roshi. ZSGD meets twice monthly on a variable schedule which can be viewed on the Zen Sitting Group DeKalb Facebook page. There will be no dokusan or teisho offered on a regular basis, but there will be regular formal sitting and some instruction regarding basic Zen practices and philosophy. If you have interest in this group, please check out the ZSGD Facebook page, or feel free to email John directly at birdsfan53@yahoo.com for further information.

  • Variable schedule. Check Facebook Page: @zendekalb
  • Meets at UU Fellowship of DeKalb.
  • 6 PM Instruction, 7 PM Sitting followed by discussion.
  • For more information, contact John Genshin Knewitz