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.

Myoshinji Temple (Monroe, WI)

Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church (Palatine, IL)


Myoshinji Temple in Monroe, Wisconsin

W7762 Falk Rd. Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 325-6248

Myoshinji is our “home base” and retreat center located on nearly 3 acres of meadows and woods in rural Green County, Wisconsin. GPZC holds all sesshin, zazenkai and month-long intensive periods at Myoshinji. In addition to retreats, there is daily sitting 4 days per week, monthly introductory workshops and periodic special events, classes and intensive training periods.

Situated on approximately 3 acres, Myoshinji overlooks meadows and trees, pathways, and a Jizo garden. At the present time, the living quarters have been remodeled and updated to comfortably accommodate sesshin and zazenkai participants. Handicapped accommodations are available. Recent improvements to our facilities include a new roof, new wood flooring in our zendo, and raised gardens.

We hope you will join us for one of our many retreats this year at Myoshinji. You may also be interested in attending the Saturday Morning Zen program, held each week from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Usually hosted by the abbess of the temple, Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, this program offers opportunities to learn Zen meditation (zazen), receive individual instruction from a Zen teacher, and participate in monastery work. New and experienced practitioners are welcome. Come as you are—there is no need to pre-register.

You are also welcome to join us for early morning and evening zazen, offered several times a week. For a full list of events at the temple, please see our calendar.

Click here to view the weekly schedule at Myoshinji 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.



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 monthly talks and introductory workshops and periodic special events.

Click here to view the weekly schedule at Countryside 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.