San Francisco Zen Center Offers Wellness Retreats

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012, San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) begins its next 50 years of spiritual engagement and community building with the public opening of this year’s guest season (April 26 – September 9, 2013) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. As spring blossoms, the gates to Tassajara open to Zen and meditation seekers, yoga lovers, and artisan foodies looking to experience a truly serene environment; 8 months of the year Tassajara is closed to the general public for private Zen practice.

Nestled in a mountain valley, inland from the Big Sur coast in a remote part of the Ventana Wilderness, Tassajara has been long known as a place for self-discovery, healing and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. In 1967, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (Founder of San Francisco Zen Center, Author of the seminal Buddhist book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind) established Tassajara as the first Zen training monastery outside of Japan. Suzuki Roshi searched for a mountain temple similar to the monasteries in Japan, and was able to purchase Tassajara through the support of the Zen community, friends, and patrons. Today, Tassajara is internationally recognized as the most remote Zen center in the United States and beckons as a top destination for Buddhist practitioners and vacationers alike.

Only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles via a 14-mile dirt road, Tassajara is an eco-efficient paradise garnering 100% of its energy from solar panels and the local hot springs. The hot springs have proven to be a main attraction of the Monterey/Salinas area following the native Esselen people’s discovery of the springs in the 1870’s; generations of settlers and visitors have come ever since seeking renewal and tranquility.

For the forthcoming 2013 guest season, Tassajara has a new eco-retreat center that was designed with the highest standards in green development, by architect Helen Degenhardt (JSW/D Architects); all retreats will be held in the new center. The Tassajara Program Schedule 2013 offers disciplinary retreats in the following six specialty areas, all led by some of today’s leading teachers: Body Mind, Mindful Living, Spiritual Practice, Practice, Engaging Earth, and Creative Expression.

Tassajara offers a special opportunity for the general public to unplug, reconnect with themselves, and relax. Visitors soak in the hot springs, meander along the trails, savor Tassajara’s celebrated vegetarian cuisine, stay in beautiful accommodations, participate in zazen (meditation), and enjoy the eclectic retreats offered by some of today’s leading teachers. Tassajara invites visitors to explore the variety of ways that Zen and other complementary practices can inform and enrich one’s life.

Below is a list of the retreats scheduled for the upcoming 2013 guest season; additional detailed information can be viewed on www.sfzc.org/tassajara.

Body Mind Retreats:

Dragon Song – A Zen and Vinyasa Yoga Retreat (April 26 – 29, 2013)
-Featuring Rex Stromness (Yoga Instructor) and Zenshin Greg Fain (Head of Practice, Tassajara)

Zen and Swimming Dragon Tai Chi (May 6 – 12, 2013)
-Featuring Liping Julia Zhu (Certified Qiyong and Tai Chi Instructor) and Connie Cummings (Resident Priest of Zen Center)

Healing with Qigong (May 12 – 16, 2013)
-Featuring Liping Julia Zhu (Certified Qiyong and Tai Chi Instructor)

Wisdom Body: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation (May 19 – 23, 2013)
-Featuring Djuna Mascall (Prajna Yoga Senior Instructor) and Jisan Anna Thorn (Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Natural Radiance: Exploring the Union of Body, Breath, and Mind in Yoga and Zen (May 23 – 26, 2013)
-Featuring Janet Stone (Celebrity Vinyasa Yoga Instructor) and Ryushin Paul Haller (Meditation and Zen Instructor, Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center)

Satori and Salutations: Opening to the Heart of Zen and Yoga (May 30 – June 30, 2013)
-Featuring James Higgins (Yoga Instructor) and Sessei Meg Levie (Zen Priest and Life Coach)

Breath of Fire, Breath of Peace: Returning through Zen and Yoga (June 7 – 10, 2013)
-Featuring Rosemary Garrison (Renowned Yoga Instructor, DeLoach Vineyard Wine & Yoga Retreats) and Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler (Soto Zen Priest)

Enter the Dharma Gate of Repose and Bliss: A Zen Meditation and Triputi Yoga Therapeutics Retreat (June 10 – 13, 2013)
-Featuring Lirio Ohlson (Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 500) and Shundo David Haye (Priest and Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Readiness of Mind: Lifestream of Yoga Nourishment Weekend (June 13 – 17, 2013)
-Featuring Donald Moyer (Founding Director, The Yoga Room, Berkeley, CA) and Shosan Victoria Austin (Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Awake and at Ease with All Things: A Yoga and Zen Retreat (June 17 – 21, 2013)
-Featuring Lisa Jansen (Yoga Instructor) and Shinchi Linda Galijan (Director, Tassajara)

The Vitality of the True Self: A Yoga and Zen Retreat (June 21 – 23; June 23 – 28, 2013)
-Featuring Diego del Sol (Internationally Renowned Yoga Instructor) and Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler (Soto Zen Priest)

The Healing Power of Stillness: Restorative Yoga and Zen (July 5 – 10, 2013)
-Featuring Britt Fohrman (Prenatal and Doula Expert) and Jeremy Levie (Head of Practice, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Listening to the Voice of Your Body: A Gentle Yoga and Zen Retreat (July 10 – 14, 2013)
-Featuring Britt Fohrman (Prenatal and Doula Expert) and Shinchi Linda Galijan (Director, Tassajara)

Yoga-Zen Mind, Compassionate Heart-Mind (July 14 – 19; August 4 – 9, 2013)
-Featuring Patricia Sullivan (Yoga Instructor) and Eijun Linda Cutts (Abiding Abbess, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body: A Zen Mind, Yoga Body Retreat (July 19 – 21, 2013)
-Featuring Samantha Ostergaard (Iyengar Yoga Instructor) and Do-On Robert Thomas (Priest and Zen Instructor)

Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in the Mindfulness Practice of Sensory Awareness (July 21 – 26, 2013)
-Featuring Lee Klinger Lesser (Sensory Awareness Expert)

True Body, True Self: Radical Presence through Zen and Yoga (July 26 – 29, 2013)
-Featuring Christy Brown (Yoga Instructor) and Ango Sara Tashker (Director, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Balanced and Awake: Zen and Yoga to Harmonize Mind and Body (August 2 – 4, 2013)
-Featuring Letitia Bartlett (Professor, Clown, Mime, Yoga Instructor) and Kanzan David Zimmerman (Zen Priest and Program Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

The Significance of Joy: A Zen and Yoga Retreat (August 16 – 18, 2013)
-Featuring Darcy Lyon (Certified Anusara teacher and Expressive Arts therapist) and Zenshin Greg Fain (Head of Practice, Tassajara)

Continuous Practice: A Living Circle of Yoga and Zen (August 18 – 22, 2013)
-Featuring Darcy Lyon (Certified Anusara teacher and Expressive Arts therapist) and Zenshin Greg Fain (Head of Practice, Tassajara)

Deep Restoration, Deep Healing: A Zen Mind, Yoga Body Retreat (August 22 – 25, 2013)
-Featuring Samantha Ostergaard (Iyengar Yoga Instructor) and Do-On Robert Thomas (Priest and Zen Instructor)

Yin Yoga, Wisdom Zen: A Joyful Harvest (September 1 – 6, 2013)
-Featuring Ana Porier (Founder, Yoga Body Nutrition) and Kansan David Zimmerman (Zen Priest and Program Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

The Mind and Body of Practice in Zen and Yoga (September 6 – 9, 2013)
-Featuring Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan (Professional Dance, Yoga Instructor; Conference Coordinator, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center) and Myogen Steve Stücky (Abbot, San Francisco Zen Center)

Mindful Living Retreats:

Finding Balance in a Difficult Profession: A Retreat for Lawyers (April 26 – 30, 2013)
-Featuring Zenki Mary Mocine (Zen Priest, Former Lawyer)

True Person Retreat: Discovering The Life You’re Meant to Live (May 2 – 5, 2013)
-Featuring Sessei Meg Levie (Zen Priest and Life Coach)

Dogen’s Teachings as Gifts to Those in Recovery (June 10 – 13, 2013)
-Featuring Ryotan Cynthia Kear (Soto Zen Buddhist) and Ko-Shin Steven Tierney (Professor of Counseling Psychology, Addiction Specialist)

Know Yourself, Forget Yourself: The Mindful Leader (August 9 – 11, 2013)
-Featuring Jacki McGrath (Certified Professional Executive Coach) and Marc Lesser (CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute)

Getting to What Matters: More Love, Less Stuff (August 30 – September 1, 2013)
-Featuring Andrew Mellen (Author, Speaker, Professional Organizer) and Kansan David Zimmerman (Zen Priest and Program Director, San Francisco Zen Center)

Flexible Mind, Flexible Heart: How to be Happy at Work (September 6 – 9, 2013)
-Featuring Leo Babauta (Blogger, Zen Habits) and Zesho Susan O’Connell (President, San Francisco Zen Center)

Spiritual Practice Retreats:

The Spirit of Practice: Christian and Zen (June 28 – July 5, 2013)
-Featuring Brother David Steindl-Rast (Catholic Benedictine Monk, www.gratefulness.org) and Ryushin Paul Haller (Meditation and Zen Instructor, Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center)

The Human Journey: A Buddhist Exploration of Calling and Contribution (July 10 – 14, 2013)
-Featuring Pamela Weiss (Founder and Chief Wisdom Officer of Appropriate Response)

Presenting Suzuki Roshi’s Teachings (July 19 – 21, 2013)
-Featuring Sojun Mel Weitsman (Abbot, Berkeley Zen Center) and Myogen Steve Stücky (Abbot, San Francisco Zen Center)

Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong (August 9 – 11, 2013)
-Featuring Zoketsu Norman Fischer (Poet, Author, Zen Buddhist Priest)

Stories from the Book of Serenity (August 11 – 16, 2013)
-Featuring Zoketsu Norman Fischer (Poet, Author, Zen Buddhist Priest)

Practice Retreats:

Sangha Week (April 26 – May 2, 2013)
-Featuring Kiku Christina Lehnherr (City Center Abbess)

Sangha Week (May 12 – 17, 2013)
-Featuring Do-On Robert Thomas (Priest and Zen Instructor)

Santa Cruz Zen Center (May 26 – 30, 2013)
-Featuring Kokyo Henkel

Dharma en Español Sangha (June 6 – 10, 2013)
-Featuring Joan Amaral (Zen Buddhist Priest, San Francisco Zen Center)

Study Week (June 13 – 17, 2013)
-Featuring Cynthia Kear (Soto Zen Buddhist) and Sarita

LGBTIQ Queer Dharma Study Week (June 23 – 27, 2013)
-Featuring Tova Green (Director, San Francisco City Center)

Engaging Earth Retreats:

The Nature of Zen (May 2 – 5, 2013)
-Featuring Myogen Steve Stücky (Abbot, San Francisco Zen Center) and Steven Harper (Wilderness Guide, Author)

Wildflowers and Birds of Tassajara (May 9 – 12, 2013)
-Featuring Diane Renshaw (Ecologist) and Daiyu Judith Randall (Zen Buddhist Priest)

Zen in the Kitchen (June 7 – 10, 2013)
-Featuring Dale Kent (Author, Tassajara: Dinner and Desserts) and Korin Charlie Pokorny (Buddhist Priest and Chef)

Dragon Greens: A Cooking and Gardening Summer Solstice Celebration (May 21 – 23, 2013)
-Featuring Wendy Johnson (Author, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate) and Annie Somerville (Executive Chef, Greens Restaurant, SF, CA)

Creative Expression Retreats:
Words Under the Words (May 26 – 30, 2013)
-Featuring Naomi Shihab Nye (Published Poet) and Ryushin Paul Haller (Meditation and Zen Instructor, Senior Dharma Teacher, San Francisco Zen Center)

Learning To Sit, Learning To Draw, Learning To See (July 5 – 10, 2013)
-Featuring Christine Bailey (Artist, Educator, Zen Practitioner) and Furyu Nancy Schroeder (Director of Children and Family Programs, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Spontaneous Zen: A Workshop in Meditation and Autobiographical Improvisation (July 29 – August 2, 2013)
-Featuring Nina Wise (Author, A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life; Performance Artist) and Jeremy Levie (Head of Practice, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)

Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Zen Mindfulness & Creativity Retreat (August 18 – 22, 2013)
-Featuring Albert Flynn DeSilver (Poet, Author, Teacher, Speaker, Writing Coach) and Do-On Robert Thomas (Priest and Zen Instructor)

Brush Mind (August 25 – 30, 2013)
-Featuring Kazuaki Tanahashi (Internationally Renowned Calligraphist)

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