Classes
Upcoming offerings to connect you to practice and community

Classes on meditation, Zen, and contemplative spirituality are offered throughout the year on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

Our summer group series!
"Your Temple of Practice: The Sanctity of the Home"

10 Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm, June 9- August 11
$20 per class or $175 for the entire series. Via Zoom.


Welcome to our summer series! This lovely little group is designed to be a trellis to help support our commitment and growth in a time of year when many find it more challenging to maintain a mediation practice. Offered via Zoom so you can attend from a distance (even from the lake cabin!), this will be a less content-driven series and more of a structure of regular meetings to practice and discuss meditation.
Our theme is the temple of practice, so we’ll use our homes as our structure, with each week featuring a practice associated with one room in our "temple": The Kitchen! The Entry Way! The Bathroom! The Yard!

Register for the whole series or connect with us for just the classes you wish. And bring your questions! In my responses, I’ll draw from all the modalities I’ve been working with over the past decades: Zen Buddhism, contemplative Christianity, nonviolent communication, mindfulness, informal psychology, spirituality, and more.
We’ll walk through the heart of the summer together and become more courageous, compassionate, conscious, and co-creative in our lives.
All are welcome!
Registration is required, so register now to ensure your spot on the roster!

Monthly Mindfulness Practice Group:
Our most popular regular offering!

Offered every month on a Saturday, 9:00-11:30am (check calendar).
Appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators alike, our monthly drop-in group features meditation, teaching, experiential, and group discussion. A relaxed a friendly atmosphere, perfect for exploration.
No registration required; all are welcome!
For the link, click here.

Plan Ahead for Fall!

"Buddha By Nature: An Exploration of What Meditation Can Actually Be"
Six Tuesdays, November 8 – December 13, 2022, $125 (early registration, before Nov. 1) or $149 (Nov. 1 or after). We're hoping to offer this as an in-person/Zoom hybrid, COVID allowing.

The Back Story: About 2,500 years ago, someone realized that cultivating and caring for their inner life through meditation and self-awareness was the surest path to a life of peace, freedom and love. We call this person “the Buddha.”
About 250 years ago, a super famous Zen Buddhist teacher wrote a teaching poem about meditation and called it "The Song of Zazen."
Zazen, as you may know, means meditation, and this sweet little poem describes it as nothing short of the expression and assurance of our own original enlightenment, the divinity at the core of our humanity. Wow!
Chanting this wonderful poem for a long time has taught me much, and I wish to share some of what it has offered me by offering it to you, too.
We’ll use my book Singing and Dancing are the Voice of the Law, which can be found here and/or here.

The Class: We’ll spend six wonderful weeks working with some of what this simple and profound text has to offer us, using the vehicle of our everyday lives.
Each week will feature an assigned reading, an experiential exercise, time for discussion and exploration, a teaching presentation designed to support and facilitate deeper engagement, and handouts of all related material for further individual exploration.
Themes of growth and compassion will be explored, as well as "enlightenment."

Details: Class is six Tuesdays, November 8 – December 13, 2022, via Zoom.
Fee is $125 (registering with a friend, or early registration before Nov. 1) or $149 (standard rate). Scholarships available upon request.
A commitment to a daily meditation practice is requested.
All classes and course content will be recorded, so non-sequential learning and distance attendance are both possible and encouraged. You won’t miss anything!

The Reminder: People care about this beautiful and suffering world. They do it most powerfully and most directly by caring for their own precious inner lives. And after more than 2,500 years, walking the spiritual path is still a choice people make; a loving response to the human condition that people still choose.
This will be a gentle, sincere, unique, and collective inquiry, and will help us develop creative day-to-day mindfulness practices so that we more deeply experience and appreciate our precious and fleeting lives.
Please join us and bring a friend!

Retreats

Deepen your practice with these immersions in silence.
(NOTE: All retreats are via Zoom until further notice.)

Zazenkai mini-retreats

Monthly on a Saturday, 8:30-11:30am
Our regular zazenkai mini-retreats
("to come together for meditation")
are simple, three-hour immersions in group mindfulness practice.
They feature a few periods each of both sitting and walking meditation,
a short teaching talk, and a little break half-way through.
Simple, easy, friendly, quiet, and open to everyone.
$30 donation suggested.

Check the calendar for the next one and join us to discover what a big difference a few short hours of silence can make!

Register

Half-day Retreats

Our silent Half-day Meditation Retreats are six hours in length and feature sitting meditation, walking meditation, a short dharma teaching talk, and the option of meeting one-to-one with the teacher.
Appropriate for beginners and experienced contemplative alike, these simple retreats are user-friendly, restorative, and often profound.
$40 donation suggested.

Check the calendar for the next one and join us to discover what a big difference a few short hours of silence can make!

Register