October 11 - 13, 2019
Sanshin's Women's Retreat is designed to appeal to both beginners in Zen practice and those with some experience. The retreat includes instruction in sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) practice if needed, periods of zazen and kinhin, brief dharma talks, Q&A and discussion, vegetarian meals, and body practice designed to support zazen practice. It provides a variety of resources that participants can take in and use in establishing and maintaining their practice.
Participants are invited to bring along an item to add to our altar for the duration of the retreat (and take home again at the end). Our offerings will reflect something meaningful in our own practice and provide support and encouragement during the retreat. They could be photos of teachers or family members, inspirational figures or art, items from nature, personal mementos or anything that reminds us of our membership in the community of all beings. On Saturday afternoon we'll be sharing our items and their stories with the group.
The cost of registration is $150; within 2 weeks of the event the cost is $172. Registration will not be
accepted within one week of the event.
7:00 Zazen instruction (optional)
8:50 End of Day
08:00 Soji (temple cleaning)
9:30 Dharma talk
12 pm Lunch/break
1:00 Sharing circle
3:40 Body practice – outdoors if possible
9:00 End of Day
08:00 Soji (temple cleaning)
08:30 Break; sangha arrives
10:00 Dharma talk
End of Retreat
Shodo Spring met Zen with Dainin Katagiri, studied with Tenshin Anderson, and received dharma transmission from Shohaku Okumura. Her practice has included pilgrimage, environmental activism, ceremony, and especially zazen. She has two daughters and four grandchildren, earns her livelihood as a psychotherapist, and practices farming as spiritual life.
Shodo is the founder of Mountains and Waters Alliance, humans joining with all beings to protect and
restore the earth and all life. This includes zazen, teaching, a Zen permaculture farm, land care, and
whatever is most needed.
Her publications include Take Up Your Life: Making Spirituality Work in the Real World (Tuttle 1996),
"Right Action: The World is My Body" in The Eightfold Path (Temple Ground Press 2016), “When the
World is on Fire” in Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Temple Ground Press 2018), and “Finding
Home in the Vow” in Boundless Vows, Endless Practice: Bodhisattva Vows in the 21st Century (Dogen
Women's Retreat: $150
After you make your payment you'll be taken automatically to our registration form, which you can complete and submit online.
If you would like to stay at Sanshin during the retreat, you may choose to sleep in the zendo or in our dorm. There is no charge for sleeping on the zendo floor with your own bedding while you're attending a Sanshin practice event. No need to add anything to your shopping cart; just indicate on your registration form that that's your plan. If you prefer a dorm space, please reserve below.
Accommodations are not included in the event fee and must be reserved separately. Signing up for an event does not guarantee you a bed. Dorm space is not held until paid for.
Please be sure to indicate in your shopping cart the number of nights for which you are reserving a bed; the default is one.