2015 New Year’s Zen Retreat


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Empty Nest Zendo
North Fork, California

Sunday, December 28, 2014 to Thursday, January 1, 2015

Empty Nest Zendo is located in the Yosemite foothills about 40 miles north of Fresno, and offers the opportunity to practice in a beautiful country setting.

The retreat will be led by Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson, dharma heir in the Suzuki Roshi lineage and author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters.

Sitting periods will be 25-30 minutes long, and chairs are available. A New Year’s ceremony, bonfire, and New Year’s Day buffet are a special part of this retreat. Meals (except for buffet dinners) will be oryoki style, eaten in the meditation hall. Grace calls oryoki “the most fun you can have with three bowls”. The first oryoki meal will include instruction, so no prior experience is necessary.

The cost, including lodging, meals, and retreat fee, is $350. Scholarships are available. A $50 deposit is required to register. Payments for the deposit and the retreat can be made through PayPal by using the donate button on this website. Please specify 2015 Winter Retreat in the purpose line.

Space is limited. Please register with Laurie Senauke by email at lauries@kushiki.org


Central Valley Zen Foundation

The Central Valley Zen Foundation (CVZF) is a non-profit religious organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Zen Buddhism. The Foundation is funded by tax deductible donations and currently supportsfour Zen practice groups in California’s Central Valley: Empty Nest Zen Group in North Fork, Valley Heartland Zen Group in Modesto, Zen Center of Fresno, and Modesto Zen Buddhist Recovery Group. CVZF was founded by Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson.

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