Arts Retreats

At Zen Mountain Monastery

The Secret Lives of Colors and Sounds—Summer Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

June 9 - August 18, 2023
Everything we encounter provides the opportunity to meet the creative source. It is right here in ourselves always standing at the gateway of awe. It will take a risk, to be sure, a risk whose name we may know as surrender, as dying to the known, as we are welcomed to our true home[…]

The Art of Breathing Into Expression

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 21 - 23, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
If each stroke is our entire breath, how dare we correct it? —Kaz Tanahashi Breath is a vital life force and is intimately related to our awareness. To breathe is to be alive! Zazen, a form of seated meditation, is at the very heart of Zen practice. We tend to see body, breath, and mind as […]

Mountain Bowl, Mountain Fire—A Clay Retreat

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Katie Yosha Scott-Childress

August 9 - 13, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
We are happy to again to welcome participants for this four-day clay retreat. We will begin working with wet clay and work through the week towards a day of glazing and Raku firing. This year we're celebrating this dynamic duo leading this retreat together for over 15 years! We’ll learn to form clay bowls by hand, landing […]

Chado: The Zen Art of Tea

with Pei-Tsen Tao and Andrew Hobai Pekarik

September 14 - 17, 2023
Zen Mountain Monastery
Are you new to meditation or Zen Buddhist practice? Have you read books about Zen, or been doing meditation on your own? Do you think you’d like to study with a teacher? Designed for those new to Zen or formal Zen training, this introductory retreat allows you to immerse yourself in Zen practice and experience […]