Arts Retreats

At Zen Mountain Monastery

Revealing Buddha Vision: Stories of True Colors & Coming to our Senses—Ango Art Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 20, 2022
Buddha nature—our basic enlightened nature—when manifested, allows us to directly experience, moment to moment. In this way we have great potential to respond to circumstances with compassion and wisdom. What conceals it? How might we express this true nature more freely, more naturally in the midst of daily life? Art practice can show us[…]

Sharing Our Stories—Ango Creative Audience: Pointers & Practice

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Mn. Rakusan Ricci

May 21, 2022
For Ango participants: Join us for one evening per month during the three-month training period, Ango, to share our emergent tales with creative audience feedback and /or create one long tale together as process practice. This will be a good time to address any questions arising in your work and share the works in process. […]

In Praise of Listening

with Christian McEwen

June 10 - 12, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
One of life’s great joys is finding time to listen—whether to the scattered wonders of conversation or to the many voices of the non-human world—birdsong, wild wind, river’s sweep. Because the Monastery is set on the rugged side of Mount […]

Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

with Vangeline

July 7 - 10, 2022
Zen Mountain Monastery
How comfortable can we allow ourselves to be in our body? How deeply are we willing to plumb our own depths, to reveal our true face in the mirror? Developed in post-World War II  Japan, butoh is a performance form characterized by deep investigation of  impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body […]

Mountain Bowl, Mountain Fire—A Clay Retreat

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

August 17 - 21, 2022
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 […]