Arts Retreats

At Zen Mountain Monastery

Art Practice Session III: Where do we draw the Line? (via Zoom)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 10, 2020
“Attentiveness is the heart’s stillness, unbroken by any thought.” — Hesychios of Sinai Inquiry, questioning, and wonder are states of mind emphasized in Zen training. They're also critical to creatively expressing what's before us and within us. The creative process helps us pass through the doorway of the known and into the unknown; to allow ourselves to be […]

Its Alive! An Art Practice Retreat – (via Zoom)

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

April 18, 2020
Zen Center of New York City
Cultivating inquisitiveness and wonder as we meet all of what arises, is it possible to relax our grip and perhaps taste the possibility of direct, spontaneous, alive responses? Creative expression can open a door to deepening trust in our lives, and in those elements of our life that.…

Investigating Wonder: Taking Up the Faith Mind Poem Through Art Practice with Hojin Sensei

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 8 - 10, 2020
In this retreat we will look at the teachings of the Faith Mind Poem and take up the practice of no preferences. To allow anything to appear whether it be strange, awkward, sexual, dark, chaotic, or beautiful. All of it is free to come and go unfettered, carrying with them the full range of thought and feeling. Through this process we may just find where…

Being the Bowl: A Clay Retreat with Raku Firing

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 8 - 12, 2020
Being the Bowl is the profound study of staying unconditionally with one thing. How can we return, again and again, to just this one thing through the cascade of our ever-changing moods and emotions? How can we meet ourselves freshly each moment? How can we challenge ourselves to respond spontaneously, allowing ourselves to hear, feel…

A Planet of Poets Workshop

with Margaret Gibson

July 10 - 12, 2020
We are the first humans to live with the knowledge that our planet is not immortal. How can art address that? What is our responsibility as poets? In this workshop we’ll explore the place where language comes up against this undeniable new fact of life. A mix of exercises and discussion, the workshop will focus on how we can use the act of writing not only for powerful expression…