Arts Retreats

At Zen Mountain Monastery

Ango Art Practice Series: All Forms are Buddha’s Sutras

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 7 - 21, 2021
Often we think of faith in terms of having faith ‘in’ someone or something. This is one aspect. There is also the simple, pure experience of faith itself—the firsthand, body-mind affirming experience of faith or trust—not necessarily ‘in’ something, but rather as having faith or being faith itself.[…]

Ten Oxherding Pictures: Stages in a Spiritual Journey

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 8, 2021
The spiritual path comes alive pictorially in Zen’s famed 10 oxherding pictures. The series of images depict a young oxherder whose quest leads them to discover, subdue and train a wild ox—their own heart and mind—as a complete transformation. The ox is enlightenment and the herder is you—the meditator, the searcher—encountering the gritty reality and […]

The Creative Self: Dreams and Writings of the Imaginal

with Fanny Brewster

June 19, 2021
Writing and dreaming are journeys for the Creative Self to explore. When we engage in these ways we can hold with care the images of the creative imagination. We are invited to come in close to our deep heart, and experience the fullness of our emotional bodies and minds so we can be better attuned […]