• $400.00 – Program Price
  • $360.00 – *Practicing Member Price
  • $300.00 – **MRO Student Price

Date & Time Details: August 18-22, Wednesday-Sunday On-site at Zen Mountain Monastery

ZMM Registrar
(845) 688-2228


On-Site: Mountain Bowl, Mountain Fire—A Clay Retreat

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

August 18 - 22, 2021

All participants must be fully vaccinated! Thank you. 

After this long shutdown we are happy to inaugurate a partial reopening with a 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 in the moment as we feel the clay respond to our every touch. Alongside this will be a joyous journey of exploring mark-making as we collect a palette of colors and pigments from Mt Trempers’ mountain body and pigments culled from the nearby Esopus River. 

With our creations dried, we will glaze the work and fire it in a wondrous  600-year-old traditional Japanese firing known as raku (translated as “relaxed ware”). We will also explore some other firing methods with stoneware glazes as well as a sawdust firing. 

The retreat will take place mostly outdoors rain or shine, with a covered area where we can work.

Register early as there is limited enrollment and this retreat tends to fill quickly. Be sure to arrive for registration and a light supper by 5pm on August 18th.


Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
A Zen priest, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received transmission of the Precepts from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She currently serves as MRO Director of Training and co-Director of the Zen Center of NYC. Before entering the Monastery in 1990, Hojin Sensei studied fine art and trained under legendary ceramicist Toshiku Takaezu, among others. Over the years she has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, and continues to teach on the creative process within the Mountains and Rivers Order.
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Katie Yosha Scott-Childress
Katie Yosha Scott-Childress is a senior student in the Mountains and Rivers Order, and has had a lifelong relationship with clay, studying in undergraduate and graduate programs, and formerly working as a ceramicist full-time.
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