A donation of at least $35 is suggested but please pay what you can. – $35.00 - $100.00

Date & Time Details: Saturday, August 6th 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Zen Center of New York City

Address: 500 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217



Invoking Wonder: An Art Practice Retreat

with Hojin Sensei and Tess Kisei Edmonds, MRO

August 6, 2022

In clarity wonder exists, with spiritual energy shining on its own
—Master Hongzhi, Cultivating the Empty Field

What is the wonder Master Hongzhi speaks of? And how can we enter when it feels out of our reach or at odds with our experience? Wonder is a natural, necessary part of how we meet this world as human beings. Master Hongzhi says: “Emptying [one’s sense of] self-existence is wondrous. . . . Leaving discriminating conditioning, enter clean clear wisdom and romp and play in samadhi.”

In this day long art practice retreat, we will romp and play in the wonder of raw and found materials: twigs, bark, fabric, thread, rocks, and more. We will co-create and collaborate with these materials to fashion creations that put us in contact with all of our experience, alchemizing and bringing ourselves alive in the process. We will share methods to combine, transform, and assemble materials; and we will work with prompts and dharma teachings to ground and open our exploration. Please join us.

Materials needed: We will have materials available and we’ll share our found treasures. But feel free to bring materials for your own use and/or to share with the group. Materials that might be useful include glue, tape, paints, pens or other mark-makers, pieces of yarn or cloth, needle and thread, sticks, stones, and feathers–anything that delights your senses, holds memories, or resonates as a symbol or representation. You might also want to bring a journal for notes and sketches.

This retreat will be led by Hojin Sensei and Tess Kisei Edmonds (she/her), an artist currently in residency at Fire Lotus Temple. Kisei creates magical art pieces that invoke the healing power of the Earth, human imagination, and the co-creative process of bringing those two together. She has been a student in the MRO since 2016. See her work here:

We strive to keep our retreat prices low and offer these programs by donation. This retreat is by donation, please pay what you can. It’s important that the dharma is available to everyone. Thank you for your continued support.

You must be fully vaccinated and masked to participate in this event.