There is no charge for this retreat, but we gratefully accept donations – $0.00 - $60.00

Date & Time Details: Saturday, March 9th 10am - 3pm

Location: Zen Center of New York City

Address: 103rd Street and Central Park West

Contact: ZCNYC


Born as the Earth Sangha Gathering: Central Park Exploration

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei, Sandy Joshin Del Valle, MRO and James Sanzen Cole, MRO

March 9, 2024

When you think of Central Park, what comes to mind?  Do you think of a park packed with multitudes of tourists?  Perhaps you picture an urban green space, home to Forever Wild areas and a nature preserve? Or, maybe you reflect on the history of Central Park and the people who once lived within its boundaries? It turns out Central Park is all of these things and more.

Join Sangha members on March 9th as we explore these many faces of Central Park. We’ll visit some lesser known areas of the park and take time out for art practice as well as periods of silent reflection. We’ll also discuss the complex history of Central Park.  Hope to see you on March 9th!

We’ll meet at 10am at the C train stop on 103rd Street and Central Park West. Bring water, a bag lunch or snacks, and simple art supplies such as pens,  pencils, colors of any kind (we will also have some supplies for you to use).

If you have any further questions about this venture you may write to us at the training office:
We will send out another notice closer to retreat time with any updates and as a reminder! Bon Voyage!


Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received the priestly transmission (the 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 serves as the Training Director for the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC-Fire Lotus Temple . Hojin Sensei began her artistic career early and has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, opening people up to the wonders and mysteries of the creative process and continues to offer Art Practices as part of her teaching. She has been in full-time residential training at the Monastery since 1990 and now shares her time at the Brooklyn temple.
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Sandy Joshin Del Valle, MRO
Sandra Joshin Del Valle was a civil rights lawyer for over twenty years before becoming a high school English teacher. She is a member of the Temple Advisory Council and was a member of the MRO’s Beyond Fear of Differences group. She became a student of Shugen Roshi in 2011 and a jukai student in 2016.
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James Sanzen Cole, MRO
James Sanzen Cole started working in New York City Public Schools first as an Outward Bound instructor and later as a middle school science teacher. Since 2002, he has worked as a middle school assistant principal. Sanzen is a member of the Earth Initiative. He became a jukai student in 2013.
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