Suggested donation – $150.00 - $350.00

Date & Time Details: Friday June 7- Sunday June 9, 2024

Location: Zen Mountain Monastery

Contact: ZMM Registrar
(845) 688-2228

Note: Please offer a donation for this retreat according to your financial ability. Your donation helps the Monastery to cover retreat costs and instructor's fees, and allows us to continue to make the Dharma affordable and available to everyone.


Living Dharma with Ease and Joy

with Chimyo Atkinson, Osho and Cheryl L. Drake-Bowers

June 7 - 9, 2024

Practicing the Buddha’s Way is difficult in any, or at any age.

If we are serious about practicing the Buddha’s Way, there is no excuse around “difficulty”. Moving through life thoughtfully, gently and with compassion is practice. Is practicing this life your aspiration? What gets in the way? Ego, ignorance, fear? The one who makes it difficult, is actually the one who aspires to practice.

How do we avoid creating the mental blocks that make it hard to truly be kind and loving?
In the context of bodhisattva practice, what is right effort?
How can we stand upright in the unremitting storm that is impermanence, with grace and joy?

This weekend will also include sessions in mindful body care that will help develop ease though a lifetime of Zen practice. Chery Drake-Bowers of Drake Advanced Myofascial Bodywork will guide us in simple body intelligence exercises based on the Feldenkrais inspired work of Ruthy Alon.

As with all in-person retreats at the Monastery, participants are required to follow the current protocol for keeping everyone safe (this link is updated frequently so check back). Review the current protocol requirements before registering, and if you have further questions, please contact the registrar.

Public transportation is available to the Monastery: please contact Trailways (tel. 1-800-858-8555 for schedule from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC).  See these travel instructions for details.  

If registration is full, please add your name to the Registration Pool. 

Please review our Coming to A Retreat webpage for more information and FAQ.

Financial concerns should not prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. This program is offered by donation so that everyone can participate. We appreciate your support.


Chimyo Atkinson, Osho
Rev. Chimyo Simone Atkinson, Osho was ordained as a priest in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition by Rev. Teijo Munnich in 2007, and received Dharma Transmission in 2015, completing Zuise in 2016. She received her monastic training at Great Tree Temple in North Carolina, Sotoshu International training periods in Japan, the Aichi Senmon Nisodo in Nagoya (2012), and Ryumonji Monastery in Iowa (2014). She served as Head of Practice at Great Tree Temple until 2020. She served on the board of directors of the SZBA from 2017-2020 and the ASZB from 2019 to the present.
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Cheryl L. Drake-Bowers
Cheryl Drake-Bowers is a somatic professional in the field of bodywork and movement therapy. With over 35 years of experience, she is a certified Bones for Life  (R) and Movement Intelligence teacher, specializing in helping individuals improve their posture, movement, and overall well-being. Over the past decade, she has delved into the Somatic Experiencing (R) work of Dr. Peter Levine Somatic Experience to provide holistic support her clients self healing.
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