Suggested Donation of $20 - $70 – $20.00 - $70.00

Date & Time Details: Saturday, June 8, 10am - 1pm, Sunday, July 21, 2pm - 4pm and Sunday, August 18, 2pm - 4pm

Location: ZCNYC

Contact: ZMM Registrar


Drawing Before You Know It!

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

June 8 - August 18, 2024

Drawing is one of the most versatile, nimble, shape-shifting creative modalities: it can expand, generating movement and fluidity in all directions, and also contract, looking slowly into minute, direct detail.

Much of the shape-shifting happens by letting go of control, letting go of ideas about what a thing is or what a drawing needs to look like. This requires a willingness to allow the marks to speak and do for themselves, and an openness toward their free association with one another, allowing breath and natural body movements to take lead by leaping into connection. Then, before we know it, we are in the ocean—drawing!

With some guiding prompts & simple techniques, Hojin Sensei will guide us in drawing together and drawing apart into miraculous expression and serious play.

All are welcome, especially those of you who would love to draw but think you can’t, or are afraid to try. In fact, this powerful tension of yes and no, can and can’t, is itself a gateway of discovery when we stay in connection. Be prepared to be surprised and unpredictable!

*Materials will be provided. Consecutive attendance is not required — you are welcome to attend one or all sessions.


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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