• $500.00 – Program Cost
  • $400.00 – MRO Student Cost
  • $450.00 – Practicing Member Cost

(845) 688-2228

Note: If this would be your first time attending a Circles on the Water retreat, please call the Training Office at 845-688-2228 to arrange for an interview before registering.

Please call to register: 845-688-2228

Circles on the Water: Call to the Forest — Meeting our Women Ancestors

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei and Mn. Shoan Ankele

August 4 - 9, 2020

Please call to register: 845-688-2228
A Wilderness Retreat for those who self identify as Women 

In the early poetry of the first Buddhist women, the Therigatha, we read of women going into the forest for a quiet place to turn inward and free their minds. This wilderness excursion will take us into mountains, forests and onto the waters of the Adirondacks’ Lake Lila so that we too quiet down into our naturalness and experience the generosity of this Great Mother Earth. Our trip will allow us to develop the skills of canoeing and camping so we may feel at home and self-reliant in the woods and on water within natures unpredictable conditions. 

In our group gatherings we will invoke our Women Dharma Ancestors through their poetry in the Therigatha, and through collected stories about their lives and practices. What were their challenges on the path? How can their lives guide us into our own journey? There will be times of being together in silence; zazen, creative process, canoeing explorations, hiking, and plenty of swimming off the rocks and focused Dharma study together. 

If you have not previously done a retreat at Zen Mountain Monastery, please call the training office at 845 688-2228 to schedule a phone interview.

Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.

We also encourage everyone to use our Rideshare program to either arrange or offer rides to and from the Monastery.


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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Mn. Shoan Ankele
Danica Shoan Ankele is a Senior Monastic in the Mountains and Rivers Order. She has been in full time residential training since 2007 and ordained with Shugen Roshi in 2014. Shoan is the Monastery’s Creative Director and Training Coordinator, and is also involved in the Monastery’s Tenkozan line of ZMM-made products, including statues and cloth items dyed with plants cultivated on the Monastery grounds.
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