Retreat Teachers


Sarah Taisho Sands

Sarah Taisho Sands has been a painter for over 40 years, with careers as both a Professor of Art and a Technical Specialist in Art Materials. In 2013 she was the first openly Trans person to enter practice and long term residency at Zen Mountain Monastery. A formal student since 2014, she received  Jukai with Shugen Roshi in 2019. One of the original founders of the TGNC Sangha Practice and Affinity Group, she helped create and organize the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience, and continues to facilitate residential training sessions on gender issues as part of ZMM’s Beyond Fear of Differences work, as well as working to increase awareness thru TGNC and LGBTQ+ centered programming.