Retreat Teachers


Robert Seiyu Lanaghan

Bob Seiyu Lanaghan, MRO, has been practicing at the Temple and the Monastery since 2004 and 2005, respectively. He and his husband Matt are dyers, spinners and knitters, who show and sell at local markets. Seiyu teaches high school choir by day and helps with the Tenkozan dye studio when he’s at the Monastery.

Events with Robert Seiyu Lanaghan

To See a Flower: An Exploration of Urban Eco-printing
August 31, 2019

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time. — Georgia O’Keeffe In urban life, so often we miss the beauty of nature in our hustle from one place to another.  When we do stop to look, what do we actually see? In this retreat , we will use the magical forms of flower petals and plant leaves growing in our neighborhood to create color and designs on cloth and paper.  Their subtle hues and vibrant colors will be the starting point for our inspiration and creativity. Eco-printing, also known as botanical contact printing is a method of natural dyeing in which organic material is arranged on a cloth or piece of paper, bound or bundled, and then steamed so that it leaves its pigment and impression behind.  We’ll take up this process in the spirit of mindful practice and creative expression, allowing the plants we gather to lead the way as we experiment with color, pattern and design . Everyone will make something to take home as we share in this late-summer opportunity to connect with nature right in the heart of Brooklyn.…