ZESI Retreats

At Zen Mountain Monastery

Zen Kids and Family Camping Retreat

with MRO Staff

July 31 - August 2, 2020
Gazing at stars, waking to birdsong, cooking food over a glowing fire we’ve made. Simple experiences like these bring us directly to our inherent relationship with nature. Being intimate with the natural world is a precious gift for us all, particularly so for our children. …

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
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 of the Adirondacks’ Lake Lila so that we too quiet down into our naturalness and experience the generosity of this Great Mother Earth....

Ecodharma: A New Buddhist Path?

with David Loy

November 13 - 15, 2020
Our ecological emergency is not something the Buddha or Zen masters talked about, but their teachings have important implications for how understand and respond to the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. This aspects of the eco-crisis this retreat will focus on include reconnecting with the natural world, the parallels between our individual predicament and our collective predicament; and the ecosattva path…