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Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, California

August 12-16, 2019


Registration for this program will open in 2019. 

Feb 14: Online reservations open at sfzc.org/tassajara
March 14: Phone reservations open: 1-888-743-9362 (toll free) or 1-415-475-9362 (local)

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Betsy McCall and Fu Schroeder$361

$306 (San Francisco Zen Center Members)


Beginners welcome. No experience necessary.

Explore the central teachings of the Heart Sutra on the meditation cushion and in the art studio.

Join Art Monastery Founder Betsy McCall and Abbess Fu Schroeder in this immersive 5-day retreat that explores Art and Zen. We will explore the Heart Sutra as a source of inspiration in both contemplative practice and creative practice. Allow yourself to be rejuvenated by a variety of guided art exercises as well as spacious time to work on your own creative projects.

More info coming soon.

Below is the information from last year’s retreat at Green Gulch Farm:


We are deeply honored and so excited to announce the Art Monastery’s collaboration with Green Gulch Farm Zen Center / Green Dragon Zen Temple to offer this 5-day silent retreat that explores Art and Zen. The Abbesses of San Francisco Zen Center join with the Art Monastery’s own Betsy McCall to guide you in an immersion of contemplation & creativity. We will explore the Heart Sutra as a source of inspiration both on the cushion and with paintbrush in hand. There will be sitting, walking, and movement meditations, guided creative exercises as well as plentiful time for your own creative explorations.

Beginners welcome! No experience necessary. Materials included.

Sample schedule...

Sample Schedule (to give you a rough idea)

Early Mornings in the Zendo

5:00am Zazen (sitting meditation)
5:40am Kinhin (walking meditation)
5:50am Zazen
6:30am Service (bowing, chanting, offering incense)
7:00am Soji (temple cleaning)
7:15am Breakfast

Mornings in the Yurt

8:30am Zazen
9:30am Guided Creative Session
10:45am Creative Time
12:15pm Lunch

Afternoons in the Yurt

1:30pm Directions Practice (simple contemplative movement)
2:00pm Creative Time
4:14pm Creative Share
5:15pm Zazen
6:00pm Dinner

Evenings in the Zendo

7:15pm Zazen
7:30pm Dharma Talk, followed by Q&R
8:45pm Refuges

Retreat leader bios...

Eijun Linda Cutts is a Sōtō Zen priest practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, a Senior Dharma Teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center. Linda received Dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1996. She served as co-abbess of the San Francisco Zen Center from 2000 to 2007, and first began practice at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1971. Later, she was ordained a priest by Zentatsu Richard Baker in 1975. As abbess Linda has been aware of the significance in being a woman in a leadership position in religion that has historically been a patriarchy. In this vein, within her first year as abbess she instituted the ceremony in which female ancestors could be honored. She became Central Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center in 2014.

Linda currently lives at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach, California.

Betsy McCall, garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, brings her experience as a visual artist, social sculptor, competitive synchronized swimmer, and co-founder of the Art Monastery Project to inform her retreat-hosting. Investigating the relationships among contemplative practice, studio practice, and other kinds of practice (such as swim practice), her work explores breath, repetition, and pattern. Betsy’s visual artwork; which takes the form of meditative “breath portraits,” large-scale pattern-based drawings, and abstract video; has been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome. In 2008 Betsy co-founded the Art Monastery, an international arts organization dedicated to applying the collaborative and intentional “social sculpture” of monastic life to art-making and creativity.

Betsy splits her time between Green Gulch Farm and the Art Monastery Vermont.

Furyu Nancy Schroeder, a resident of Zen Center for over 35 years, became abiding abbess at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in March 2014. Fu has held most of the monastic positions at Zen Center and has been an active supporter of programs for children, people of color, the gay and lesbian community, and the interfaith community. In 2008 she was elected to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she was appointed to the Board of the Marin Community Foundation. In addition, she has previously co-led Zen Center’s Contemplative Caregiver Course. She received dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999.

Fu currently lives at GreenGulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach, California.


Green Gulch Farm Zen Temple

1601 Shoreline Highway

Muir Beach, CA 94965



To Register 

Please call the Green Gulch Farm main office at  415.383.3134 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362.

Or fill out this online form to have the Reservations Office contact you by phone or email to assist your registration.


$1050 for small room (all meals are included)
$1175 for large room (all meals are included)

$100 discount for participants with a limited income.

Some partial scholarships available.

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

Please register by Aug 6.