in collaboration with
San Francisco Zen Center

August 28-30, 2020


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via Zoom

Co-led by Art Monastery Abbess Suiko Betsy McCall
and Green Gulch Farm Abiding Abbess Fu Schroeder


Beginners welcome. No experience necessary.

All sessions will be via Zoom.



The Imaginaria is the homeland of everything humans have manifested. From pencils and the internet to zendos and democracy, everything humans have ever created began as an idea. In our current moment of revolution, the urgent need to dismantle white supremacy, the world-sweeping pandemic, and the ongoing climate crisis, the world we create from here depends on the power of our imaginations.

Join Artist, Founder & Abbess of the Art Monastery Suiko McCall & Green Gulch Abiding Abbess Fu Schroeder to explore the liberated wisdom of the Heart Sutra as a source of inspiration and guidance in both contemplative and creative practice, all within the context of the Movement for Black Lives.

In this weekend online retreat, you will learn to free the mind on the cushion and in your artmaking. This practice hones our ability to meet world events with greater clarity, depth, compassion, and wisdom.

Whether you already have an art practice or are looking to re-connect with your creativity, this workshop opens the door to marrying the dharma with artmaking and as a result, deepening both practices.

This online retreat will offer
– dharma talks
– guided creative practices
– spacious time to work on your own creative projects
– zazen (meditation)
-movement, singing & chant

Join us for a time of deep replenishment and expansion of the heartmind.

To register, visit the Zen Center website or call 415.863.3136.

Sample Schedule

all sessions will take place on Zoom
all times are in PDT


4-6pm – Opening Ceremony, Zazen, and Chant

7-8am – Early Morning Session
               30 minute Zazen, Chant, Directions Practice

8-9:30am – offline for breakfast / rest

9:30-11am –  Mid-Morning Session
               Dharma Talk with Fu 
               Creative Practice with Suiko

11am – 5pm – offline for meals, rest, creative time

4-6pm – Late Afternoon Session
                 30 minute zazen, 15 minute chant

7-8am – Early Morning Session
               30 minute Zazen, Chant, Directions Practice

8-9:30am – offline for breakfast / rest

9:30-11am –  Mid-Morning Session
               Dharma Talk with Fu 
               Creative Practice with Suiko

11am – 2pm – offline for meals, rest, creative time

2-4pm -Mid-Afternoon Session
                 Closing Ceremony


Meditators interested in creativity.

Creatives interested in meditation.


(We believe everyone is an artist.)

Artistic feedback and contemplative support is available in one-on-one meetings with the Core Team.

“A nourishing, quiet, joyful time.”  – 2018 participant

“The exercises unleashed a torrent of creative art & writing energy.”- 2018 participant

“Liberating & relaxing.” – 2018 participant

Retreat Leaders

Your retreat will be led by Art Monastery Abbess Suiko Betsy McCall and Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm Fu Schroeder.

Retreat leader bios...

Suiko 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. Suiko’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 Suiko 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.

Suiko lives at Art Monastery Vermont, in the aboriginal Abenaki Dawnland of modern Vermont, alongside Kwanitekw, the Long (Connecticut) River.


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.




To Register 

Fill out this online form

or Tassajara at (415) 475-9362.


Retreat Fee

$300 for non-members
$270 for members of San Francisco Zen Center
$210 scholarship — to apply for a scholarship, fill out this  online form.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds!