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in collaboration with
San Francisco Zen Center

June 25-27

Online
Register at sfzc.org

Led by Art Monastery Abbess Suiko Betsy McCall & Artist-Activist Qayyum Johnson

 

Beginners welcome. No experience necessary.

All sessions will be via Zoom.

Register online or call (415) 354-0360

 

 

Are you stuck creatively?

Do you long to bring Buddhist principles to your creative process?

Are you thirsty to rejuvenate your connection to artmaking?

The Art Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center invite you to an immersive online weekend that will offer you new tools to drop into vital states of spaciousness, relaxation, and joy. Surprise yourself by encountering the mysterious and powerful life force that courses below the surface of your everyday habits. Leave this weekend feeling rejuvenated in your body, mind, and spirit, with a profound sense of freedom of expression and playful joy in your creative practice.

Join husband-and-wife team Art Monastery Abbess Suiko McCall and Zen farmer-artist Qayyum Johnson in a heart-led experiential workshop that will explore what happens when we move our awareness from the logical, linear, and linguistic left brain where we live most of our modern lives, and attune/commune with the non-conceptual energy field beneath and around our thinking minds.

We will investigate what the more-than-human natural world has to teach us about how to live in balance and engage in meditation practices that encourage us to feel our bodies directly. We’ll also experiment with creative practices that seek to dance with consciousness and allow our unique blessings to find expression in language, mark-making, and other forms of art.

Whether you already have an art practice or are looking to reconnect 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

  • guided creative practices with Suiko
  • Dharma talks with Qayyum
  • chant & singing with Phoebe
  • spacious time to work on your own creative projects offline and away from the computer
  • zazen (meditation) instruction
  • movement, singing, and chant

Materials list:

  • Meditation cushion
  • Journal or sketchbook
  • Whatever artmaking supplies you’d like to use

ALL art forms are welcome!

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

Register at sfzc.org

 

June 2021 Schedule

all sessions will take place on Zoom
all times are listed in West Coast Time

 

Friday
4 – 6 pm PT Opening Session: Introductions, Orientation, and Opening Ceremony
Saturday

10 am – 1 pm PT

PRACTICE & TEACHING: Zazen, Chant & Song, 15-minute break, Dharma Talk, Group Sharing, Guided Creative Practice
1 – 4:30 pm PT 3.5 hours offline for meals, rest, solo creative time
4:30 – 6 pm PT SHARING: Artshare and Chant & Song
Sunday
10 am – 1 pm PT PRACTICE & TEACHING: Zazen, Chant & Song, 15-minute break, Dharma Talk, Group Sharing, Guided Creative Practice
1 – 3 pm PT 2 hours offline for meals, rest, solo creative time
3 – 5 pm PT CLOSING: Artshare, Closing Ceremony, Chant & Song
 

 

Fee Information

  • General $230
  • Current SFZC Members $207

San Francisco Zen Center offers a number of discounted tickets:

  • Sliding Scale 1: $138
  • Sliding Scale 2: $57.50

For additional discount options, please email rezoffice@sfzc.org.

 

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.

 

Who

Meditators interested in creativity.

Creatives interested in meditation.

Artists.

(We believe everyone is an artist.)

 

“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, Artist-Activist Qayyum Johnson, and soprano Phoebe Rosquist.

Retreat leader bios...

Suiko Betsy McCall brings her experience as a competitive synchronized swimmer, professional knitter, and founder of the Art Monastery Project to inform her visual art and her retreat hosting. Garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, Suiko’s paintings have been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome. In 2013, she co-authored and illustrated the book, “Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking”. In 2017, she authored and illustrated the workbook, “Live Your Dream. Start Here. Start Now.” Her paintings have been published in International Interiors Magazine, Leaping Clear Literary Magazine, and Cream City Review. She is the Founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery, an arts organization dedicated to cultivating personal awakening and cultural transformation through artmaking, spiritual practice, and reciprocal relationship with the earth. An American non-profit, the Art Monastery is one of the founding organizations in the International Partnership for Transformative Learning. Suiko lived at the Art Monastery in its various locations throughout Italy for seven years and Art Monastery Vermont for five years. She lived at Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple in California for four years. Suiko now lives on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
You can see Suiko’s paintings at suiko.art.

Qayyum Johnson was raised in an American Sufi family. After wandering pilgrimage he received a degree in Religious Studies and, after a short trip to Japan, moved to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Muir Beach, CA, in 2006. Qayyum served as Shuso (Head Student) in 2015 with Abbess Fu Schroeder, as well as being Farm Manager of Green Gulch for many years. Most recently he has been co-director of the Art Monastery in Vermont, where he also performed volunteer hospice work, began a sitting group in prison, renovated old homes and worked for the post office as a letter carrier. He is keenly interested in how zazen (seated meditation) allows us to embrace the vast relational inter-being that defines our lives and discover grace amidst the uneasiness of creative self-expression.

Phoebe Rosquist has been leading contemplative music at meditation retreats for more than ten years. She has appeared as a soloist with the Waverly Consort, Voices of Music, American Bach Soloists, and North Holland Opera. Among her varied collaborations are medieval group Vajra Voices; lieder with celebrated pianist Robert Thies; and early Italian convent repertoire with Bologna-based Cappella Artemisia. Phoebe has also toured the US and Indonesia with Gamelan X (a Balinese music ensemble), and sung folk music with Kitka and VOCO. ​Phoebe completed her Master of Arts degree in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California. Also a choral conductor, she has served as an assistant director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and currently co-directs the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) in Berkeley. Phoebe believes every voice is beautiful and every voice counts.
You can hear recordings of Phoebe’s music at phoebej.com

 

How

To Register 

Register online through San Francisco Zen Center.

 

Fee Information

  • General $230
  • Current SFZC Members $207

San Francisco Zen Center offers a number of discounted tickets:

  • Sliding Scale 1: $138
  • Sliding Scale 2: $57.50

For additional discount options, please email rezoffice@sfzc.org.

 

Video for last year’s program: