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Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple, California
July 7-10, 2020
$350/270/210 + accommodations
San Francisco Zen Center, California
Sunday, July 12; 9:30am to 4:30pm
Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, California
July 19-23, 2020
$361 + accommodations
A collaboration between the Art Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center
Co-led by Art Monastery Abbess Suiko Betsy McCall and Qayyum Johnson
Beginners welcome. No experience necessary.
Join Artmonks Suiko McCall (painter & Art Monastery founder) & Qayyum Johnson (poet, sculptor, Zen activist) in these explorations of art and Zen. We will explore boundaryless, non-conceptual, body-based love as a source of inspiration in both contemplative and creative practice. Allow yourself to be rejuvenated by a variety of guided art exercises. The overnight retreat will also offer spacious time to work on your own creative projects.
The City Center workshop is a full day, materials included in the $150. Bring a bag lunch or eat out at a nearby restaurant. For more information or to register, visit the Zen Center website or call 415.863.3136.
The Green Gulch retreat is a silent, immersive four-day retreat (four full days excluding arrival day and departure day). For more information or to register, please visit the Green Gulch website or call 415.475.9362.
The Tasssajara retreat is a partially-silent, four-day retreat (four full days excluding arrival day and departure day). For more information or to register, please visit the Tassajara website or call 888.743.9362 after March 14.
Photographs of Tassajara by Moon Masters (IG: @wondrousmoonmasters)
4:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation) Instruction in the Zendo
5:00pm Brief Introduction in the Large Retreat Hall
7:00pm Dinner in the Dining Room
8:00pm Orientation Meeting in the Retreat Hall
Three Full Retreat Days
5:50-6:50am Optional Community Zazen (Zendo)
7:40-8:55am Dharma Talk & Discussion (Retreat Hall)
9:30-10:15am optional Bag Lunch making
11 am-1pm Guided Creative Session (Retreat Hall)
4:30-6pm Unguided Solo Creative Time (Retreat Hall)
8:40pm Optional Zazen (Zendo)
7:40-8:55am Class (Retreat Hall)
9:30-10:15am optional Bag Lunch making
10:30-11:15am Closing Circle (Retreat Hall)
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
Your retreat will be led by Art Monastery Abbess Suiko Betsy McCall and Artmonk Qayyum Johnson.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.
Qayyum Johnson was born into an American Sufi family and grew up in intentional communities. A bricolage poet/writer, sculptor, sound & video artist & ordinary person inspired by indigenous, folk & street traditions & mash-ups—revolutionary life that stirs the body and mind to reconnect with elemental truth. He was an organic vegetable farmer and resident Zen student at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center / Green Dragon Zen Temple for more than ten years. Qayyum has studied & practiced myriad spiritual paths, served on an interfaith street chaplaincy board, and corresponds with incarcerated men seeking contemplative comrades.
Qayyum & Suiko live at Art Monastery Vermont, in the aboriginal Abenaki Dawnland of modern Vermont, alongside Kwanitekw, the Long (Connecticut) River.
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
- Visit Tassajara’s Rooms & Rates section and determine your preferred accommodations before making your reservations request online or by phone.
- Call the Tassajara Reservations office at 1.888.743.9362 (toll free) or 415.475.9362 (local) or fill out this online form.
$361 for non-members
$306 for members of San Francisco Zen Center
Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations. Retreats begin late afternoon on the indicated start date and end in the morning on the indicated end date. Visit Tassajara’s Rooms & Rates section and determine your preferred accommodations before making your reservations request online.