The Teaching of Now
in Zen and Yoga

An online retreat to close the Old Year and open the New.

December 27 - 30

Join us, Shokuchi and Ingen, as the year draws to a close and the days begin to lengthen once again.

Join us in winding down the old year and renewing ourselves to start the new.

Join us in this online retreat from the comfort of your own home, or the comfort of a friend’s. If you’re in Ireland you can join Ingen in person at Ingen-ji.

For two decades Ingen and Shokuchi have presented The Mind and Body of Practice in Zen and Yoga and now feel it’s time to change the amplification to The Teaching of Now in Zen and Yoga. It is the same retreat and both amplifications are applicable. The two can be combined into The Teaching of Now in the Mind and Body of Practice in Zen and Yoga. The new amplification draws attention to what has been very much central to the retreats over the past twenty years.

At the time of writing the days are shortening, the light declining and Shokuchi and Ingen have usually held this retreat at Green Gulch at the time of the Solstice, the changing from darkness to light. As with recent years, it is not possible to have this retreat at Green Gulch and, following a successful Zen and Yoga retreat online in September, they feel it’s a good time, just after Christmas and before New Year’s, to present this retreat online.


We feel it’s possible and desirable to build a regular Zen and Yoga Sangha practice and are offering monthly weekend retreats through the first half of 2023, please refer to the calendar for the dates of these retreats. If it goes well we will likely continue with these weekend retreats and offer four or five, or even seven, day retreats whenever feasible.

As usual, we look forward to practicing Zen and Yoga with you and with each other.

This retreat is intended to be spacious and relaxed. It offers two sessions led by Shokuchi and two by Ingen each day. Ingen and Shokuchi are also sharing more of their personal practice with you in this retreat.

Shokuchi is offering Cultivating the BodyMind of Tranquillity, Restorative Yoga, Prāṇayāma, and yogāsana class in the Donald Moyer Yoga tradition (see notes), Ingen is offering Zen in Motion.

Zen in Motion is a series of exercises tanken from Aikido, T’ai Chi, Chi Kung, Kung Fu, and Yoga compiled by Ingen. You follow along as appropriately as you can, paying attention and respect to your body and it’s limitations. The main thing is to be present and flow.

Cultivating the BodyMind of Tranquillity includes Sūryanamaskāra (Sun Salutes–Shokuchi's version), Prāṇāyāma (see notes), Ṡamatha practice (traditional Buddhist concentration practice developing tranquillity), and Ṡavāsana (relaxed stillness).

Schedule


California

Day 1 & 3

10:00 - 11:30 Yogāsana (in the Donald Moyer Yoga tradition)

11:30 - 12:30 zazen, kinhin, zazen


Break


13:30 - 15:00 Dharma Talk, Discussion, Zazen

15:00 - 16:00 Restorative Poses


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Day 2 & 4

10:00 - 11:00 Zen in Motion

11:00 - 12:30 Cultivating the BodyMind of Tranquillity (see notes)


Break


13:30 - 15:00 Dharma Talk, Discussion, Zazen

15:00 - 16:00 Pranayama (see notes)


New York

Day 1 & 3

13:00 - 14:30 Yogāsana (in the Donald Moyer Yoga tradition)

14:30 - 15:30 zazen, kinhin, zazen


Break


16:30 - 18:00 Dharma Talk, Discussion, Zazen

18:00 - 19:00 Restorative Poses


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Day 2 & 4

13:00 - 14:00 Zen in Motion

14:00 - 15:30 Cultivating the BodyMind of Tranquillity (see notes)


Break


16:30 - 18:00 Dharma Talk, Discussion, Zazen

18:00 - 19:00 Pranayama (see notes)


Ireland & U.K.

Day 1 & 3

18:00 - 19:30 Yogāsana (in the Donald Moyer Yoga tradition)

19:30 - 20:30 zazen, kinhin, zazen


Break


21:30 - 23:00 Dharma Talk, Discussion, Zazen

23:00 - 0:00 Restorative Poses


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Day 2 & 4

18:00 - 19:00 Zen in Motion

19:00 - 20:30 Cultivating the BodyMind of Tranquillity (see notes)


Break


21:30 - 23:00 Dharma Talk, Discussion, Zazen

23:00 - 0:00 Pranayama (see notes)

Fee

Full Retreat $400

Daily Rate $125

A lowering of the fee is available on request
To register and to make payments please contact
Shokuchi or Ingen