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Erin Merk

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Class: “The Dharma Gate of Repose and Bliss”—A Practical and Playful Exploration of Zazen Posture, GGF 7/9 - 8/13
07/09/2013 - 08/13/2013
Returning to the Source: A Mid-Summer Zen and Restorative Yoga Retreat, at ZaZEN Filbert Street, 7/13
07/13/2013
Warm Earth, Ripe Harvest: A Late-Summer Zen and Restorative Yoga Retreat, at ZaZEN Filbert Street, 8/24
08/24/2013
Still Body, Waves of Breath: An Autumn Zen and Restorative Yoga Retreat, at ZaZEN Filbert Street, 10/12
10/12/2013
Erin Merk is a Zen priest and teacher of yoga. She received priest ordination from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005, and served as “head student” at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2012. Erin first came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1999, following her graduation from Stanford University’s Teacher Education Program. After two weeks as a work study participant at Tassajara, she fell in love with Zen practice and put her teaching career on hold to explore monastic practice.

Erin has lived and practiced at City Center, Tassajara, Green Gulch Farm, and No Abode, spending much of her time chopping vegetables and washing big pots and pans. Since 2006 Erin has been a faculty member at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, directing the school’s Body-Mind Education program and teaching yoga, mindfulness, and health classes to teens. A practicing yogini and yoga teacher for many years, Erin recently graduated from the Advanced Studies Program at Yoga Room Berkeley and earned certification as a Relax and Renew™ trainer from Judith Hanson Lasater. She is currently delighted to be exploring Egoscue™ and Yoga with Patricia Sullivan.


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