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Loving the Mountains: A Zen Photography Retreat

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Shundo David Haye
with Shundo David Haye
May 3-6, 2015 (Sunday-Wednesday)

This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioner and photographer.

"A person in the mountains should love the mountains" - Dogen

Enjoy the beauty of the spring mountains with camera in hand, gently exploring the landscapes of Tassajara.


Tassajara is cradled in the spectacular mountains of the Ventana wilderness. Spending time at the monastery is an opportunity to live life at walking pace - to slow down and observe our surroundings and the workings of our own mind. Through sitting zazen, and the other formal activities of the monastery, we can bring ourselves to a place of attention and open awareness. How can we use this present and spacious mind to inform our photography? We will wander the grounds of Tassajara, and take to the trails around the monastery to allow ourselves to be enriched by the act of exploring and the process of creation

Retreat Fee:
$265 ($225/Member)

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 the Rooms & Rates section and determine your preferred accommodations before making your reservations request online.



Slideshow by Shundo David Haye


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Shundo David Haye

Shundo David Haye came from England to Zen Center to begin his practice in 2000. Since then he has lived at City Center and Tassajara, following the traditional monastic training path. He has served as work leader at Tassajara, tenzo (head of the kitchen) and ino (head of the meditation hall) at City Center, and currently holds the position of director at City Center. He was ordained as a priest in 2009 by Ryushin Paul Haller, and was head monk at Tassajara in the fall of 2012. He helps to run the Young Urban Zen group in the city, and loves to be outdoors, either on a bicycle or taking photographs.