A summer series of Zen Mind, Yoga Body
retreats at Green Gulch Farm led by Do-On Robert Thomas and Samantha Ostergaard 2015 Dates, Still Water Hall
Saturday, May 30
9 am - 5 pm
Friday, June 26 - Sunday, June 28
4 pm Friday through noon on Sunday
Saturday, July 25
9 am - 5 pm
Living in today’s increasingly complex and fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to slow down and experience the stillness, balance and clarity available to us in each moment.
The integration of yoga and zazen is a profound experience. When we bring awareness to the experience of the body in the present moment, our mind is less distracted and more settled. With this comes the joy and fulfillment of awakening to each moment with the body and mind as one. Quite naturally, our innate capacity for wisdom and compassion manifests itself.
Join Samantha Ostergaard and Do-On Robert Thomas this summer as they integrate the generous spirit and profound teachings of two ancient spiritual traditions—Yoga and Zen Buddhism—in these upcoming Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body: Zen Mind, Yoga Body
retreats. Fees One-Day Retreat Fees (5/30; 7/25):
$110, $99 current SFZC members, $88 limited income. Fri-Sun Retreat Fees (6/26-28):
$180, $162 current SFZC members, $144 limited income.
- Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations. For overnight accommodations and three meals per full day, please call the Green Gulch office at 415-383-3134.
- Meals for commuters: lunch is included; for Fri-Sun retreatants, fee includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch, with option to join public lunch Sunday by donation.
- Some partial scholarships available.
Use the Register Online button above (available soon) for the dates you wish to attend. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations
Testimonials: What People Are Saying about Zen Mind, Yoga Body Retreats
“Samantha and Robert put together a marvelous, inspiring, thoughtful retreat that really integrates body and mind in extended periods of yoga practice and meditation. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and came home feeling fully renewed, relaxed, and with a panoply of new ways to approach both meditation and yoga."
“Of all the workshops we have taken, this was in my mind the best integration of body work and introduction to Zen. You feel physically, mentally and spiritually prepared to sit zazen.”
“Since the Zen Mind, Yoga Body retreat, I have made mindfulness meditation a part of my everyday life. I feel more mindful and happy and the retreat feels like one of the best things I have done for myself.”
“Samantha and Robert are the real deal. I was honored to study with both for the day. You were both so open and loving and gentle and real and knowledgeable, that I came away completely satisfied.”
“Samantha and Robert provided the group with an inspiring blend of yoga practice and zen meditation that was warm, non-judgemental and fun. At the end of the three days I returned home rejuvenated, muscles stretched and peaceful inside.”
Samantha Ostergaard is a Zen student and yoga teacher who has used yoga to support her zazen practice for almost fifteen years. Her teaching of yoga is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism, and in her retreats she teaches yoga as a meditative practice of paying close attention to the body, the breath, and the mental and emotional processes. Samantha lived and practiced at Tassajara for three years, receiving lay ordination from Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2000.
Do-On Robert Thomas
At age 34, Do-On Robert Thomas stumbled into a Buddhist monastery in the forests of Thailand and began his Buddhist life. Today, his kind and thoughtful presence is the result of a 20-year commitment to Zen Buddhism, including six years of intensive meditation at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, America’s first Zen monastery. He was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 2000 and received dharma transmission from his Zen teacher, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, in 2009. As a dharma teacher, Robert leads meditation retreats and workshops and gives public lectures throughout the year. He thrives in facilitating engaging explorations of Buddhist ideas and practices as they apply to real-life issues. He was president of San Francisco Zen Center from 2005 to 2013, and is currently a visiting teacher at the Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico. Since 1993 he has traveled extensively, studying Buddhism in Thailand, Burma, India and Nepal.