CANCELED Discover how your body can guide you to find inner stillness, peace and freedom through Yoga and Zen.
A Labor-Day weekend retreat at Green Gulch Farm
with Samantha Ostergaard and Do-On Robert Thomas
Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2
Join us as we take time to deeply restore and realign with our deepest intentions as human beings through the integration of yoga and Zen. In this retreat we explore the Buddhist practice of the Six Perfections to realize generosity, ethical conduct, patience, vitality, concentration, and wisdom through the body. The yoga practice will cultivate immediacy and stability in the flow of poses, and deep relaxation and presence in the restorative postures. You'll leave renewed and refreshed, with a solid grounding in stillness and peace, inspired to live the wisdom of an embodied life that benefits all beings.
No experience necessary, everyone welcome!
This retreat will begin with a yoga class at 4 pm on Friday, followed by dinner in the Green Gulch Dining room. We welcome you to arrive before this time to get settled in your room and discover the beauty of Green Gulch Farm. Our time together will come to a close at 11:30 am on Monday.
$240, $216 current SFZC members, $192 limited income . Some partial scholarships available; see below. Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations. See Accommodations at Green Gulch
. Registration and Overnight Accommodations:
To register and to reserve accommodations, call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
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
For 21 years Robert has been studying and practicing Zen Buddhism, and he received dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2009. He served as president of San Francisco Zen Center for seven years, overseeing the three temples. His teaching is focused on helping people extend the deeply grounded yet expansive awareness of Zen meditation into the activities of daily life. He is also a visiting Dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.