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Workshops & Retreats

Zen and Yoga: The Mind of Winter—A Retreat at the Solstice, GGF 12/20
with Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan
Saturday, December 20, 2014

The word solstice derives from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still, to stop). At the solstices, the seasonal movement of the Sun's path (as seen from the perspective of Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction. Winter solstice means the Sun stands still in winter.


New Year's Retreat, 2014-2015, GGF 12/27-1/1
with Yo-on Jeremy Levie
at Green Gulch Farm
December 27 - January 1

This retreat held in the last days of the year offers a time of quiet and community, with a gentle schedule allowing for rest, reading, and walking to nearby Muir Beach and in the hills surrounding Green Gulch Farm.


Biodynamic Apiculture: Supporting the Life of Bees, GGF 2/28
with Michael Joshin Thiele
Saturday, February 28, 2015

This workshop is an introduction to bio-dynamic Api-culture and a treatment-free, bee-centered approach.


The Simple Joy of Presence: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation, GGF 2/28 - 3/1
with Djuna Mascall and Jisan Anna Thorn
Saturday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1, 2015

A simple joy arises when we become present with the reality of our lives and return home to our bodies. This retreat will be a time to slow down and cultivate presence through the profound techniques of alignment-based yoga asana and pranayama, and Zen teachings on compassionate awareness.


Being Bodhisattvas—A Creative Practice Workshop, GGF 3/1
with Jaune Evans and Chris Fortin
in the Green Gulch Farm Yurt
Sunday, March 1, 2015

How do we embody and activate our Bodhisattva vows—the desire to alleviate the suffering of others, to help those we know and love, and then to reach out with wisdom and compassion locally, globally and universally?


Taichi for Strength and Healing, GGF 3/15
with Liping Zhu, LAc
Sunday, March 15, 2015

These seemingly easy and gentle exercises are powerful in building flexibility and strength, correcting body alignment and releasing stiffness.


A Spring Equinox Yoga and Zen Retreat, GGF 3/19 - 3/22
A three-night retreat with Patricia Sullivan and Eijun Linda Cutts
in Still Water Hall at Green Gulch Farm

Thursday 4 pm - Sunday 1:30 pm
March 19 - 22, 2015


The Practice of Samadhi in Zen and Yoga, GGF 4/11
with Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Samadhi is the last limb of the eight-limbed (astanga) path of Yoga described by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, and is also the third division of the Eightfold Noble Path taught by Shakyamuni Buddha upon his enlightenment.


Finding Balance: A Somatic Approach to Meeting Trauma Mindfully and Skillfully, GGF 4/18 - 4/19
with Rev. Jiko Jane Lazar, SEP and Patricia Meadows, SEP
Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19, 2015
(CEUs available)

Many of us can benefit from new ways of finding calm and balance. We invite you to join us for two days in the beautiful Green Gulch valley to discover internal resources that will support efficient relaxation and restoration of your body, mind and emotions.



The Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary: A New Framework for Living with Bees, GGF 5/30
with Michael Joshin Thiele
Saturday, May 30, 2015

In this class we will explore a radical shift in apiculture towards bee-centric management. We will examine how principles of wild honeybee nests and sanctuaries can inform our apiaries, be a resource for health and invigorate “backyard beekeeping.”