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Loving the Mountains: A Zen Photography and Hiking Retreat

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Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh
Shundo David Haye
with Shundo David Haye and Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh
June 12-15, 2014 (Thursday-Sunday)

This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioner and photographer.
Come prepared for hikes in somewhat challenging terrain.

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

Plunge into the wilderness landscape around Tassajara as we hike and take photographs in the magnificent mountain environment.

Tassajara echoes the ancient Chinese monasteries where Zen was brought to life more than a thousand years ago. Alongside the more formal practices of meditation, study and chanting, this workshop will be a chance to immerse yourself in the vitality of the wilderness. We will hike different trails in the area and use photography as a way to be completely present with our surroundings, to discover the beautiful around us on a large and small scale, and to be invigorated by the wonders of nature. Please bring hiking gear and a camera.

$240 ($204/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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Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh

Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh has been a residential practitioner at San Francisco Zen Center since 2000. She has served as garden manger, Guest Student manager, Ino and is currently the Treasurer at Green Gulch Farm. She was ordained as a priest in 2007 and was shuso at Tassajara in 2010 with Tenshin Reb Anderson.

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.