Art & Zazen: Cultivating Creativity, Community and Mindfulness, Online 4/28 - 5/19

Practice Center
Date / Time
Apr 28, 2024 / 9:00am - May 19, 2024 / 11:00am
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

The Zoom link to participate in the class will be provided at least 24 hours before it begins. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions.

Four Sundays, 9 – 11 am PT

Beginners welcome. No experience necessary.

Do you love making art but struggle to actually sit down and do it? Have you strayed from or want to renew a daily creative practice? Have you longed for a sincere community of art-makers and meditators? Do you want to deepen & explore the ongoing connection between your spiritual and creative practices?

Dive into a journey where art meets meditation, and community flourishes. Whether you're picking up a brush for the first time or seeking to deepen an existing practice, this course offers a sanctuary for both. Join us to intertwine art and meditation, fostering a daily practice that enriches your life and the world around us.

Suiko McCall, Art Monastery's visionary, enhances this year's experience with her unique blend of mindfulness and artistic expertise. Expect to explore improvisatory drawing with whatever materials you have, inspired by Suiko's inclusive approach to creativity.

We will gather via Zoom for two hours on four Sundays to:

  1. build community

  2. make art

  3. interweave our spiritual & creative practices;

  4. discuss the challenges that arise from the creative process

  5. come together in symbiotic support and mutual inspiration, in all our vulnerability and prowess

  6. realize the benefit of this beautiful planet and all beings!

This class supports you to:

  1. create (or rejuvenate) a daily art practice of your own

  2. deepen your creativity

  3. bridge your creative & meditation practices (even if you don't already have those)

  4. connect with a heartfelt community of Artmonks for mutual encouragement & accountability

  5. share your work, should you so choose

Recommended Materials

We encourage you to use whatever you already have available. If acquiring new art supplies inspires you to create, here are a few you might explore:

  1. a sturdy sketchbook

  2. a set of colored pencils, such as Prismacolors

  3. watercolor or water soluble brush pens

  4. black pens, such as a fine point Sharpie or the more refined Molotow fineliners

  5. color pens

  6. For fine lines: Tuls – available in a set or individually

  7. For wider coverage: Posca Paint Markers

  8. For fine white lines: Sakura Gelly Roll white pens.

  9. Watercolors or gouache: For the most beautiful, lovingly, and responsibly made, check out Beam Paints, such as the Spectrum 11 or liquid watercolors

Practice art. Practice meditation. Practice togetherness.


  1. "I've taken a number of zoom classes (and led a few myself), but Art & Zazen class has been the most connected zoom experience yet!" —Sherri M

  2. “Suiko has the incredibly rare ability to translate the creative process into usable, understandable pieces of information. I don’t even know how that’s actually possible — but she does it.” —Mary S.

  3. “Our time together was a space for healing and restoration—nourishing ourselves to right a world that's turning upside down.” —Alysia T.

Fee Information
  • General $200
  • Current SFZC Members $180
  • Sliding scale 1: $120
  • Sliding scale 2: $50

For additional discount options, please email us at

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