a workshop retreat led by Rev. Catherine Gammon
Combining a relaxed meditation schedule and teachings from the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this late-summer retreat is designed to encourage intimate and creative study of the mind and provide the opportunity to immerse yourself in the restorative beauty of Green Gulch.
Engaging playfully with language as an opportunity to receive, express, study, and reveal our own presently arising body and mind, we will write together from prompts, and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative and emotional insight rather than craft or editorial critique. Our time together will be intimate and playful, and will offer everyone opportunities for participation and discussion.
Our daily schedule will include meditation, dharma teaching, writing and group discussion, as well as free time for rest, reading, and walking in the farm and garden, to nearby Muir Beach, and in the surrounding hills.
The work we do together is appropriate for participants at any level of writing experience. Our time is structured to include informal periods of reflection and formal periods of silent meditation as practiced in the Zen tradition. Meditation instruction will be offered as needed.
Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer, writing teacher, and Soto Zen priest. Catherine’s novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published in 1991. Her shorter fiction has appeared in many literary journals, and she recently published Beauty and the Beast, a collection of early stories from the 1970s. From 1992-2000, Catherine taught in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
To inquire, please email the Green Gulch Farm Front Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 415.383.3134 during office hours: 9:00am-noon and 1:30pm-4:00pm Mon-Sat; 9:00am-10:00am and 11:15am-3:00pm Sundays.
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- 888-743-9362 (toll free) or
- 415-475-9362 during office hours
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When & Where
San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)
Established in 1962 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and his American students, San Francisco Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist community with three practice places in the SF Bay Area: City Center, an urban temple in the heart of San Francisco; Green Gulch Farm, in Marin County, where fertile fields meet the ocean; and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen training monastery in the West, in the Ventana Wilderness inland from Big Sur. At San Francisco Zen Center, zazen, study, and work practice are available to a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks. All are welcome!