A Day-long Retreat
Sunday, April 22
9:30 am - 5 pm
Green Gulch Farm Yurt
Return to your true nature with powerful practices that can transform your life.
In this day-long retreat we will explore the integration of yoga practice and Zen meditation, and experience how the body and mind can work together to achieve clarity, stability and relaxation. As long-time practitioners of both yoga and Zen Buddhism, Samantha and Robert integrate yoga and Zen as complementary spiritual practices, supporting and guiding the group with a combination of yoga poses, sitting and walking meditation, and lively dharma discussion.
The yoga practice will prepare your body and mind for meditation posture, and is for all levels of ability. No previous meditation or Buddhist experience necessary—beginners are welcome!
Please bring a yoga sticky mat and a thick bath towel. Lunch is included.
Do-An Robert Thomas
Do-An Robert Thomas has practiced Zen and lived at Zen Center for 17 years. He was ordained as a priest and received Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. In his six years as Zen Center President, Robert has focused his teaching on how Zen Buddhism can be extended into the activities of everyday life.
Samantha Ostergaard is a Zen student and yoga teacher who has used yoga to support her zazen practice for many years. She lived and practiced at Tassajara for three years, receiving lay ordination from Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2000. Her teaching of yoga is deeply influenced by Zen practice.
Zen Center Resident Discounts
Current San Francisco Zen Center residents attend at a discount.
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: 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 4:00pm each day.
- For help completing registration, please call 888-743-9362 (toll free) or 415-475-9362
For more information, please visit the San Francisco Zen Center web site or call:
- 888-743-9362 (toll free) or
- 415-475-9362 during the hours:
M-F: 8am to 5pm
Sat: 9:30am to 3pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30pm (each day)
This Fall, we're adding online registration for many events at Green Gulch Farm. This is an extended trial, and we'd like to hear from you. How well is it working and how we might improve it? Please let us know what you think!
- For comments and suggestions, please email email@example.com
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!