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Feb 24 Saturday Daylong: with Jesse Cardin

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OPEN MIND RETREAT: Transforming the Mind & Heart – The Story of the Grail with John Tarrant, Allison Atwill & Tess Beasley

March 7 @ 4:30 pm - March 10 @ 12:00 pm

$825 – $1075


Contact Registrar Eleanor Silberman if you want to be added to the wait list.

Transforming the Mind & Heart
—The Story of the Grail

With John Tarrant, Allison Atwill & Tess Beasley

March 7–10, 2024
Thursday Eve through Sunday Noon
Commonweal Center, Bolinas CA


People go to abandoned places to search for their true nature. 
At such a moment, Honored One, where is your true nature?

In the old days there was a wasteland and in that wild expanse there was a castle that appeared and disappeared at will. The king of that castle was disabled with an ancient wound and unable to walk but he could fish from a boat and was called the Fisher King.

His sickness caused the land around to be infertile. You could not find his palace but you might stumble upon it. The palace had a magical sword and a grail dish that emits light and heals but did not heal the king. 

That is your job when you arrive there: to understand, to heal the Grail King and the land around, and to learn to ask a question which requires not heroics but intimacy and tender care. In your turn you will have to take up his duties and rule the castle.

The Grail Story appeared when the old order was breaking down, and we live in that sort of time now and we think it will help us. It is a koan story in which impossible problems must be solved.

—John Tarrant

Join us for an exploration of the great way of Zen—koans, stories, meditation and dreams. We’re looking forward to it, and there are limited numbers, so if you want to come, sign up soon. Join us at Beautiful Bolinas.

—John, Allison, & Tess


What Is An Open Mind Retreat?

John Tarrant, Allison Atwill, and Tess Beasley will lead this retreat with a group of twenty-five participants or fewer. There is usually a mix of experienced meditators and complete beginners. We sit in a circle and meditate until it’s time to listen or talk, until it’s time to take a walk and gaze at the ocean, put our faces into the wind and feel our hearts shift in new and unexpected ways.

Pacific Zen Institute’s Open Mind retreats come out of our impulse to make a Zen meditation retreat that is native to American culture. When we take away the barriers to understanding, things just naturally shine.

This is a residential retreat held in a beautiful place on the ocean with a simple feel, and wonderful food.

People find that this retreat has a powerful effect on their lives and understanding of the practice of the inner life and the world of work and personal interaction. It has the deep strength of an intensive meditation retreat inside a form that works for people with different levels of meditation experience. It has a flexible schedule that works well for those who would like to bring a partner or a friend.

No particular background in spiritual practice is required.

Bring a notebook. Also, if you want to paint or draw or play an instrument you can bring your gear.


Member Shared Room (double): $825
Member Single Room: $1025

Non-Member Shared Room (double): $875
Non-Member Single Room: $1075

Commonweal Center, 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA 94924

Dates and Times:
Four Days & Three Nights
Begins Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00 p.m. (dinner at 6, check-in at 5)
Ends Sunday, March 10th at 12:00 p.m.

Member scholarship and retreat-related questions?
Contact Eleanor Silberman

In Bolinas, the grey whales are migrating north with the calves close in, pelicans fly by like royalty, osprey carry fish and hermit thrushes pass through. Foxes are stealing shoes, small badgers are peeping out of holes, the ocean is breaking on Duxbury reef, and the great forces carry us too, as we had hoped.

In the field of meditation we welcome a spring that is larger than our difficulties or fears. There is a joy and renewal. We don’t have to get back into life. We are there already.  —John Tarrant

John Tarrant Roshi taught Zen in a traditional Japanese manner for about 15 years and then developed new ways to teach people who had no previous experience of Zen koans or even of meditation.

John has a Ph.D. in psychology and is the author of Bring Me The Rhinoceros & Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life, and The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul, & the Spiritual Life. He directs Pacific Zen Institute. He has a special interest in leadership and in creativity.


March 7 @ 4:30 pm
March 10 @ 12:00 pm
$825 – $1075
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451 Mesa Road
Bolinas, CA 94924 United States
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