Meditating with Zen Stories and Myths: A Workshop with John Tarrant

November 9-10, 2019
California Institute for Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA

You might be sitting on a hillside in Summer, or tumbling in a car wreck, or being kissed, or hearing a song, when suddenly everything changes. Making yourself available to this awakening depends on the the freedom that comes from knowing who you really are.

Fall Retreat: The Elegant Path of the Book of Serenity, with John Tarrant & Friends

October 13-20, 2019
Land of Medicine Buddha
Soquel, CA

The Book of Serenity is collection of 100 koans and poems, which was assembled for Yelu Chucai, a minister of Ghenghis Khan. The book was lost in the wars and rewritten and when it finally arrived out on the steppes, the ministers sat up all night in a yurt reading and discussing it.

a colorful sunset on a pond with water droplets creating shimmering ripples

Refuge in Awakening, Shelter from the Storm – A Retreat with Rachel Boughton Roshi

Saturday, September 21, 10am-4pm
Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center
Santa Rosa, CA

The ultimate safe harbor is inside my mind, always available, always here. 

Ancestor Retreat with Allison Atwill

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Private Home
Santa Barbara, CA

In this retreat we will invite our Ancestors, in the largest sense, to join us and let us know where they have been traveling this past year. We all have ancestors whom we might want to come to terms with, or forgive or celebrate or ask a blessing of.

A colorful Oaxacan Day of the Dead Altar. Public domain.

Days of the Living – Rachel Boughton in Oaxaca

November 8-10, 2019
Paraje Bonanza
cerca de Ejutla de Crespo , Oaxaca, Mexico

Life keeps throwing us into darkness, the unknown, the unforeseen. Things are lost for a time, we fetch around in the dark and feel our way in a world without defined edges. This can even be a blessing. And then something tells us it’s time to come back into the light. How do we get found? That’s a meditation question.

Doorways in the Jahaz Majal by McKay Savage

Conversations with the Masters: John Tarrant in Santa Fe

November 14-17, 2019
IHM Retreat Center
Santa Fe, NM

When you walk through the gate, you meet the old masters. They were ancestors and adventurers who explored consciousness and handed down a tradition of freedom. You see these old men and women face to face or even more, see with their eyes, know for yourself the way they moved in the world. You can learn a different way of listening to your life, and even the dark bits of life become luminous.

About our Retreats

All things return to the one. What does the one return to?
- Zen koan

Learn more about the different styles of retreat offered by PZI. Silence, companionship, creativity, ordinary mind: they’re all here.

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