Have mental beasts and crazy wild things been menacing your peace of mind of late? Do you sometimes join those creatures, ready to sink your fangs into leaders, lovers, and innocent bystanders? Have you been gnawing on yourself a bit too?

If so, welcome to the dark forest!  As the nights grow long and the sun arcs toward winter solstice, we’ll explore, as fellow forest creatures, our judgments about ourselves and others.
​The only requirement to participate: Bring what is deeply true for you.  With backpacks filled with meditation, intriguing koans, poetry, inquiry, deep conversation, tea, and gluten-free cookies, you won’t want to miss this journey!

We welcome everyone – new or experienced, for this deep-dive study program with personal access to the teacher. We encourage commitment to the entire series. However, if exceptions come up, please just let us know.

This is a Deep-Dive Study Program – Please Join Us in Community!
This journey is limited to 16 people. Sign up today!

This program will be led by:

Steven Grant – Zen Teacher/Roshi, daytime software designer, cartoonist, cat lover (see one of Steven’s delightful talks on “Peace & Puppets!”)



Cindy Marteney Executive coach, facilitator of leadership learning communities, Enneagram geek & koan salon enthusiast



James Anthony – Attorney, activist, Interchange leader, Circling fan & long-time Zen student



Overview of This New 8-Week Program

  • Meditation & meetings with teacher (2 full days)
  • 3 Private Skype Meetings with teacher (optional)
  • Weekly Koan Explorations
  • Inquiry into Current Beliefs & Personal Narratives
  • Daily Gratitude Practice
  • Dream Journaling
  • Sacred Space Creation
  • Readings, drawings, poetry, music, spontaneous movement exercises
  • Potluck social (in Montclair – address upon registration!)
  • “Groundhog Day” movie night
  • Facebook Group for sharing the journey (private)
  • New friends & bonding as a group on a transformation journey!


Join Us



Rockridge Meditation Community
5463 College Avenue, Oakland, 94618

Dates & Schedule

November 4th (Saturday)
9am-6pm (program) + 6:30pm-9pm (optional social*)

  • Foundational Deep-Dive Day of Meditation
  • Koans to Explore
  • Talks, Break-Out Groups & Personal Inquiry
  • Individual Meetings with Teacher
  • Potluck & Social – “Bonding the Tribe” Dinner*

November 6th–December 18th (Mondays)

  • Koans & assignments announced a week in advance

December 2nd (Saturday)
9 am-6pm (program) + 6:30-9 pm (optional social*)

  • Day of Meditation
  • Koans to Explore
  • Talks, Break-Out Groups & Personal Inquiry
  • Individual Meetings with Teacher
  • Movie Night Social – “Bonding the Tribe” Dinner*

Fees & Registration

  • Updated all inclusive $295. Note: Under 35 rate for those new to Zen is $225. Scholarships available

  • Program limited to 16 people. Sign up today!


Join Us



Contact Corey Hitchcock with any questions about registration or scholarships at:
admin@pacificzen.org (or 510-524-9575).

Write to Cindy Marteney with any questions about the program itself at cindy@themarteneygroup.com.

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