The valley is a place to rest and to discover again who you are.  You climb mountains and strive for achievements, and that’s fine, but when you enter here, every moment is complete and the presence of here spreads out through your life.

That power, the spirit of the valley is eternal and inexhaustible. It’s for you. And you don’t even have to notice, although it’s easy to see: the way the trail reaches up to meet your feet when you take a walk, the way the trees embrace the air, the sense of aliveness and deep solace you feel when you breathe and let your gaze wander. Beauty catches you off guard.

The Daodejing calls this the valley spirit. We are reaching out for wholeness but we already have wholeness, even in the reaching. 

The power of the valley never dies.
It’s called the Mother-Deep.
The gate of the Mother-Deep
is the root of earth and sky,
gossamer like silk, always here unseen,
use it; it will never leave you.

In this retreat we’ll meditate, we’ll rest in the valley that nourishes all things. The quiet soothes and mends, remind us that everything we want is already here. 

  • John Tarrant & Rachel Boughton

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This is a two day retreat with John Tarrant Roshi, and Rachel Boughton Roshi, including meditation, koans, poetry, stories, and conversation. There will be a chance to to ask questions and to make discoveries together. 

This retreat is for anyone, no experience (or lack of experience) of Zen or meditation is needed. Come as you are. It is the Pacific Zen Open Mind style of retreat, with plenty of time for looking into the deepest places and the experience of growing wise together.

Saturday and Sunday May 18-19, 2019  

Saturday 9:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Friday talk, optional – 7:00pm

$225   ($205 for PZI members, You can join!) 

This is the innovative Pacific Zen style retreat in which Zen koans and healing stories are taught in new and helpful ways. No experience of meditation is needed. 

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