Rachel Boughton, Roshi is the director of Flower Mountain Zen and former director of the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center. In her early life, her love of books like The Lord of the Rings pointed towards a life that was full of unexpected adventure. As a teenager she discovered meditation, which turned out to be an amazing adventure that she could have in the midst of her life (even though she’s not a hobbit). And that’s the spirit in which she likes to pass it along. Rachel became a Roshi (senior teacher) in 2015 in the Pacific Zen School.
Rachel is an artist (sculpture, drawing) and a mother of two grown children. She studied philosophy, feminism, theatre, and electronic music composition in France, and at Oberlin College, Stanford University, Mills College, and the University of Washington. After a long hiatus from higher education, she is now a training candidate at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She is interested in the way the experience of transformation is understood in both Jungian psychology and Zen koan work.
Rachel works with people individually by email or phone; if you would like to have a conversation, feel free to contact her.