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The Wisdom of Desire: An Anusara Yoga and Zen Retreat

Friday, June 17, 4pm - Sunday, June 19, 12pm
with Darcy Lyon and Zenshin Greg Fain

What is the role of desire in our life and practice? In many classical traditions, this bright expression of ardor was thought to be a cause of suffering to be transcended. However, Western psychology, Zen, and Anusara Yoga all teach that there is a deep wisdom in the heart's longings which we can actively and consciously use to serve our own awakening. Drawing from the cosmology of Kashmir Shaivism and the philosophical roots of Zen, we will use asana, discussion, and meditation to explore and refine our understanding of the river of desire and its many currents.

Overnight accommodations and vegetarian meals are available by reservation.

Please note: If you participate in the retreat but are not staying overnight, a donation of $8-$10 per meal is requested.

Fees: $170; $153 current SFZC members.

Registration: Call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.

Call the Green Gulch Front Office at 415.383.3134 for:

  • Inquiries about scholarships and Zen Center resident student and staff discounts
  • Questions about practicing at Green Gulch Farm
  • General information about Green Gulch Farm, see: About Us


Darcy Lyon
is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor and a Marriage and Family Therapist intern. Reflecting an exuberant playfulness, her classes are based in Anusara's Principles of Alignment, which support body, mind and heart to live with deep strength, wisdom and ease.

Web site and video on Darcy's book The Wisdom of Desire.


Zenshin Greg Fain
was ordained by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2002, and was Shuso (head monk) at Tassajara in spring 2005. Greg is married and currently serves as Tanto (head of practice) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.