Wednesday, August 15, 4:30pm - Sunday, August 19, 3:00pm
a workshop retreat led by Rev. Catherine Gammon
Combining a relaxed meditation schedule and teachings from the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this late-summer retreat is designed to encourage intimate and creative study of the mind and provide the opportunity to immerse yourself in the restorative beauty of Green Gulch.
Engaging playfully with language as an opportunity to receive, express, study, and reveal our own presently arising body and mind, we will write together from prompts, and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative and emotional insight rather than craft or editorial critique. Our time together will be intimate and playful, and will offer everyone opportunities for participation and discussion.
Our daily schedule will include meditation, dharma teaching, writing and group discussion, as well as free time for rest, reading, and walking in the farm and garden, to nearby Muir Beach, and in the surrounding hills.
The work we do together is appropriate for participants at any level of writing experience. Our time is structured to include informal periods of reflection and formal periods of silent meditation as practiced in the Zen tradition. Meditation instruction will be offered as needed.
Fees Including accommodations
$745 single; $715 SFZC member; $685 limited income
$715 shared; $685 SFZC member; $655 limited income Commuters
$375; $345 SFZC member; $315 limited income. Includes lunch and dinner, from Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch.
Limited scholarships also are available. See link below to inquire. To Register:
Call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362. About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer, writing teacher, and Soto Zen priest. Catherine’s novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published in 1991. Her shorter fiction has appeared in many literary journals, and she recently published Beauty and the Beast, a collection of early stories from the 1970s. From 1992-2000, Catherine taught in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.