October 12, 2013
1 - 4 pm
with Erin Merk
Located at ZaZEN, 2219 Filbert Street, San Francisco view map
Settle into the deepness of the autumn season in this healing afternoon retreat combining the nourishing practice of restorative yoga with the gentle, upright presence of Zen meditation.
The transition from summer to autumn can be unsettling for the nervous system, with new beginnings and increased demands in the midst diminishing sunlight and cooler temperatures. Inviting the mind to realign with our present experience of body and breath, we will explore a variety of gentle movement sequences and supported postures to encourage relaxed and supple tissues, effortless breath, awakened spine, and deep rest for the nervous system. From the ground of relaxed body-mind, we will transition into seated meditation practice during the second half of our retreat, learning to use props effectively to support a balanced and vibrant posture. Our retreat will finish with tea and encouragement towards maintaining balance as we return to the fullness of our daily lives and prepare ourselves for the darker seasons.
Workshop sliding scale
Price includes one free week of yoga at Zazen.
Supporter contribution $40
Member contribution $35
Sustaining contribution $30
To Register visit zazensf or call 415.806.6899
A San Francisco Zen Center program offered in partnership with ZaZEN Filbert Street
Erin Merk is a Zen priest and teacher of yoga. She received priest ordination from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005, and served as “head student” at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2012. Erin first came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1999, following her graduation from Stanford University’s Teacher Education Program. After two weeks as a work study participant at Tassajara, she fell in love with Zen practice and put her teaching career on hold to explore monastic practice.
Erin has lived and practiced at City Center, Tassajara, Green Gulch Farm, and No Abode, spending much of her time chopping vegetables and washing big pots and pans. Since 2006 Erin has been a faculty member at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, directing the school’s Body-Mind Education program and teaching yoga, mindfulness, and health classes to teens. A practicing yogini and yoga teacher for many years, Erin recently graduated from the Advanced Studies Program at Yoga Room Berkeley and earned certification as a Relax and Renew™ trainer from Judith Hanson Lasater. She is currently delighted to be exploring Egoscue™ and Yoga with Patricia Sullivan.