Welcoming 2017 Joyfully: Video Workshop
Yearlong Retreat: Project Joy

As we often say, “Joy is what’s there when you stop doing everything else.” Join Sangha in the practice of projecting Joy. Register now


Reflective Listening Buddies Program

Connect weekly for 30 minutes of practice support with a participant in another part of the country or another country.

January 15 - April 15 - Registration closed     April 15 - July 15    July 15 - October 15    
October 15 - January 15

Email Classes

Email classes are focused on a deep exploration of an aspect of practice. Assignments on the focus of the class are emailed out twice weekly. Participants practice and submit what they see and receive guidance directly from Cheri. Exchanges are posted anonymously so all participants can benefit from what Sangha is seeing and the Guide is offering in response.

January 27 - February 21 - Register     August 1 - 25     October 27 - November 21

Seasons of Joy: Monastery Retreat

Nature is our best mirror for experiencing the Joy of presence. These retreats at the Monastery will assist us to explore “the Joy of presence” through the seasons. Seasonal and delicious food, yoga, guidance with Cheri, working meditation and workshops themed around Project Joy, the focus of the year, are an ideal way to experience the Joy of thisherenow. Don’t miss these delightful practice experiences

March 21 - 26: Spring
May 30 - June 4: Summer
October 3 - 8: Fall

Practice Weekends at the Zen Monastery Peace Center 

These special Practice Weekends are an opportunity to participate in the monastic schedule. From Friday evening group with the Guide to Sunday morning group with the community, participants enjoy support for deepening practice in the peace and beauty of the Monastery. Each weekend will include guidance appointments with Cheri or Ashwini and a practice activity, such as sesshins, hikes, gardening, work projects, yoga or art.

March 31 - April 2     May 5 - 7     June 23 - 25    July 14 - 16    August 18 - 20    
September 22 - 24    November 17 - 19

“Your Practice” at the Zen Monastery Peace Center

This powerful retreat is a great way to deepen your practice. Step away from the pressures of day-to-day living and immerse yourself in a monastic community completely focused on "waking up." The retreat is constructed around working and sitting meditation, Recording and Listening practice, and individualized support with what you choose as your practice focus for your stay. This retreat is a prerequisite for anyone considering being a first-time Visiting Monk. To listen to a recording about the Visiting Monk Program, click here.

April 8 - 15 

There Is Nothing Wrong with You Retreat at the Zen Monastery Peace Center

This is the challenging, joyous, fulfilling, courageous, demanding, loving, kind, and compassionate work of freeing oneself from the ravages of conditioning and self-hate. It is a great first retreat, a prerequisite to many of our other retreats, and well worth repeating -- often.

April 26 - May 3 
June 10 - 17 
July 1 - 8 

Transcending Fear retreat
“If you want to control someone, all you have to do is make them afraid.” – Paul Cohelo

All conditioned humans are limited by fear. Fear is ego. The process of fear is how our life energy is used by ego to maintain the ego. Join Cheri and Ashwini in a powerful experience of transcending the limits of fear. It’s time to break free of the control imposed by egocentric karmic conditioning/self-hate and practice Life’s Joy.

This retreat will include yoga, meditation, guidance with Cheri and delicious food in beautiful surroundings.

May 15 - 20: Flat Rock, North Carolina
September 1 - 6: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

16th Annual Golden Gate Bridge Walk for the Africa Project

Mark your calendars for this very special event when we celebrate our work with children and families in Kantalomba, Zambia.

October 14 - San Francisco, CA

Precepts Renewal at the Zen Monastery Peace Center

If you have accepted the Precepts with Cheri, this is an occasion you don’t want to miss. There will be time for celebration, group discussions, and a special ceremony for renewing our commitment to the Precepts at the heart of the practice. This is a true family reunion for this Sangha, and we invite you to come and celebrate with us.

October 20 - 22

New Year’s Retreat

​There's an adage that states, "How you end one year is how you will spend the next." As Sangha we want to spend each moment practicing conscious compassionate awareness. Welcome in a new year of practice with Sangha.

December 27 - January 1 in Menlo Park, CA


Mark Your Calendar!
16th Annual Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Africa Project.
Mark your calendars for this very special event when we celebrate our work with children and families in Kantalomba, Zambia.
October 14 - San Francisco, CA



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