Yearlong Retreat

"In this way, I do most deeply vow to train myself." — Daily Recollection
When we recite these words before the first sit of the day, we are affirming a commitment to a way of life focused on Practice. As elite athletes of Awareness Practice, we acknowledge that we are in training. We practice turning the attention away from the voices of egocentric karmic conditioning/self-hate to being here, now, in this present moment. What is the experience of living in the moment? In the coming year, we get to explore together as a Sangha how to train to live in thisherenow, in each moment. 

Join us for a free video workshop with Cheri to kick off our 2015 practice focus. The practice theme for the year is "Training to Live in ThisHereNow."

January 18 - Register

The Visiting Monk Program
Deepen your practice and train as a monk in the Visiting Monk Program at the Monastery. This program is our most advanced and challenging training opportunity. It is recommended only for those who are steeped in practice and have participated in all of the training opportunities that the Monastery offers--retreats, workshops, email classes, etc. It is offered on a month by month basis throughout the year. Email us at if you are interested in this program. There are prerequisites for this training.
There Is Nothing Wrong With You
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.

June 13-20 - Zen Monastery Peace Center
July 24-31 - North Carolina
August 15-22 (TBD)
  In This Way I Do Most Deeply Vow to Train Myself Retreat
This new offering will focus on the importance of training in spiritual practice and will have all the elements we traditionally offer and more, including great food, fabulous location, and guidance with Cheri.

April 21-25, North Carolina
July 6-10, Zen Monastery Peace Center
Aug 31 - September 4, Pennsylvania 
Taking Practice to Sangha
Cheri and senior monks will be facilitating workshops around the country. Don’t miss a workshop in your neighborhood.

Workshop with Cheri in Harrisburg, PA - August 30
Your Practice (Visiting Monk training)
This retreat is a pre-requisite for anyone interested in becoming a Visiting Monk.

May 2-9
Precepts Retreat (a Monastery retreat)
This retreat is reserved for those who have been practicing with our Sangha for some time and wish to deepen their practice by accepting the Precepts as the central focus of life. We will explore how the Precepts help us align with the deepest desires of our heart and to experience compassion, acceptance, and freedom.

October 7-14
2015 New Year's Retreat in Menlo Park, California
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
Reflective Listening Buddies Program
This program offers the opportunity to connect with a participant in another part of the country (or another country) weekly for 30 minutes of practice support.

January 15 - April 14 - Register     April 15 - July 14    
July 15 - September 14     October 15 - January 14
Email Classes
Email classes are a perfect opportunity to deeply explore an aspect of practice. Assignments on the topic of the class are emailed twice weekly. You then work on the exercises, send in what you see, and receive guidance. Exchanges are posted anonymously so all participants can benefit from what Sangha is seeing and the Guide is offering in response.
February 3-27 (Yearlong)    May 15 - June 9     July 31 - August 25    October 30 - November 23
Guidance Days
Guidance Day offers an opportunity to schedule a phone guidance session with a monk or senior practitioner. 

January 10     December 19
Stop Drop and Text
We often say "how you do anything is how you do everything." Through sending text messages, Stop, Drop & Text encourages mindfulness of "how you do" daily life.

January 19-February 14     March 9-April 4     April 27-May 23    June 8-July 4
July 28-August 22     September 15-October 10     November 2-28     December 14-26



Mark Your Calendar!
15th Annual Golden Gate Bridge Walk in San Francisco - celebrating the Project.

October 3, 2015


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