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      Women In Zen

3-Day Meditation / Exploration In-Person Retreat
Salt Lake City, Wasatch Conference Center (ECC)
Sunday June 4 -Tuesday June 6, 2023

Immediately after the 7-Day Mahayana Sesshin, May 28 - June 3

* Limited to 10 participants. Open to all women in the Four-Year Four Yana program and the One-Year Big Mind Zen Program. Open to others as space permits. *

Over the past year, we four teachers -- Seien, Shozen, Jigen and Mushin -- have been engaged in a process of deep listening, uncovering layers of conditioning and exploring our experience of what it means to be an awakened woman. We have been looking at what becomes possible when we fearlessly gather and free ourselves from preconceived ideas of who we are and why we are here.

We enter this retreat guided by several key principles:

  • As women gathering in silence, we sink into the ocean of pure awareness and allow for a true expression of ourselves to emerge.
  • By listening to each other’s direct experience, we create a shared space that empowers all, free of judgment, comparison and competition.
  • Through deep listening, we merge into an awakened field of consciousness that dissolves the paradox of the one and the many, and gives voice to an authentic representation of the one Body/Mind.  

Our goal:
We seek to explore what it means to be women in the patriarchal Zen tradition, and how we have been taught and culturally conditioned to work against one another. Instead of turning away from these deeply rooted patterns, we bring them into the shared space as an opportunity for each of us to awaken. Through this practice, we bring forth our innate wisdom, strength and clarity, so that we may freely and honestly express ourselves.

Mary Ellen Seien Sloan Sensei
Lynn Shozen Holbrook Sensei
Charlotte Jigen Juul Hoshi
Alexandra Mushin Gericke Sensei

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Schedule:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with periods of discussion and sitting.  Details to be announced.

Location: The Wasatch Conference Center (Episcopal Conference Center) in the heart of the city, where many Kanzeon/Big Mind events have been held in the past.  Address: 200 East 75 South, SLC, UT 84101

The ECC offers convenient and economical lodging in the center itself, as well as a kitchen and dining area for lodgers, but guest room spaces are limited.  To see details or book a reservation, click here:

For more information about this event, contact Mary Ellen.

For questions about registration and payment, contact Bruce or phone 801-244-4940.                                   

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