Ways We Practice

We offer monthly three-hour koan salons, half-day retreats, and introductions to koan meditation.

Koan Salons

In koan salon we meditate on a new koan at each meeting. There are two 30-minute periods followed by sharing and discussion. In the middle, a tea break and plenty of time to slow things down and allow for the unexpected. Sometimes we do a koan exercise. We always learn from each others’ insights and enjoy the thread this practice weaves through our daily lives.

Half-day Retreats

Jenny has experimented with different ways of combining extended silence with a koan. Currently there are half-day retreats on the calendar. When a half-day retreat is on a Saturday, it meets from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM; when on a Sunday, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Jenny offers a short koan and, after a few 25-minute periods of meditation alternating with 5-10 minutes of walking meditation, there is a brief time for comments before a break for tea. If weather permits, walking meditation is done in the garden, just outside the zendo.

Introductions to koan meditation

These 90-minute sessions consist of short periods of meditation with instruction if needed. Jenny repeats a koan several times and explains how to meditate with a koan. Between meditation periods there is sharing and conversation about the experience in the moment. Hearing oneself and others speak can become a doorway to further discoveries. Introductions can have a disarming effect for anyone new to meditation or new to koan practice. They are also a great way to get to know each other in a smaller group. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. By the end of the afternoon one has a sense of having been on a journey. Many people report that the koan follows them home and pops up in mysterious and unexpected ways. Sometimes previously difficult situations become easier to navigate.

Supporting the Practice

All meditation events are by donation. No one is turned away for lack of funds! Please visit Our Community page for more information on how we intend to support our practice.