Upcoming Events

Monthly Newsletter: Looking Ahead

Virtual Zazen: September 1, 2018 9:00AM CST

Join us for our monthly virtual zazen (seated meditation) on the first Saturday of the month. Sit begins promptly at 9:00AM CST and lasts 45 minutes. Please log in ten minutes early to set up your laptop or computer.

 

Intro to Zen Meditation: Mondays, September 10- October 15

This class is for… beginners who want to learn the basics of sitting meditation and experienced meditators who want to learn techniques to deepen their practice. Each class focuses on exercises to help you sit more comfortably and practice doing seated and walking meditation.

Instructors: Adrienne Hampton, M.D. is an integrative family physician who studies Zen with Roshi Kenneth Kushner. Adrienne is an instructor in the International Zen Dojo of Wisconsin and leads wellness workshops for healthcare professionals. Rebecca Ryan is a futurist and economist who studies Zen with Roshi Ginny Whitelaw. Rebecca is chairwoman and faculty member of the Institute for Zen Leadership and an instructor in the International Zen Dojo of Wisconsin

When: Mondays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15

Where: Goodman Community Center 149 Waubesa St., Madison WI 53704

Time: 7-9 pm

Other: Cushions are provided. Suggested donation of $25 for the course to International Zen Dojo of Wisconsin. Ready? Email zenwisconsin@gmail.com to reserve your cushion and learn more.

Fall Sesshin: September 27-30, 2018

Sesshin is the Japanese word for a period of intensive training in Zen, sometimes for three days, sometimes for six. We hold four sesshin each year, following many of the traditional forms that have evolved over many centuries to foster the efficiency of your efforts. Contact Gordon

 

Virtual Zazen: October 6, 2018  9:00 AM CST

Join us for our monthly virtual zazen (seated meditation) on the first Saturday of the month. Sit begins promptly at 9:00AM CST and lasts 45 minutes. Please log in ten minutes early to set up your laptop or computer.

 

SomaticZen Intensive: Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 2018

SomaticZen is a Zen intensive designed to explore, deepen, and broaden our embodiment of seated meditation (zazen). In between periods of zazen, we will use traditional Chozen-ji Zen embodiment practices like tai chi and vocal resonance along with Somatics, Yin Yoga, and TRE as means to realize deeper and more nuanced experiences of our mind, body, and breath. The program will follow a rigorous silent Zen intensive format with little extra sleep or downtime.

Admission to the program begins with a short phone or Skype consultation with Alex or Ellen (by 10/15) to determine that the program is a good fit for the applicant. Plan to wear solid-colored clothes suitable for movement (no shorts or tank tops).

SomaticZen will be led by Alex Greene, Zen priest, bodywork and somatic therapist, and Ellen McKenzie, E-500 RYT, Yoga Director at The Yoga Sangha.

For more information and to register, contact:
alex@redbeardbodywork.com
or
ellen@theyogasangha.net

$650 (tax-deductible donation)

Past Events

SomaticZen Mini Intensive: August 10-12, 2018

This is a Zen mini-intensive designed to explore, deepen, and broaden our embodiment of seated meditation (zazen). In between periods of zazen, we will use traditional Chozen-ji Zen embodiment practices like tai chi and vocal resonance along with Somatics and Yin Yoga as means to realize deeper and more nuanced experiences of our mind, body, and breath. The program will follow a rigorous Zen intensive format with little extra sleep, talking, or downtime.

Admission to the program begins with a short phone or Skype consultation with Alex or Ellen (by July 27) to determine that the program is a good fit for the applicant. Plan to wear solid-colored clothes suitable for movement (no shorts or tank tops).

SomaticZen will be led by Alex Greene, Zen priest, bodywork and somatic therapist, and Ellen McKenzie, E-500 RYT, Yoga Director at The Yoga Sangha.

For more information and to register, contact:
alex@redbeardbodywork.com
or
ellen@theyogasangha.net

$250 (tax-deductible donation)

SummerZen June 18-24, 2018

SummerZen 2016 Canoe TripParticipants ages 15 to 18 years of age are welcome to come to Spring Green Dojo and discover what Zen training can do for their life. During this week-long program, they’ll learn where they’re going, how to cultivate practical skills through physical tasks, and work on the local Savanna Project. They will practice daily meditation, Tai Chi, and will enjoy an expedition set amidst a stunning natural environment. Contact Scott Kiel for more information.

SomaticZen: May 3-8, 2018

SomaticZen is a 6-day Zen intensive designed to explore, deepen, and broaden our embodiment of seated meditation (zazen). In between periods of zazen, we will use traditional Chozen-ji embodiment practices like tai chi and vocal resonance along with contemporary somatic and embodiment techniques such as TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises), Yin Yoga, and somatic movement practices as means to go deeper into our sitting. The program will follow a rigorous Zen intensive format with little sleep, little talking, and little downtime.

Open to intermediate level Zen or equivalent sitting style practitioners. Admission to the program begins with a short phone or Skype consultation with Alex to determine that the program is a good fit for the applicant. Martial arts gi or loose yoga clothes required.

$200 suggested donation to cover lodging and food.

To learn more and to register, contact Alex Greene at alex@redbeardbodywork.com.

CeramicZen: April 27-29, 2018

We are developing a variety of programs for people who want to train in Zen through ceramics. Both beginners and those who already have experience in ceramics will be welcome. The schedule for that weekend will include training in Zen meditation, training in use of the hara (the center of gravity for a properly relaxed body), as well as throwing clay Contact Scott Kiel for more information.

A Buddhism of Breath & Bone

This three-part series of conversations with Zen Priests from Spring Green Dojo, will cover Zen as it relates to Art, Breath, and Soma. A Buddhism of Breath & Bone is meant to be a gathering where we can share experiences in a public but informal way. Conversations will be held Discovery Building and are open to the public.

January 25, 2018- Art

February 27, 2018- Breath

March 22, 2018- Soma

 

 

 

 

Winter Sesshin: January 8-14, 2018

Sesshin is the Japanese word for a period of intensive training in Zen, sometimes for three days, sometimes for six. We hold four sesshin each year, following many of the traditional forms that have evolved over many centuries to foster the efficiency of your efforts. Contact Gordon Greene for more information.
Spring Sesshin: March 29-April 1, 2018
Summer Sesshin: May 28-June 3, 2018

Kickstarter: Wood-Fired Ceramics Kiln

Wood-fired ceramics have been a part of our lineage of Zen training for almost fifty years. Our dojo in Spring Green is surrounded by eighty acres of hardwood trees, so we have the space and the firewood for several firings each year. The creation and firing of ceramics is considered an intense pathway into Zen training with a number of benefits.

This Kickstarter Campaign helped us raise $15,436. Thank you to all of our generous donors!

On Oct. 29 from 7-8:30 pm our three Rinzai Zen roshis, Greene Roshi, Kushner Roshi, and Whitelaw Roshi appeared LIVE in person together at First Unitarian Society in Madison.