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A Zen Meditation Retreat with Ed Brown
Thursday, September 26 to Sunday, September 29


a weekend of good food, Good nature, meditation and qi gong

Get deep and laugh at life with the experienced author, chef, and meditation expert Ed Brown.

For those of you who have never meditated you’ll fall in love with it.

For experienced practitioners, you’ll gain a fresh perspective.


Author. Poet. Zen Teacher. Ed has a dry sense of humor to complement his 50 years of teaching meditation. We are pleased to invite you to attend an invigorating weekend on the Land to reset with one of our favorite teachers.


The schedule

  • 6 am to Noon: Sitting meditation, Qi Gong and perhaps some chanting (and breakfast)

  • 1 t0 2 pm: Delicious farm-to-table lunch prepared by our chef

  • 2 - 5 pm: Free with possible assignments or meetings with Ed

  • 6:30 pm: Gourmet dinner with Ed


the experience

This is not about having the experience  you’d like to be having, should be having,  shouldn’t be having, having the experience that will receive approval or rejection for having or not having.

Rather it is awakening to the mind and body of today. It is realizing this body, this mind now.

Not that your reality is the truth. Simply that it is yours.  For better or worse, in sickness and in health.

It’s what you observe, what you feel, what you think, what you want.

It’s being the mother you never had whom you always wanted; being the father you never had whom you always wanted.



A Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, in 1971, Brown studied under Shunryu Suzuki, who gave him the Dharma name Jusan Kainei ("Longevity Mountain, Peaceful Sea"). He edited Suzuki's book Not Always So in 2002 after Suzuki's death in 1971.

Brown helped to found Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. He and founding chef Deborah Madison wrote The Greens Cookbook in 1987. 

He wrote The Tassajara Bread Book in 1970 with a $100 advance from the publisher. As of 2003, 750,000 copies were in print, with 3,000 copies still selling every year. From the mid-1960s to the mid-'80s, Brown lived, cooked, taught or was a manager at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and the San Francisco Zen Center.



Ready to sign up?

Select from a list of beautiful accommodation options below, both single and shared housing. Taxes included.
Please note: Prices are inclusive of course fee plus three days and two nights of lodging and food.


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