Discover your innermost

Tuesday, October 22 to Sunday October 27, 2019
A Retreat with Edward Espe Brown | Part 2 of a 2-part series


Ed Espe Brown has been teaching meditation for 50 years. In this retreat, you'll deepen your meditation practice and discover YOUR Innermost. Part comedian, part Zen Master, his teaching gives relatable reflections on life in the real world.  We are pleased to invite you to attend a weekend of deep immersion with this master.

You’ll be spending time on the Land, an incredible retreat property crafted with love. You’ll eat exquisite chef-prepared meals, get to wander our vast garden, connect with our lovely goats, cows, and birds, gape at the towering redwoods, and much more.

People say that when you walk onto the property you instantly feel restored and more like yourself. We would call that listening to your Innermost and living from your Innermost.






ABOUT Edward espe brown

A Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, in 1971, Brown was ordained as a Zen priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, 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.




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We will have a fixed schedule from six am through lunch, including some writing practice with prompts.

In the afternoons we will have No-Performance Speaking groups led by Margot Koch (six to eight people per session.) The formula for the no speaking groups is simple. Give voice to whatever is on your mind, quiet your judgment, and listen. Being truly heard on the outside allows for an essential feeling of being whole on the inside. There will also be time off for rest or activity of your choosing.

The schedule will include seated meditation, qi gong, walking meditation, perhaps some chanting.

Please arrive Tuesday between 3-5pm to check in and settle into your rooms before dinner at 6pm. The retreat ends after lunch circa 2pm.

Discovering what is innermost includes giving voice to what has been silenced, abandoned, shamed.

We can see and be seen, face to face, mind to mind, body to body.

What arises when the content is not to be reviewed and evaluated?  When the words are not to be held against you?

Sample Schedule (Subject to change)

7 Ed-Gong Gentle Movement - (Ed’s version of Qi Gong)
7:30 sitting meditation
8:30 Breakfast with prayer at the beginning
9 Seva - (Optional activity to help out with various Land tasks like taking care of the animals, working in the kitchen, or getting flowers for our lodge arrangements)
10 Break Time
10:30 Twenty minute meditation + Dharma Talk + another short meditation
11:30 Walking meditation

12 Break
12:30 Lunch
1:10 Seva
1:40 Break
3:30 Working with Margot Koch in small groups

5:00 Break
6:00 Dinner
6:40 Seva
8 - 9 Meditation + Dharma Talk



Look below for a variety of single and shared housing options. Taxes included.
Click to choose your housing option and you will be taken to the registration page.

Please note: Prices are inclusive of course fee, lodging and food.


Please reach out! Through chat or (707) 485-3117. We look forward to speaking with you.