Northern California Teen's Retreat

Black Mountain Retreat Center (map)


Do you know a teen that could benefit from meditation? If so, this a very good retreat designed just for them.  It is really important that young people be supported to practice meditation and healthy relationship skills. When teens learn this practice, they also learn to know themselves. In this way, a generation of wiser and more compassionate human beings is made possible. Please spread the word !!! 

 Come unplug and tune in! Participants on our retreats learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind – the foundations for success in all areas of life. We spend time each day learning mindfulness meditation — a scientifically proven practice that builds emotional resilience, inner strength and well being.

Teens also participate in small group discussions, yoga and creative workshops – including arts, nature, and mindful sports activities. And there’s lots of free time to connect with new friends in a safe and accepting space. Many hesitant teens walk away saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

This retreat welcomes teens from all racial/ethnic groups, sex and gender identities, abilities, and religions. Mindfulness creates a foundation for conversations that support understanding and deepen our connection to one another.

Fall Practice Period

Upaya Zen Center (map)


I will co-teaching with Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fisher, Come to join us for 3 weeks of Zen practice in Upaya Zen Center  for Practice Period (Ango or “peaceful dwelling”) is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

During a Practice Period, Upaya residents intensify their daily practice by sitting zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly Zazenkais, and sitting a Sesshin (5-7 full days of intensive meditation retreat) at the end of Practice Period.

We will explore the teaching of the Chinese Zen Master Hui Neng, the 6th ancestor, lived and taught in 7th-8th century China. His important work, the Platform Sutra, has been foundational in the Zen tradition. Reading the Platform Sutra together and studying the life and times of the 6th patriarch we will examine how these teachings remain pivotal in our understanding of Zen and support our journey on the Zen Path.