Events

♦ Upcoming Special Events♦

Below is a calendar listing of our special events and retreats only.  See our calendar page for a full list of daily and monthly activities.

You can click on the event below or go directly to Book Online our online events registration application for registration or RSVP information.  Registration for most events opens 3 months prior to the event.  If you do not see the event you are looking for listed, call us at 828-645-2085 for more information.

Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
If you are new to Zen practice or want to learn more about Soto Zen tradition as practiced at Great Tree this is an opportunity to experience the 3 pillars of meditation, study and work practice.
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
A special Zen retreat for men only led by Rev. Shugen Chris Sheehey and Foster Shugan de la Houssaye.  Silent mediation periods, gentle yoga and the opportunity to share in a council of men. 
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm Great Tree
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich and Autumn Woodward For ages 12-15.  Teens are encouraged to embrace and explore their spiritual selves through deep listening, sharing, creative activities and discussion.
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Learn therapeutic yoga applications to help manage chronic disease and daily stress.
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
An exploration of Thoreau’s legacy with periods of meditation, observation of nature and select readings led by Randal Daigu Pride.
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 2 @ 11:30 am Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich.  Traditional monthly Soto Zen sesshin.  Exploring the bodhisattva precepts.
Apr 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Celebrating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha and the coming of spring.  We decorate the altars with spring blooms, bathe a statue of the baby Buddah and enjoy a potluck meal together.  Fun for all family members.  
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Master of the Ichiyo school of ikebana Norma Bradley.  A long-time student of Thich Nhat Hanh, Norma will guide the class in meditation and the art of traditional Japanese flower arrangement.  Young people are welcome.
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – May 9 @ 11:30 am Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich
May 18 – May 21 all-day Southern Dharma Retreat Center
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich and Meredith Myoun McIntosh.  Zen meditation and instruction in Alexander Technique.  For more information see the Southern Dharma Retreat Center website.
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 11:30 am Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by Rev. Teijo Munnich.  What is meant by “emptiness” (sunyata)?  How is this teaching relevant in the 21st century?
Jun 12 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
For children ages 7 and older.  This retreat includes meditation, chanting, working  and playing together.  Children will have the opportunity to learn to participate in temple ritual, serve formal tea and other forms of gentle meditation practice.  Arts & crafts, outdoor play, nature and friendship.  

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