♦ 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.

Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
This workshop will provide basic instruction on some common forms of prayer and meditation to enable participants in 12-step programs to access the 11th step.  A light lunch will be provided. The $25 donation is suggested.  No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm walnut Island River Park
Our annual celebration in the park for the Great Tree Sangha.  Bring your best potluck dish or snacks, a blanket, some bug spray and a friend or two.  
Sep 3 @ 10:30 am Great Tree Zen Temple
Our anniversary celebration and annual meeting of the sangha.   Anniversary ceremony led by Rev. Teijo Munnich, potluck brunch.  Everyone is welcome to come meet the sangha, our resident priests and the board of directors.  RSVP at
Oct 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Led by a 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 especially welcome.
Oct 6 @ 2:29 pm – Oct 8 @ 3:29 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Traditional Zen practice and Alexander Technique with Rev. Teijo Munnich and Meredith Myoun McIntosh.
Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 22 @ 11:30 am Great Tree
A special retreat for women only.  Our focus is simplicity; meditation, yoga, healthy meals and  dharma discussion.  This year’s theme:  No Self, No Other:  Living With Compassion and Wisdom.    Open to women ages 16 and older. Under age 18 must have parent’s permission to attend. Register at
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Traditional Soto Zen sesshin led by Rev. Chimyo Atkinson.  
Dec 1 @ 5:10 pm – Dec 7 @ 6:10 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
7-day sesshin commemorating Buddha’s Enlightenment led by Rev. Teijo Munnich.
Dec 9 all-day To Be Announced
Annual end of year celebration and fundraiser.
Dec 10 all-day To Be Announced
Annual end of year celebration and fundraiser.
Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple

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