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.

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.  
Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm – Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
Monthly sesshin led by Rev. Chimyo Atkinson
Jul 9 @ 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 welcome. (This event has been rescheduled from April).  
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Great Tree Zen Temple
This two-hour workshop will focus on the Joint-Freeing Yoga series of movements, which was developed by Mukunda Stiles. The series is designed to “move each joint gently and systematically through its full and natural range of motion…[to] enhance joint mobility and…relieve joint pain and stiffness.” It will be a very gentle and relaxing practice.
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 $65 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.  

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