2017 Men’s Retreat
March 4-5, begins 9 am on Saturday and ends at 12pm on Sunday
For men only.
This retreat is an opportunity for us men to “go quiet” in a safe environment, in the company of other men. We all have busy lives, with lots of inputs. This time will allow us to go inside, away from the distractions of our daily lives, and experience that which is underneath.
We will have periods of silent meditation, gentle yoga, meals in silence with wholesome food, and an opportunity to share in a council of men.
The retreat will start at 9 am Saturday and end after lunch on Sunday. Those interested in assisting as stewards are welcome to join us on Friday evening at 7 pm.
Chris Shogen Sheehey has been a student of Rev. Teijo Munnich since 1997. He took bodhisattva vows with Teijo in 2001 and monk vows in 2013. He has lived in Paris France since 2005 where he sits and does sesshin with teachers in the lineages of Deshimaru and Maezumi. He has also done sesshin with Rev. Shohaku Okamura. Chris began meditation at age 16 when he was introduced to several forms of meditation including Ignation prayer as a student in an all-male Jesuit high school. Chris was first exposed to zen Buddhism when he lived in Japan in 1987 and traveled in southeast asia in 1988. He began searching for a zen teacher in 1991 and began sitting with the Charlotte Zen Meditation Society in 1996 where he met Teijo.
Foster de la Houssaye began his Zen practice in 2001. He took the precepts in a Jukai ceremony at Great Tree Zen Temple in 2006 and served on the Board of Directors of Great Tree from 2006 to 2008. He has also been a lifelong practitioner of yoga and has taught for the past 10 years. In 2014 he graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and is in the process of starting a healing practice in Asheville. He has also been very active in men’s groups over the past 30 years. In July, 2015 he served on the staff of the Men’s Intensive weeklong retreat for the Hero’s Journey in West Virginia.