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yoga at Great Tree Zen
Welcome to Great Tree Zen Women's Temple

We are located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville North Carolina. Rev. Teijo Munnich, our founder, began to envision the establishment of a residential center for women in 1983. Since that time the vision has expanded and broadened. The name “Great Tree” implies a tree that reaches in many directions and nourishes all beings.

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About Our Temple

The primary purpose of Great Tree Temple is to provide opportunities to enter more deeply into the practice of self-reflection in order to learn to live in peace and harmony with all beings.


Great Tree at times offers short-term residency to women only.  Residency at Great Tree means participating fully in our daily schedule which includes meditation, work practice and study. 

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Disciple and Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Rev. Teijo Munnich studied with him from 1975 until his death in 1990.

Our Teacher

Upcoming Events

Saturday Lecture Series  >>

Special Events Registration

In-person events will be indicated  on the Calendar and participants must RSVP or register. You will be redirected to Bookwhen. our booking app.

Visit our Ongoing Schedule to view the Calendar page or Special Events for the complete, monthly and weekly events information. 


Visit our YouTube channel for recorded teachings and events.


Visiting Great Tree

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Winter Newsletter

Being of Service is Practice

Learn about opportunities to serve at the Temple and ways to support through giving.

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