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Governance –
The Practice of Mindful Leadership

Our Board of Directors 

  • Jan Blodgett

  • Sarah McCarthy

  • Wendy Nufer

  • Jennifer Neighbors

  • David Stopp


Rev. Teijo Munnich, Abbess

Ruthanne Kah, Office manager


Vision Statement: The Dream 


Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple offers Soto Zen Buddhist teachings and practice for all in an environment that welcomes diversity and fosters a spiritual community based on mutual respect.


Mission: The Path

  • Create a space for Soto Zen Practice  

  • Provide residential practice for women 

  • Encourage community and family participation

  • Cultivate physical well-being and spiritual growth

The Great Tree Board of Directors members are elected by the membership in September of each year. Currently the executive committee meets monthly and the full board meets quarterly.


Sangha members are defined by our By-laws as individuals who donate funds, pledge, volunteer, participate in practice or provide in-kind gifts of goods or services.

If you elect to join we add your name to our mailing list to receive our newsletter, email updates and invitations as well as other important mail. You can unsubscribe at any time. Please keep us informed of any change of address. Sangha members are welcome  and encouraged to attend board and committee meetings. We send out annual ballots in accordance to our by-laws. Board applicants may apply at any time, and we welcome volunteers on committees.


Anyone interested in supporting  Great Tree is welcome to attend board meetings. However, if you are interested in serving on a committee or on the board please contact us.

We welcome consulting Sangha members to share their experience, creativity and problem solving. Do you have skills you wish to share or explore?

The full board meets four times per year, with planning and committee meetings monthly.

Please call to confirm the time and location of our next meeting. 828-645-2085.






Soto Zen Buddhist Assoc. - North America

WNC Community Foundation

Great Tree Zen Womens Temple is a registered 501c3 religious organization.

Donations and gifts are deductible as allowed by law. 

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