Circles on the Water: Call to the Forest — Meeting our Women Ancestors

About This Event

A Wilderness Retreat for those who self identify as Women 

In the early poetry of the first Buddhist women, the Therigatha, we read of women going into the forest for a quiet place to turn inward and free their minds. This wilderness excursion will take us into mountains, forests and onto the waters of the Adirondacks’ Lake Lila so that we too quiet down into our naturalness and experience the generosity of this Great Mother Earth. Our trip will allow us to develop the skills of canoeing and camping so we may feel at home and self-reliant in the woods and on water within natures unpredictable conditions. 

In our group gatherings we will invoke our Women Dharma Ancestors through their poetry in the Therigatha, and through collected stories about their lives and practices. What were their challenges on the path? How can their lives guide us into our own journey? There will be times of being together in silence; zazen, creative process, canoeing explorations, hiking, and plenty of swimming off the rocks and focused Dharma study together. 

If you have not previously done a retreat at Zen Mountain Monastery, please call the training office at (contact info blocked) to schedule a phone interview.

Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.

We also encourage everyone to use our Rideshare program to either arrange or offer rides to and from the Monastery.

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