A center for Zen meditation, residential training and retreats.

Located in Asheville, NC area.

About Us...

The Deepening Quiet

Rooted in the ancient mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville, Windhorse Zen Community is a group of people who come together to practice Zen, to wake up to the deepest truth of the Buddha’s teaching and to embody it in their daily lives.

The teachers at Windhorse, Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, were ordained and sanctioned by Roshi Philip Kapleau. The training at Windhorse blends the strengths of both Rinzai and Soto practice, using breath, open awareness and koan-based zazen meditation. We also work with unconscious forces that deep practice may bring to the surface – both those that are creative and inspiring, as well as those that stir up painful mindstates that may undermine one’s Dharma work.

We live simply, heating with wood collected from our woods, and trying to live in harmony with the earth and each other. Recognizing the vital role of authentic relationship, we set a high value on Sangha as the living expression of Zen teaching and practice. Along with daily meditation and regular retreats, we offer residential training that makes it possible to be immersed in the practice here at Windhorse for longer or shorter periods of time.

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The Bright Side of Jet Lag

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 2 comments

The Bright Side of Jet Lag
Getting in from Europe late last Tuesday, on the Full Moon, then wide-awake at 3:30 a.m.: despite the sleepless trip, my body thinks it’s mid-morning... Read more [...] Read More

Zentensive Workshop and Retreat

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Zentensive Workshop and Retreat
On May 11-16, Windhorse Zen Community will be offering its second Zentensive Workshop and Retreat at its 16-acre facility in the mountains just north of Asheville. This professionally-oriented Zentensive has been approved by NASW-NC for 35 CEs. Read more [...] Read More

Coming This Spring! A Contemplative Photography Workshop

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

Coming This Spring!  A Contemplative Photography Workshop
Windhorse is pleased to announce that George DeWolfe will be conducting a Contemplative Photography workshop here this spring. We are beyond excited to be sponsoring a workshop by this accomplished photographer and gifted teacher here at Windhorse. Read more [...] Read More

Building Fund Update

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Building Fund Update
We wish to express deep thanks to everyone for your enduring and generous support of our long-standing Windhorse construction project! Our Fall Fundraising Drive was reasonably successful; if no further complications arise with the remaining inspections, we should be able to get enough of the work done to obtain our coveted Certificate of Occupancy. But as a caution Read more [...] Read More

Board of Trustees

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Board of Trustees
We'd like everyone to know that as of January 1, 2015,Windhorse has a new Board of Trustees. Read more [...] Read More