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Dubbed the 'Surly Ocelot' by Bret Sachter, this mother and her (misbehaving?) cub are part of a mural on the wall of Asheville's Laughing Seed Restaurant

Windhorse Sittings and Programs Update – from April 8

Weekly Programs and Formal Sittings “If the winter cold doesn’t bite into your bones, how will the plum blossoms regale you with their piercing fragrance in the spring?” — one of the old Zen masters >>>WINDHORSE SCHEDULE for APRIL Formal sittings: >>This Sunday, April 8, 9:30-11:30am: 9:30am Two rounds of zazen (25′) with posture change…

April 12, “The hidden role of repressed anger in our  lives, relationships and spiritual practice.” Part 4 from 5 of Thursday evening series “Spirituality and the Unconscious”

“Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasures.” – RAINER MARIA RILKE From March 22 – April 19, 2018 Windhorse Zen Community will offer a 5-part Thursday evening series Spirituality and the Unconscious at Jubilee! Community Church. Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede, co-abbots of Windhorse, will guide these sessions, which will include talks,…
Windhorse Zentensive

Zentensive Spring 2018 *April 30 – May 5

The Spring 2018 Zentensive will begin on Monday, April 30th and end the following Saturday, May 5th. The cost will be $500 for applications received on or before Monday, May 26th and $575 after that date. Registration fees include room and board for the week. (After the 26th the cost will be $825 for those wishing to receive CEs.) Also,…

Contemplative Photography Workshop *May 16 – 19

presented by George DeWolfe Wednesday, May 16th – Saturday, May 19th, 2018 This Spring 2018 four-day workshop will take place at Windhorse Zen Community, near Asheville, NC. We’ll begin Wednesday morning, May 16, and close with a final group meal in Asheville on Saturday evening, May 19.  To ensure a high quality experience, this workshop…

The unconscious: an overview |  “Spirituality and the Unconscious” Part 1

The unconscious: an overview. (March 22, 6:30-8:15pm) The first of five gatherings on Spirituality and the Unconscious will involve a broad overview of this topic. As the series unfolds we’ll be looking more specifically at the role of the unconscious, in both its compassionate and destructive forms, in this process of deepening and opening through various kinds of…

March 10 – 17: Winter’s End Retreat 7-day Sesshin

  “If you keep a green bough in your heart, the singing bird will come.” Chinese proverb Windhorse Zen Community is offering a 7-day Zen meditation intensive from March 10 ~17, 2018, at its retreat facility near Asheville in Alexander, NC. Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, dharma heirs of Roshi Philip Kapleau, will lead this…

New Year’s Eve at Windhorse

Here's the scoop on this year's New Year's Eve ceremonies and celebrations at Panther Branch: 

Yes, enough people have responded positively to our earlier stick-in-the-water inquiry to inspire us to jump in and make it happen again this year.  As mentioned in the last email, this year's ceremonies and celebrations will begin earlier and will be a bit simpler and briefer than our usual NYE midnightmarathons...

Full Moon Fundraiser

December 3, 2017

Dear Sangha and Friends, Our culture, the planet itself, seem now to be at a tipping point -- a time of crisis on so many levels, when the deep longing for healing simply must be brought more fully to light. In this time of great need, we also have an unparalleled opportunity to make available to the wider world the Buddha’s teachings of wisdom and compassion, and the transformative practice of Zen..

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Rooted in the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC, 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 embody it in the context of daily activities and relationships.



Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede were ordained and sanctioned to teach by Roshi Philip Kapleau in the 1990’s. The training at Windhorse blends the strengths of both the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen within a Western context, using breath, open awareness, and koan inquiry practices.

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 difficult mindstates that may undermine one’s dharma work.