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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Zentensive Workshop and Retreat

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Zentensive Workshop and Retreat
Dear Friends, With the Spring Equinox Sesshin now over, and the April Contemplative Photography Workshop filled, we’re looking ahead to our May ‘Zentensive.’ Led by Roshi Lawson Sachter and pre-approved by NASW* for CE credits, this workshop and retreat will include a more open schedule than our traditional sesshin, with greater emphasis on the psychodynamic dimensions of Zen practice.  This retreat is geared toward those interested in developing a greater experiential understanding of unconscious dynamics as they unfold during intensified periods of meditation; it is particularly designed for mental health providers who wish to expand their work on both personal and professional levels. With a more open structure, and its focus on the unconscious as an often-unrecognized and key element of deepening meditation, the Zentensive offers a unique context for clarifying and deepening one’s inner work. Those not interested in obtaining CE credits may wish to use some of the professionally-required didactic periods for self-directed practices, such as yoga and other forms of bodywork, walking meditation, and solitude in nature.  Click here for  the course description and online registration.   Read more [...] Read More

Upcoming Spring Equinox Sesshin

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Upcoming Spring Equinox Sesshin

WZC Sesshin 2015 March

We’re gearing up for the 7-day March sesshin that begins on Saturday, March 21, the first day of Spring. Sesshin ends on Saturday afternoon, March 28th.

No doubt about it: Sesshin is the most powerful way to deepen one’s Zen practice and start anew – a true spring-cleaning of mind and heart! Although we have various retreats scheduled for April and May, the next 7-day sesshin after this one isn’t until June. Even if you can only attend part-time, this is a great opportunity—at one of the pivotal points of the year—to bring fresh life to your practice and everyday life.

To aid us in our planning process, applications are due by Sunday, March 8. The cost of sesshin is $40/day for members, $50/day for non-members.

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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 | 2 comments

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