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Pathways of Deep Change: Reclaiming Our Purpose and Passion ~ October Series

Five-Day Zentensive Workshop Three-part fall workshop series at Jubilee! Community in downtown Asheville, October 16, 23 and 30 6:30 – 8:15 pm Exploring ways that different forms of meditation, combined with a better understanding of our own inner dynamics, can help us to reconnect and re-envision our lives—stepping beyond resistance and self-sabotage to reconnect with…

Five-Day Zentensive Workshop: Spring 2019

Five-Day Zentensive® Workshop New dates coming soon Zen offers us a timeless vision of human freedom. It naturally complements deep forms of psychotherapy, and when these disciplines are worked with in a unified way they not only enrich the whole of the therapeutic process, but can also foster significant change on both personal and professional…

Three-Day Zentensive Workshop: Coming soon

Three-Day Zentensive Workshop A Fully-Accredited Exploration of the Psycho-Spiritual Depths of the Western Psyche Approved for 18 CE/CMEs (2 for ethics) How can we access our own compassionate forces and unconscious patterns, for the well-being of all? This unique workshop offers one-of-a-kind, evidence-based training for both personal and professional transformation. Presenters: Lawson Sachter and Sunya…

Windhorse Sittings and Programs: Early August Update

Weekly Programs and Formal Sittings Two-day August Sesshin Canceled We’ve had many requests for shorter sesshins, which inspired us to schedule the two-day slated to begin this Thursday evening. Only a few people have applied at this point, however, and so we’ve decided to cancel it. We realize that August may not be the optimum time for people—if…

Summer and Fall at Windhorse

In the coming months we’ll be experimenting with two new types of shorter retreats at Windhorse. During our fall ‘on-period’ (mid-Sept through mid-December), we’ll also offer two traditional, longer sesshin, and a Five-Day Zentensive. In terms of the shorter retreat: in August (9-11th) we’ll hold the first in a series of exploratory retreats that will…

7-day Summer Solstice Sesshin: June 16 – 23

Windhorse Zen Community is offering a 7-day Zen meditation intensive from June 16 – 23, 2018, at its retreat facility near Asheville in Alexander, NC. Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, dharma heirs of Roshi Philip Kapleau, will lead this sesshin, a form of practice involving Zen meditation (zazen), dharma talks, and one-on-one meetings with participants. >>Deadline…

Eco-Spirituality / An Exploration of the Dynamics of Change

On Tuesday evening, May 8, Windhorse Zen Community, in association with Zen Center of Asheville, is proud to host An Evening with David Loy. This event, a continuation of our recent five-part series on Spirituality and the Unconscious, will focus on the question of why deep levels of change – now so clearly vital on…

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…

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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.