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Windhorse Sittings and Programs Update – Last-Minute Change

Weekly Programs and Formal Sittings

Formal sittings:


  • Last-Minute Change: Lawson also traveling this weekend
    Suddenly and unexpectedly, it has become possible for Lawson to attend the SEPI conference in NYC this coming weekend. (SEPI = Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.) The paper that Simon Goldberg, Lawson, and Sunya wrote on Zentensives has been accepted for a “poster” presentation, and we’re hoping the conference will offer some good opportunities for sharing this unique aspect of the dharma work at Windhorse.

    Unfortunately, this means that both teachers will now be away this weekend, with neither available until June 6th.

  • So there will be no Sunday program on June 3th, nor Tuesday sitting on June 5th.
  • As things now stand, we’ll have our sitting tonight, Tuesday, May 29, with chanting and dokusan — and then our next scheduled sitting will be on Thursday, June 7, with zazen and dokusan, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
    Our next Sunday program will take place on June 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m, with poltluck following.

    We’re sorry to have to cancel these programs and sittings — sincere apologies to all for this last-minute switch!

            Thursday no formal practice

  • Sunday, June 10, 9:30-11:30am:
    9:30am Two rounds of zazen (25′) with posture change
    10:20 Kinhin
    10:30 Chanting, teisho* (dharma talk), open discussion
    11:30 Potluck brunch*


  • Tuesday, June 12, 7 – 9pm: 2 ½ rounds of zazen with dokusan, chanting

          Thursday no formal practice

7-day Solstice Summer Sesshin

June 16 – 23, 2018 Saturday – Saturday


More information and registration >>>

Sesshin is a period of intensified Zen training, usually lasting from 4-7 days. The Japanese word sesshin derives from two characters: setsu, meaning to unify, collect, or touch, and shin, meaning heart-mind. As these terms suggest, sesshin is a time dedicated to collecting and unifying the normally scattered mind in order to focus it inward, like a powerful laser beam, to discover the deepest truth of one’s own Self-nature, the source of all wisdom and compassion.

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 for applications: Friday June 1, 2018

People may apply on-line to attend either full-time or part-time.

For more information:

Link to apply:

Haiku Hike — Saturday, June 2nd
All are invited to join this special hike, hosted by sangha members Patty Minx and Lisa McWherter. Patty will provide some brief information on haiku, and along the way there will be a trail break, with an opportunity to sit and write a couple of short poems for any who wish to do so.Lisa is an experienced hiking guide who often leads hikes for the Sierra Club.
When & Where: People will meet in Asheville at 10:00 am and return around 5:30. Two options for hiking areas:
A. (Most likely choice) Warren Wilson College Trails
B. Another possibility, if 10 or fewer people sign up: the Wilderness area along the East Fork of Pigeon River; same trail distance & time frame as Option A.
What You’ll Need:  Bring water, lunch and a small notebook and pencil.  Carpooling possibilities and other details to be announced when peop sign up.
FYI: Both trails offer ample shade, and stretches along a lovely stream; both are easy-to-moderate. There will be some tree roots & rocks in places, so you’ll need good footwear. There are level parts but also some up/down-hill, though neither trail is considered strenuous, and you’ll have a chance to dip your feet in water along the way. Please contact hike leader Lisa McWherter to sign up, or if you have any questions:, or call 828-713-4994.

Getting Started at Windhorse Zen Community

Beginning a Zen practice at Windhorse is quite simple: send an email and/or give us a call (contact info below) to schedule a first sitting at the center in Alexander, NC, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville.

We ask everyone, whatever their background in practice, to go through a basic orientation, which generally takes about 45 minutes.

The best time for new people to come ​for this ​is usually on Sunday morning at 8:45, before the 9:30-11:30 program of zazen meditation and dharma talk. If that doesn’t work for you, we can arrange to meet before a Tuesday or Thursday evening sitting, which begins at 7:00 pm. More information >>>