Windhorse Zen Community

Located just minutes from downtown Asheville, North Carolina, and occupying 16 wooded acres with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Windhorse Zen Community offers one of the most complete Zen Buddhist training programs in the Southeast. With regular sittings, weekend retreats, longer and shorter sesshin, and professionally-oriented Zentensives, as well as other dharma events and an on-going residential program, Windhorse offers a range of opportunities for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

The teachers at Windhorse, Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, were ordained and sanctioned to teach by Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen and one of the towering figures of American Zen Buddhism. The training at Windhorse includes work with breath, open awareness, and koans within the framework of traditional, non-dual practice. It also emphasizes awareness of the conscious and unconscious dynamics that inevitably arise in the course of deepening practice, with a focus on ways of integrating meditation practice into our lives and relationships.

About Windhorse


Getting Started

Great is the matter of birth and death
Life slips quickly by
Time waits for no one
Wake up! Wake up!
Don’t waste a moment!

– Zen Master Bassui