The Teachers at Windhorse


Sunya Kjolhede and Lawson Sachter, ordained Dharma heirs of Roshi Philip Kapleau, are the co-founders and teachers of Windhorse Zen Community. Lawson and Sunya have each been practicing Zen for over fifty years, and have conducted sesshin and workshops in the United States, Mexico, and abroad.

Sunya, along with her other teaching activities, travels regularly to Poland, where she serves as spiritual director of the Bodhidharma Zen Center, a Polish Zen community founded by Roshi Kapleau in 1975. She has trained in Clinical Pastoral Education, working for a period of time as a hospital chaplain, and she has also worked in schools as a storyteller.

Lawson is spiritual director of the Clear Water Zen Center in Florida, and conducts several sesshins there each year. He is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Asheville, NC. During the early 1990’s he began training in short-term dynamic psychotherapy techniques, and since that time has worked as a therapist with a wide range of clients, including many who practice meditation. Much of his personal and professional work has centered on the integration of Eastern and Western approaches to intrapsychic change.

Sunya and Lawson are married, with four grown children and five grandchildren.