Upcoming Retreat: Embodied Compassiona; Tools for Relating from a Wise-Heart

Upcoming Retreat: Embodied Compassiona; Tools for Relating from a Wise-Heart

Mendocino Retreat. 
Embodied Compassion: Tools for Relating from a Wise-Heart

with Matthew Cavanna


Learn simple, practical tools to deepen presence in the body and cultivate safety in connections. This workshop will be a mixture of guided meditations and group connection practices to cultivate a deeper feeling of ease and freedom together.

Location: Zazen Retreat Facility, Mendocino, CA. www.zazensfretreat.com

Dates: Monday June 20-Wednesday June 22

Price: $300 per person

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Includes two nights accommodation, 5 organic meals, workshop fee, carpool to/from Mendocino and San Francisco.



2-5pm : Arrival, landing into the space

5.30-6.30pm : Dinner

7-9: Session


7-8am : Optional meditation or yoga

8-9am : Breakfast

9.30-12.30pm : Session with break tbd

12.30-1.30pm : Lunch

3-6pm : Session with break tbd

6-7pm : Dinner

8-10pm : Optional Movement guided jam


7-8am : Optional meditation or yoga

8-9am : Breakfast

9.30-1.30 : Session with break tbd

1.30 : Lunch

Matthew Cavanna's Bio:

A bridge builder by nature, Matthew synthesizes a diverse background in bodywork, somatic therapy, spirituality, contact improvisation, attachment theory, and conscious birth practices into a method he calls Living Bridges.


Coming Soon! Zazen Community Retreat Space

Coming Soon! Zazen Community Retreat Space

We're grateful to announce that Zazen has acquired a private community retreat space, located just two hours north  of San Francisco in beautiful Mendocino County. 

 The property will support our community in so many ways. Primarily it will serve as a low cost retreat space for personal or group retreats. There are many retreat spaces across California, but few that offer affordable options. As the space develops we hope to be able to offer regular work-trade options for extended low fee retreats. 

We expect to offer guided retreats throughout the year, with skillful teachers from a diversity of traditions. Stay tuned for updates on programing. 

 We also hope the space will function as a regular place of refuge and renewal for Zazen members and staff. Twice per week we will offer carpool options from our San Francisco studio to the land for guests interested in a hassle free retreat from the city. 

You're invited to support our retreat space by donating to our gofundme campaign (below). Your donation will allow us to build a new meditation and yoga hall, expanding our low cost housing options for additional guests. Your donation of any size will be treated as a pre-payment for your future visit. 

Many bows of gratitude for your support. 

Update on retreat construction!

Update on retreat construction!

The conversion of the garage into a retreat facility is progressing nicely! The first stage involved removing the garage door and framing individual rooms. The rooms are nearly finished, with furnishings and fresh paint, just awaiting area rugs to add some color and warmth. 

The next stage will involve putting down a wood floor in the upstairs yoga and meditation space. Anyone interested in helping with the flooring is welcome to join us any weekend this month. 

Upcoming Work Practice Retreat Opportunities

Upcoming Work Practice Retreat Opportunities

Join us for our upcoming work-practice retreats!  Participants help with work projects that directly help create the retreat facility.   In exchange for 4 hours per day of work, participants receive free room and board.  Carpool options are available. Afternoons and evenings are left free to explore the nearby redwood forest, Orr Hot Springs, or local hiking.

To reserve a room, work-trade activity, and carpool spot, please visit our regularly updated google doc here

Upcoming dates:

Friday 3/18-Sunday 3/20,    Monday 3/21 - Thursday 3/24, 

Daily Schedule:

6:30 am - Meditation (optional)
7:00 am - Open Yoga Practice (optional)
8:00 am - Breakfast
9am - 1:00pm - Work Practice
1:30 -Lunch
2:30 - Carpool to Redwoods or Hot Springs
7:00pm - Dinner
8:30pm - Meditation (optional)