In this workshop, we'll express our creative impulse, and explore how this relates to the present-moment practice of Zen meditation. Nau mai, haere mai!
Working in the tradition of Zen teacher John Daido Loori's The Zen of Creativity, workshop participants will take up a series of creative-writing exercises, the aim of which is to directly enter the experience of the present moment. There will be opportunities to share and discuss our work through a process called "creative audience", which is based on non-judgemental awareness. The half-day programme is suitable for those with or without a meditation background, and with or without a background in the arts and writing. Those new to Zen meditation will be offered a 25-minute introduction at the start of the day.
Please bring your own pen and notebook. A vegan-friendly morning tea will be provided.
The workshop leader: Gwitha Kaido Nash is a senior Zen practitioner in the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen, and is a workshop leader known for her warmth, skill, openness, and sense of humour. Based in Nelson, she has practised Zen since 1990, training for many years with Zen master and photographic artist John Daido Loori. Kaido is now a student of Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi, the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York. Kaido frequently leads meditation retreats and Zen workshops, usually in the Nelson region, many of which have an arts component. This will be her first workshop in Rotorua.
Venue: Upstairs at Yoga Rotorua, Arawa Park Raceway. Entrance to the raceway is next to Rydges Hotel on Fenton Street.
Cost: $50, or $30 for 65 years+ Prior registration is required.
To register for this event, contact Geoff Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 021 23 84618