January Residential Practice Period, Jan 2-30


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Location: Watershed Retreat Center

BZC Residential Practice Period

Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin, Kosen Gregrory Snyder and Kidō Ian Case will co-lead the first month-long BZC Residential Practice Period, a powerful part of our Soto Zen tradition.

Ancestral Heart Zen Temple will partner with our neighbors at The Watershed Center, located on a 73 acres farm adjacent to hundreds of state forest, two hours north of New York City, to offer this practice opportunity.

During the Residential Practice Period, participants will follow an intensive monastic schedule, eat oryoki meals, sit multiple periods of zazen each day, and engage in communal work and ritual life.

There is NO option for partial attendance; participants are asked to commit to the entire month.


COVID Protocol: All participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted. We will update participants closer to the date with more details on masking and testing requirements.


Retreat cost: Flourishing Rate $2,400 / Supporting Rate $2,200 / Base Rate $2,000 (members only)

Capacity for this offering is limited; please register as soon as possible to secure your participation.

Cost includes: retreat fees, housing (multiple occupancy), vegetarian meals (with option for vegan) and snacks.

We encourage all participants to register at the highest rate they can afford. The Base Rate for members is the bare minimum we need to meet our costs. We also offer partial scholarships to those who need them; in particular, we encourage students of color to apply for funds set aside from a generous foundation grant. Please submit scholarship requests as soon as possible.

Transportation and dana for teachers is NOT included in this cost.

Please note our cancellation policy for this offering: To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least 14 days before the beginning of the program. Refunds will be issued in the total paid less a $15 processing fee. Please see our complete cancellation policy here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.


About Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin


Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin is a dharma teacher and senior lay practitioner at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder. Before she began training with Teah Strozer, Laura was a student of Darlene Cohen’s. She is currently a psychotherapist, affiliated with the Buddhist Psychotherapy Collective, with her own practice in Manhattan. As a clinician, Laura uses mindfulness and body-oriented practices to support healing and transformation. Before co-founding Brooklyn Zen Center, Laura had trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center. Laura was also Director of Austin Zen Center, where among other things she studied the interface between eastern and western psychologies. Laura received lay dharma entrustment from Teah Strozer in 2017.

About Kosen Gregory Snyder

Kosen Gregory Snyder is a dharma teacher and senior priest at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder and current President. He is also the Senior Director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary, where he directs and teaches in a Masters of Divinity program focused on Buddhism and Inter-religious Engagement. Greg received priest ordination and dharma transmission from Teah Strozer and is a lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Greg is active with multiple interfaith and community networks organizing around peace-building, anti-violence and social justice initiatives, and currently sits on the Brooklyn Borough President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Community Partnerships. Greg’s practice of Zen and the dharma includes an understanding that personal and social liberation are a deeply integrated process of mutual unfolding. In addition to teaching in a formal Zen context, he facilitates Undoing Whiteness and Undoing Patriarchy workshops and ongoing groups that focus on investigating self-identities that may unconsciously perpetuate societal suffering. His efforts include ensuring the dharma is truly available to everyone, supporting young people in practice, developing a community-responsive Zen center, and advocating for bringing the illumination of conditioning around patriarchy, racism and economic exploitation to the center of our Buddhist exploration of self. He is devoted to co-creating an American dharma movement that fully embraces a deep social engagement focused on transforming inequity, bias and violence in ourselves, our communities and the world.

About Kidō Ian Case

Ian has been a student at Brooklyn Zen Center since its inception in 2005. During this time he has taken on various administrative and practice roles at the center, including serving for several years as Ino (head of the meditation hall). He was in residence for 15 months at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2015-2016 and was ordained as a priest by Teah Strozer in October 2016. He served as shuso (head student) at Brooklyn Zen Center for the fall 2019 practice period. Ian holds an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York an a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He served as Brooklyn Zen Center‘s director from 2019 to 2022 and currently serves as Tanto (Head of Practice).