Summer Residential Zen Retreat, Aug 6-13


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Registration for this retreat is now closed. 

Retreat schedule:  Monday, August 6 – Monday, August 13
The retreat starts on Monday, August 6, with orientation at 8 p.m. (participants can arrive as early as 2 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6 p.m.)
The retreat ends on Monday, August 13, at 2:30 p.m. (participants can stay on property until 4 p.m.)

Location: Watershed Retreat Center

Summer Residential Zen Retreat

Greg Snyder and Laura O’Loughlin will be co-leading a weeklong Soto Zen retreat this summer at the Watershed Retreat Center, which is located on a 73 acre farm adjacent to hundreds of state forest, 2 hours north of New York City.

This special offering is an opportunity to deepen practice through an experience of living in a rural residential setting and moving together through the rhythms of a daily semi-monastic schedule, which includes zazen, service, study, dharma talks, discussions, meeting with teachers, silent meals along with time for swimming or a walk in the woods.

Our study will focus on the seminal Zen teaching poem, Sandokai. We will be using Suzuki Roshi’s commentary, Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness, as a support for our exploration of this beautiful exposition which addresses the relationship between oneness and multiplicity.


Retreat cost: Sustaining $1,100 / Base $800 

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

Please consider giving at our sustaining rate, which supports BZC’s capacity to make our teachings accessible to a wider community. 

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

Please note:  Because the retreat is not being held on BZC property we are not able to offer any scholarships or alternative arrangements for participation.

The retreat is limited to 25 people.

There is NO option for partial attendance.

We will not be preparing meals so we cannot accommodate other dietary restrictions.


About Greg Snyder

Greg 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 Laura O’Loughlin


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.