Intro to Zen Meditation

Learn the basics and background of Zen meditation practice while surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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Experience the calming effects of the forest.

Daily we learn more and more about how to build a life of healthy mental and physical well-being while reducing stress and anxiety. One tool we can learn and practice as part of this foundation is meditation. Zen meditation has sustained centuries of practitioners across multiple continents and took firm root in the US  in the mid 20th century. Join us to go beyond the mindfulness trend and learn this practical approach to managing our attention and corralling our “monkey minds,” creating more joy and peace in our lives by learning to be fully present. And what better place to learn than in the natural world, of which we are a significant part!

While background information and history of the meditation practice will be offered, the focus will be on experiencing the practice itself in ways that fit all ages and body types (no need to worry about getting on the ground into full lotus!). There will be chairs and cushions as needed. 

Age: Adult

Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Holden Arboretum | Layer Garden (Participants will meet your guide at the Layer Garden service lot. Directions will be sent prior to the program.)

Intro to Zen Meditation
Saturday, August 10, 2024
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Price: $15 per member, $25 per nonmember

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Susan Rakow

Susan Rakow

Susan Rakow is the group leader for the Cleveland Zazen Group in Cleveland Heights and a lay ordained member of the Three Jewels Order of the Rochester (NY) Zen Center. She has been practicing Zen meditation for over 55 years. After a decades long career as a teacher and professor, for the past ten years Susan has been a mental health counselor in private practice where she frequently includes meditation as a component of improving mental health. She is also married with two grown children and four grandchildren who inspire her to help make the world a healthier more peaceful place for all.

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