Saturday, September 29th, 9am to 3pm.

Led by Anne McLaughlin, artist and member of Open Mind Zen.  This day offers a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves in meditation and the creative process.  This is an alternative practice path, a method of making visible what is often invisible.  Often the results of our practice are difficult to point to.  In this case, we will walk away with pieces of art to live with and contemplate well into the future. The day will include alternating periods of silent meditation and art, using two traditional Zen koans for inspiration.


What was your original face before your parents were born?


Chiyono’s bucket:
In this way and that I tried to save the old pail,
Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break.
Until at last the bottom fell out.
No more water in the pail!
No more moon in the water!



Participants will express their response to these koans using a combination of writing, calligraphy, drawing, painting, and collage to create a series of visual studies.  (Anne’s example is pictured above.) Open Mind Zen will provide the essential materials, including blank art journals with paper suitable for mixed-media applications, glue sticks, paper and other scraps, water color paint sets, brushes, pencils, pens, oil pastels, printouts of images and text and assorted odds and ends.  The day will include a one hour lunch break.

Please pre-register – class is limited to 12 participants.

Suggested donation: $25 for OMZ members; $35 non-members.  To register, visit the link below and pay the appropriate amount with the one-time donation button.