Explore!  – A Zen Experience led by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Zen is an experience of connecting to life, to everything and everyone with the breath. While influenced by Soto Zen and religious customs, EXPLORE!’S day long retreats are different than the long day of sitting created for those who aspire to be Buddhist monks, nuns, or priests in the Zen tradition. Although sitting and silence is included participants are given space and time to settle the body indoors and outdoors, face each other and not always the wall, engage in fun body/mind activities, listen to the Shakuhachi (flute) Zen meditation music and are guided into an inquiry of discovering the heart. The day will include walking in the woods, tea, relaxing with the trees, discussing our lives, and eating together.

Join Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, at EXPLORE! held at Jikoji Zen Center in Los Gatos, CA (an hour south from San Francisco0).  It usually takes place on a Saturday of the month from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Everyone is welcome especially people of color, all genders, and LGBTQIA.


QUESTIONS: Please send your email address to Retreat Assistant 


Please bring your own lunch, water bottle, shawls, socks, and whatever else you need to be comfortable. Have your breakfast and hot beverage before arriving. Filtered water is available. Tea and a treat will be served. Try to limit TV, email, texting, social engagement, sugar, chocolate, and caffeine (a psychoactive substance) intake in order to help settle your body.


OVERNIGHT STAY- Jikoji has some moderate accommodations for those who want to stay overnight prior or after the retreat. You must provide your own meals. There may be a limitation on available rooms. You must register for housing on your own with Jikoji Reservations prior to the retreat day.

PHONES: There is no cell phone service at Jikoji. Folks can text and email from cell phones.  However, texting and emailing is strongly discouraged.  Please allow yourself a true respite for one day. There is a landline for emergency calls in and out. The phone number for Jikoji is 408-741-9562.

SEATING AVAILABLE : Zen cushions, a few chairs, and some backjacks available. Please let us know your seating needs.