About Stone Creek

Stone Creek Zen Center is a Buddhist practice center in the Soto Zen tradition. The core activity at the center is zazen—meditation—”just sitting,” aiming at being present right now in the fullness of reality. Zen practice means waking up to your life in the universe in each particular moment. It is a wholehearted investigation of how to live, with attention and care, together with all beings.

Contact Us — We welcome questions or comments via email or by phone.

Email: stonecreekzencenter@sonic.net Click here to send email to Stone Creek Zen Center.
Phone: 707.829.1129
Our mailing address is PO Box 56, Sebastopol, CA 95473

Find Us — We are open to the public and accessible to all, with ample parking. Please stop by to visit, to join us for meditation, or to learn more about our Zen community.

We are located in west Sonoma County at 2999 Bowen Street, Graton, California. Click here to view a map with driving directions.


The Teachers

Jisho Warner, roshi, is our abiding teacher. Jisho Roshi makes her warm presence and deep teachings available to us in groups and individually. You are welcome to make an appointment to talk with her about Zen practice and its place in your life.




Joko Haselwood, sensei, assists Jisho at Stone Creek and leads the weekly Empty Bowl Zen group in Cotati.





DojinDojin Sarah Emerson, head priest. Dojin and her partner Korin were entered as head priests of Stone Creek Zen Center in January, 2014. They will work with Jisho to offer the dharma through talks, classes and individual practice discussion. Dojin trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain center and other sites of the San Francisco Zen Center from 1997-2007.  She ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest with Abbot Gaelyn Godwin at the Houston Zen Center in 2007.  She has worked in the fields of mental health and pastoral care.  She is currently delighting in the practice of Dharma in family life with Korin and their two children in Northern California.



KorinKorin Charlie Pokorny, head priest. Korin was ordained as a priest by Reb Anderson in 1999. He practiced as a resident at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm for 12 years, including serving as tenzo and director at Tassajara. He holds a master’s degree from Stanford University in Religious Studies, and currently teaches at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.





The Sangha — Our community members come from all walks of life. We share in a wide range of activities that allow each person to find a gate to their own Zen practice.

Giving/Donations — There is a donation box at the center where you may place your contributions, or mail them to Stone Creek Zen Center, PO Box 56, Sebastopol, CA 95473.

Soto Zen in Sonoma County