Death as the Ultimate Rite of Passage – August 10

with Roy Remer

Saturday, August 10  10am – 4pm

Overview: Life is a series of passages. Whether you are preparing to support a friend or loved one in their dying experience or preparing for your own death, the traditional initiation model is a supportive way to reframe the end-of-life experience. This reframe helps to find meaning in the experience and ease the anguished heart.

Workshop Details: This workshop offers an opportunity to look at death as the final rite of passage, capping a lifetime of passages. Participants will explore the three phases of initiation: severance, threshold, and incorporation, and understand how they apply to the dying experience.

What You Will Learn:

  • Three Phases of Initiation:
    • Severance: Understanding the process of letting go and saying goodbye.
    • Threshold: Navigating the transition and embracing the unknown.
    • Incorporation: Integrating the experience and leaving a legacy.
  • Purpose-Inspired Death: Exploring the concept of a purposeful death as a way of manifesting Bodhisattva vows until the final breath.
  • Supporting Loved Ones: Contemplating how your dying experience can support those you leave behind, knowing they too will face death someday.


  • Presentations: Insightful talks on the phases of initiation and their relevance to the dying experience.
  • Meditations: Guided sessions to help you reflect and connect with your inner self.
  • Breakout Discussions: Small group discussions to share experiences and insights.
  • Interactive Activities: Engaging exercises to deepen your understanding and application of the workshop concepts.

Join us for this profound workshop to transform your perspective on death and discover how to live a more meaningful life, right up to the final breath.

Roy Remer trained to become a volunteer caregiver at Zen Hospice Project in 1997 and served at the bedside for 13 years. He served for six years on the board of directors of ZHP and joined the staff in 2010. After working in various roles, he now serves as Zen Caregiving Project’s Executive Director. Roy is the lead instructor of Mindful Caregiving Education for ZCP and teaches throughout the US and internationally. He is a certified instructor of Compassion Cultivation Training and a dedicated practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism, receiving his lay ordination at the San Francisco Zen Center in 2018. Roy also serves on the board of directors of Enso Village in Healdsburg, CA and leads wilderness rites of passage programs for EarthWays LLC based in Sebastopol, CA.



FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS with Annette Jo’E Lille

Saturday, August 17 and Saturday, August 24

Participants also will have the chance to join Stone Creek priest and former hospice and hospital chaplain JoE’ Annette Lille to go through the practicalities of preparing for our end of life and the resources available to us.
You may come to one or both follow-up sessions. Different aspects of end of life planning will be covered in each.

More information will be coming soon.



Three-Day Sesshin – Wed-Fri, July 17-19

Led by Jisho Warner and Burt Quinn

These three days of practice will be held in silence, with alternating periods of zazen (seated meditation, usually 30-minute periods) and kinhin (walking meditation, usually 10 minutes), and a work period each afternoon. A Dharma talk will be given in the morning and participants will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher (dokusan).

We will be sitting from 8:30am to 5:30pm each day. Attendance all three days is encouraged but not required, though please plan on attending the entire day for days you have registered. Please do not leave in the middle of the day unless you have received permission from one of the teachers (

An informal vegetarian lunch will be served, as well as morning tea and afternoon snacks.

Each day will begin with a short orientation and opportunity for an orientation. Please plan on arriving by 8:15am and on being in your seat ready to start by 8:25am.

If you are new to Zen practice, we recommend that you attend one of the scheduled orientations with zazen instruction on June 1 or July 6 at 10am.

We look forward to practicing together!

Register here

Dharma Talk This Sunday

Sunday Program

8:00am            Zazen (meditation)
8:30am            Informal breakfast and conversation
9:10am            Cleaning/work practice
10:00am         Zazen (meditation)
10:30am         Service
10:40am         Dharma talk

You are welcome to join for all or part of the program.

10am zazen through the Dharma talk is available online as well as in person.


If you’d like an introduction to Zen meditation and forms or would like the Zoom link for online offerings, please reach out at

We are located in West Sonoma County at 2999 Bowen Street, Graton, California.


Yoga with Corina – Wednesday Mornings 9:30-11:00

Ongoing Yoga Classes

Wednesday 9:30 – 11:00am
In Person and Online

Corina Stoicescu teaches classes in the Viniyoga tradition that focuses on meeting the unique condition of the individual. Using breath centric movement and pose adaptations, she helps students find integrity in all the poses. Classes are accommodating to a large variety of people and designed so students learn about their own bodies and minds and how the tools of yoga can serve them.

Every month when possible, she offers a series where students can experience the cumulative effect of going deeper in a particular subject.

Drop In: $20
Monthly Series: $60 (4 live classes/calendar month, access to series videos for 3 months, written sample sequence)
8 Class card: $120 (4 month expiration)

Please, purchase a ticket before coming to class.


Corina Stoicescu
 first started teaching yoga in 2005. After a bicycle accident, she discovered Viniyoga and and used Buddhism to help heal her body and heart. She is certified as both a 300 hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor and 500 hour Viniyoga teacher. In 2020, she completed 1000 hour Yoga Therapy training and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Yoga therapy can address specific health and healing needs like preparing for surgery, post surgery care, osteoporosis, digestive issues, Parkinson’s, allergies, trauma, etc. using through the full spectrum of yoga tools. She has been practicing meditation and daily life mindfulness practice since 2002 and uses both the Buddhist and Yogic understanding to inform her perspective.