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Book Study Group: Not Always So – starts May 23

Led by Burt Quinn

Not Always So is the companion volume to Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. The book is made up of Suzuki Roshi’s Dharma talks from the last three years of his life and covers a range of topics, from zazen to enlightenment.  Please join us as we open up this treasury of teaching by a much beloved Zen teacher.

In person at Stone Creek Zen Center
Six weeks, starting May 23

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8pm
May 23 & 30, June 6, 13, 20, & 27

Burt Quinn is a long-term Zen practitioner whose journey started in 1970 at the Berkeley Zen Center and moved through Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in the 90s, till he finally settled down at Stone Creek Zen Center in 2011.

$100, $150, $200
(No one turned away for lack of funds.)



The Dharma of Money – Saturday, June 8

With Spencer Sherman, CFP

10am – 4pm

Turning a Dharma lens toward the arena of financial matters can offer a tremendous opportunity for transformation and growth, as we often bring less awareness to our relationship with money than we do to other areas of our life. Through interactive exercises and the power of a supportive community, we’ll explore topics such as resilience, sympathetic joy, generosity, and cultivating a mindset of “enough.” Using neuroscience and Buddhist psychology, this program will help you develop greater equanimity around the often uncomfortable topic of money as well as uncover the hindrances and pathways to your own financial well-being.

Regardless of your financial advantages or challenges, it’s possible to shift from fear, confusion, and avoidance to clarity, confidence, and engagement. Together, we will loosen our inherited beliefs, gain new perspectives, and experience the paradox of how letting go offers a path toward abundance, generosity, and peace.

This daylong retreat invites you to explore your authentic relationship to money, independent of cultural and familial conditioning, and to use the day to make real-life decisions within a spacious, non-judgmental container.

 Sign up here.

Spencer Sherman, CFP, is the creator of the Dharma of Money, a longtime mindfulness practitioner, teacher, and the founding CEO of Abacus, a sustainable financial firm with Buddhist values. He developed the Fearless Finance program, is the author of The Cure for Money Madness, and teaches for Sounds True and New York University’s Inner MBA program. His 30+ year meditation practice, including being a graduate of several multi-year programs, supports him in helping others create an equanimous, powerful, and spacious relationship with money.  He brings the wisdom of the dharma to a neglected area of our lives. Given this, the domain of money holds significant potential for our personal, spiritual, and financial health. He is dedicated to helping all beings realize the benefits of shifting from a mindset of “more” to a mindset of “enough.” He has taught at Spirit Rock, Green Gulch, Tassajara, Menla, corporations, and other venues.


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 info@stonecreekzen.org.

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.



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 (info@stonecreekzen.org).

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