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Five Hundred Years of Haiku

Haiku originated as a collaborative art form of poets joining together to celebrate the season and explore the richness of everyday life.  This weekend is a plunge into the way of haiku with translator Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, writers Natalie Goldberg, Clark Strand, and Zen teacher Roshi Joan Halifax.

This year, we explore the long and wild tradition of haiku from its very beginnings to contemporary haiku poets of Asia and the West. We will explore the lives of master haiku poets and their works, translations, and the role of haiku in Zen, Japan, and our contemporary world. We write haiku, draw, and follow the thread of haiku in history and ordinary and practice life. We will study less well known haiku as well as masterpieces. We will also note how Japanese female poets have contributed to this genre. Inspired by the works, we will try our hand at writing some and also for the brave, do some haiku quick sketches from life.  All levels of experience are welcome. This retreat meets in winter but we will embrace all seasons with the treasure of world haiku.

Maximum Participants: 70
Tuition (Members): $350.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $390.00
More details: Plus Lodging. Dana to teachers and residents. 

Lodging: Your tuition does not include lodging. Your first choice of lodging may not be available.
Please check for availability by calling 505-986-8518 ext. 112 or Email:

If you wish to stay on the Upaya campus, the following options are available:

  • Dorm $70 per night
  • Double $95 per night
  • RV space $35 per night

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Earlier Event: February 8
February Zen Circle
Later Event: February 12
SESSHIN: Heart Sutra for Bodhisattvas