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Zen Calligraphy Intensive

Eighth Annual International Zen Calligraphy Intensive
Instructors: Kazuaki Tanahashi with Christine Renden Haggarty
March 11 - 17, 2019

This is an invitation to connect with the transformative practice combining brushwork, meditation and the creative process, near one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Daily activities will include meditation, readings of Zen texts, and presentations on the history of East Asian calligraphy. You will practice with formal, semi-cursive, and cursive characters as well as their artistic interpretations during studio time.  You will learn how to paint your favorite phrases, then mount your calligraphy for display. You will experiment with brushes and paper of different sizes, painting with black ink and watercolors. Kaz Sensei will work with participants to develop their own artistic name.

The intensive will be held at Mercy Center, an internationally known conference and retreat center near San Francisco Airport. A former convent on 40 acres, Mercy Center is an oasis of quiet, contemplative living. It is public transit friendly, with free shuttles available at certain hours of the day.

To register or for more information contact Christine  at  to be placed on the list of participants. Deposits (half of the total fee - $800) should be received by December 1, 2018. Prior to Dec. 1, 2018 (early registration) the cost is $1595 for a single room, fully inclusive of lodging, meals, tuition, and materials. After Dec. 1, 2018, the cost is $1695 fully inclusive.
For more information and a tentative schedule, go to The workshop is limited to 25 participants.