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Silver Dragons: Who Retires?

  • Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall St Vancouver, BC, V5L 1J5 Canada (map)
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Ripening our practice beyond middle-age: Retirement is a relatively new phenomenon in human history, yet even in ancient times those who had the longevity, health and security, made the transition to being elders, engaged in what poet Muriel Rukeyser called “a wider giving.” In this retreat we will use our practice as a base from which to explore: Who am I beyond my family and professional roles? What is most important at this time in my life? What can I let go of? What can I open to?

The retreat will include zazen, kinhin (walking meditation), informal talks by the teachers, small and large group discussion. Please bring a bag/box lunch. Herbal tea will be provided.

Kate and Michael are Zen priests and resident teachers of the Mountain Rain Zen Community. They are entering their silver dragon years.


  • Retreat fee: $40
  • Reduced fees are available to those on a limited income. Please complete the Day Retreat Reduced Fee Request form (click the link to access the form). No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 


  • Retreat fees cover expenses. There will be an opportunity to give a donation/dana to the teacher(s) at the retreat. 


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the registrar at

Reduced Fee Fund

The Mountain Rain Reduced Fee Fund makes it possible for those on a limited income to participate in our retreats. Please consider making a donation. This requires a separate transaction. Tax receipts will be issued at year-end. Thank you!