ONLINE • Samu: The Zen Practice of Mindful Work

Dhi Good

July 10, 2021

  • Half Day Sliding Scale – $50.00 to $75.00
  • Full Day Sliding Scale – $95.00 to $125.00

Samu is a Zen term that refers to the physical work necessary to maintain the Zen monastery. It can also be a powerful practice of meditation in action. “Mindfulness is a process of growth and maturing that happens gradually rather than suddenly,” writes Chögyam Trungpa in Mindfulness in Action.

Join us for this day of retreat as we cultivate mindfulness in the context of meditation, contemplation and doing ordinary activities. To nurture mindfulness as the process of growth that Trungpa Rinpoche describes, we begin with sitting meditation, with simple guided instruction. We then explore the four foundations of mindfulness in a group context, followed by instructions for engaging in work practice using mindfulness and awareness.

Work periods are followed by discussion, more meditation, and short periods of yoga or walking meditation. You are invited to deepen your connection to mindfulness and awareness both on and off the cushion, bridging meditation and post-meditation experience with continuity of mind.

Program Schedule

All times listed are in the Mountain Time Zone.

Half day: 9am-12pm
Full day: 9am-12pm, 1:30-4:30pm
MI Interviews: Sign up for a one-on-one mindful/meditation meeting with the instructor. The link will be available in the welcome letter after you register.

Of course, you may join from any timezone.

Sliding Scale Tuition

This program offers a sliding scale tuition to accommodate most instances of financial need.

Suggested half day scale is $50 – $75 and suggested full day scale is $95 – $125.

Program Preparation

Participants should plan some work activities ahead of time and assemble any tools or materials beforehand. Work activities could include cleaning, house repairs, making art, sewing, touch up painting, organizing a room, or a similar activity that you can:
a) do on your own
b) start/stop according to the program schedule
Note: Meal prep or cooking may not be suitable if it requires timed cooking or constant attention, as work periods may end before the bread is baked.


This program will NOT be recorded


Registration closes two hours before the start of the program.


Dhi Good

Dhi Good is a senior teacher (retired Shastri) in Shambhala, who studied Zen intensively for 10 years. She teaches mindfulness at work for non-meditators and works as a communications consultant for nonprofit organizations.

Program Details

This virtual retreat will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, you will receive another email with a link to join the retreat.

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