Zen Path of the Heart

Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi and Ilia Shinko Perez, Roshi

September 28–30, 2018

Tuition $150 + 2 nights
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Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi

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Ilia Shinko Perez, Roshi

This program has been cancelled.

Spiritual awakening and emotional healing are inseparable. The Zen Path of the Heart develops nonjudgmental presence through traditional Zen Buddhist meditation and adds heart- and body-centered meditation techniques to delve further into the emotional karma that holds us back from realizing our innate True Being. When this underlying emotional baggage is released, the mind and heart are freed and our relationships become healthier, our life direction becomes more clear, and our capacity to serve those around us is expanded.

Through their combined 80+ years in Zen Buddhist communities and in working with their Zen students, Roshis Shishin Wick and Shinko Perez noticed that practitioners were having difficulty dealing with repetitive emotional patterns. To attend to this gap in spiritual training, they explored the psychological realm and developed their own techniques for helping their students heal the stuck emotions that were unconsciously keeping them from progressing in their spiritual development. The Zen Path of the Heart retreats and their book, The Great Heart Way, are the products of their exploration.

“The practice of the Heart requires that we be aware of what happens inside our mind, body, and heart – that we witness our feelings without adding stories or internal dialogues, without criticizing, without judging…simply that we feel the energy of our emotions and feelings in the body.” The Great Heart Way

Please join Roshis Shishin Wick and Shinko Perez for an engaging weekend of:

  • Zazen (sitting meditation, beginning instruction available)
  • Indoor and outdoor Kinhin (walking meditation)
  • Talks given by the instructors
  • Sharing circles
  • 1:1 private sessions with the instructors
  • Opportunities to reconnect with the natural environment

“Together, we will heed our heart’s calling to heal the emotional body and awaken the wisdom and compassion that naturally reside within.”

Note: All levels of practitioner are welcome, as well as all faiths and non-religious practitioners. Though we will learn to work with emotional energy through meditative techniques, this retreat does not necessarily bring up and dive into emotional difficulties from one’s past, though these experiences are welcome.


Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi

Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi, PhD received transmission in the Zen tradition from Taizan Maezumi Roshi in 1990 and is president and co-spiritual leader of Great Mountain Zen Center, based in Berthoud, Colorado. He is author of The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans, My American Zen Life, and co-author of The Great Heart Way.

Ilia Shinko Perez, Roshi

Ilia Shinko Perez, Roshi, MA received transmission in the Zen tradition from Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi in 2000. She is the co-spiritual leader of the Great Mountain Zen Center and abbess of Maitreya Abbey in Berthoud, Colorado. Roshi Shinko is co-author of The Great Heart Way.

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