Somatic Zen Retreats

SomaticZen is a Zen intensive designed to explore, deepen, and broaden our embodiment of seated meditation (zazen). In addition to periods of zazen, we will use traditional Zen embodiment practices like tai chi and vocal resonance along with Somatics, Feldenkrais movement awareness work, Yin Yoga, and TRE as a means to realize a deeper sitting practice. The program will follow a rigorous silent Zen intensive format with little extra sleep or downtime.  SomaticZen will be led by Alex Greene, Zen priest, bodywork and somatic therapist, and Ellen McKenzie.


1 - Foundations Intensive

Dates: July 14, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: The Yoga Sangha at Capital Fitness
$60 per person, Registration here.

In this one day introductory workshop we will be exploring embodiment and movement practices like Somatics, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, yoga, and TRE in connection with Zen sitting meditation. This program is appropriate for all levels of practitioners or those interested in developing a Zen sitting practice. We will take an hour for lunch; packed lunch encouraged. Please wear comfortable clothes for movement and bring layers for sitting. No tank tops, shorts or bright patterns please.For questions please email

5 - Day Intensive

Dates: June 6, 5:00pm - June 11, 12:00pm
Location: 4204 County Road P, Cross Plains, WI
$650 Tax-Deductible Donation
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Admission to the program begins by filling out our online application form (here) to determine that the program is a good fit for the applicant. We are accepting applications through May 13. You will hear back from us within 7 days of submitting your application.