Please join us for a three day retreat (YMJJ) with Carlos Montero, JDPSN!
Carlos Montero, JDPSN, started practicing meditation in 1997 studying formally in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He founded the South Florida Zen Group in 2000 and has served as the abbot since. Recently, Carlos received Inka from Zen Master Wu Kwang certifying him as a Meditation Master in the Kwan Um school of Zen. Originally from Venezuela, he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and currently works as a chemistry teacher and science education researcher. Carlos also holds a first degree black belt in Aikido and is an avid Masters swimmer. He currently works as a chemistry teacher and is the chair of the science department at NSU’s University School.
Location and Registration: The retreat is held at a private residence in Orlando. Please register for the retreat in order to receive further information. Local practitioners are encouraged to spend the nights at their home, a limited numbers of beds and some spaces for mats/sleeping bags are available at the retreat site and in private homes.
Dress code: It is permissible to wear shorts at this retreat. Please wear comfortable plain clothes, including t-shirts without distracting print or images. We will not wear robes during the retreat at the private residence. Please do wear robes, if you have them, for the precepts ceremony at the Zen Center on Sunday.
Silence and special situations: We maintain silence throughout the entire retreat. Everyone participates in all aspects of practice – if you have to miss any activity or are sick, please let the Head Dharma Teacher (HDT) know. If you have a question, please write it on a piece of paper and give to the HDT. You will be assigned a simple task for work period. If your body situation does not allow you to perform this task, please talk to the Housemaster at the retreat site. You can note special requests (dietary or other accommodations) on you registration form.
Payment: In order to cover the cost of teacher travel and stipend as well as food and supplies for the weekend, we ask that you contribute financially to the best of your abilities. A sliding scale is listed at the bottom of the page. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds; we are happy to arrange for work-scholarships. Please give as generously as possible and as appropriate for your situation.
Listed amounts are per day (entire 3day-retreat).
DT and DTIT may subtract $10 per day off retreat fee.
|Annual Income||Non-members||Dues-paying members of OZC/KUSZ|
|over $80,000||$ 80 (240)||$ 60 (180)|
|$50,000-$80,000||$60 (180)||$45 (135)|
|$20,000-$50,000||$40 (120)||$30 (90)|
|less than $20,000||$20 (60)||$15 (45)|
Time of entry/Schedule: Entry to the retreat is possible Friday at start of retreat 10:00am or at 6:30pm.
If you cannot enter the retreat until Saturday, please plan on attending the entire day from 6:00 am on.
All retreatants are expected to participate in all aspects of the retreat. If you have questions or concerns, please discuss with Claudia prior to the retreat.