Guest Teacher: Sensei Joshin Byrnes

Date(s) - 06/06/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Sensei Joshin Byrnes is a dharma teacher and current Vice Abbot at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. Springboard Studio is excited to host Sensei Byrnes as a guest teacher on Wednesday, June 6th, when he will discuss the principles behind the upcoming Street Retreat, which he will lead June 7th-10th.

To summarize, people experiencing homelessness live alongside us, but are often not seen or understood. Street Retreat is a Zen practice of bearing witness to all aspects of homelessness. Dropping into an environment that is unfamiliar, we encounter our biases and fixed ideas. We endeavor to let them go to become one with the people we meet and the entire situation.

For four days, we live on the streets with nothing other than their own true nature. We beg for money, search for food and shelter, and seek out public bathrooms. Each day includes meditation, ceremony, and council practice with whomever chooses to join us.

Street retreat is open to people of all ages. Participants travel as a group and develop a deeper sense of community, revealing the truth of Oneness, Diversity, and the Harmony of Oneness and Diversity.

The Philadelphia Street Retreat is June 7-10. Click HERE for more information.

Springboard sangha member Dove Nasir has participated in the street retreat 3 times and will do so again this June. If you would like to discuss the retreat with Dove, his contact him at: 215-290-5517 or