Street Retreat, June 7-10

Date(s) - 06/07/2018 - 06/10/2018
All Day


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 our 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. We 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.

In this retreat led by Joshin Byrnes, on behalf of Upaya and the Zen Peacemaker Order, we will plunge into a variation on this early Buddhist practice of relying on the kindness and generosity of others for our livelihood.

Sensei Joshin Byrnes will facilitate the Wednesday evening meditation and discussion on June 6th, 7pm.

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