The Blue Ridge Zen Group will be having its Spring retreat on Flattop Mountain starting Friday, May 27 with supper at 6:00 P.M., and ending with lunch on the following Monday, May 30, Memorial Day. Sandy Stewart from North Carolina will be our guest teacher.

The Flattop Zendo is located at 2400 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains next to Shenandoah National Park. Our retreats are close to nature, with kinhin on mountain trails, and encouragement from ravens, chipmunks and other wildlife as we sit.

To help the Blue Ridge Zen Group cover expenses, we suggest a contribution of $90 for the retreat, and request prepayment to reserve your place. Make checks out to the Blue Ridge Zen Group. They may be mailed to Bill Stephens, 4425 Advance Mills Rd., Earlysville, VA 22936 or dropped off at the Broad Ave. Zendo. There will be a full refund up one week before we start, if you change your mind. Scholarships are available. Bringing an additional dana contribution of your choice to our guest teacher is traditional. Finally, if anyone can help with a meal or two, that will be much appreciated.

Donít forget to bring a sleeping bag, a towel, work clothes, and clothes for cooler mountain weather, a flashlight, a dana contribution, and your Buddha Nature.