DepreshZen is a support and advocacy group for Sangha members with depression and anxiety disorders. Our next meeting is Monday, December 5, at 5-6 pm (Eastern) on Zoom. We are experimenting with having meetings during the week for those who can’t make it on Saturday afternoons. We will try to have a meeting every two weeks, and alternate days.

DepreshZen is a safe space to talk openly and educate ourselves and others about living with these conditions from the perspective of Zen practitioners. As the group’s playful name suggests, we hope to work toward reducing the social stigma associated with mental illness.

If you’re interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Iriz Robles ( or Tom Kowal (