Rochester Zen Center

The next SanghaPalooza is scheduled for the weekend of June 13, 2015.  Here’s the lineup for the last one, which took place in August 2013.





The 2nd Annual RZC SanghaPalooza will commence Friday evening, August 2, and conclude Sunday, August 4, 2013. The weekend will be filled with a wide variety of fun and interesting events and activities, including yoga, taiji and qi gong classes, a screening and discussion of the documentary The Lost Bird Project, an Indian cooking class, a presentation on the life and works of Beethoven, a guided nature walk through Chapin Mill, a lecture on Zen practice and sleep, an authentic “magic lantern” show (entertainment from circa 1890!), outdoor games and activities, board games, card games, and whatever-you-wanna-bring games. It will also be a kid-friendly weekend with lots of crafts and games—and registration is free for children. The complete schedule is provided below. Those who wish to participate should submit a registration form and $50 fee (to cover catering expenses) by July 1.

(Note: The activities for children listed below are tentative and may be altered according to the ages of registrants.)

Friday, August 2

Arrival anytime after 5:00 pm

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Buffet dinner

8:00 – 9:00 pm: The Professor Optix Magic Lantern Show, presented by Larry Rakow (Exercise Room)

An evening of authentic Victorian entertainment! Before the introduction of movies, magic lantern shows were one of the most popular vehicles for amusement and education in America and Europe. Employing a combination of still and articulated hand-painted slides, lantern shows included comic pictures, moral tales, and scenes of far-flung lands. This year’s show will feature many new views and stories (not a simple repeat of last year’s).

Informal late evening hang out, drink tea, chat, etc.

Saturday, August 3

6:00 – 7:30 am: Informal zazen

7:30 am: Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 am: Kids Crafts & Jewelry-Making (Location TBA)

Younger kids will make crafts and older kids will make jewelry with Sara Silvio.

8:30 – 10:30 am: The Nature of Chapin Mill: Contemplative Practices in Natural History Education, a guided walk led by Marc Lapin (Meet outside the main entrance)

This nature walk will be an exploration of natural areas at Chapin Mill, with a mix of contemplative practices useful for gaining understanding of nature and humans’ relation to it. Participants should be prepared to walk some trails on the land; wear and bring what will be comfortable for you to be out in the woods for two hours. Long sleeves or bug repellant recommended.

9:00 – 10:30 am: Yoga, led by Dené Granger (Exercise Room)

This yoga class will be adapted to participants’ experience and will focus on improving flexibility and alignment.

10:15 – 11:30 am: Kids Yoga, led by Jen Byrnes (Location TBA)

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Zen Practice & Sleep, lecture by Rick Smith (Exercise Room)

This lecture will explore the interaction of meditation and sleep, drawing upon the latest scientific research as well as Rick’s personal experience both in the lab on the mat.

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 pm: First Aid Basics for Younger Kids, led by Nurse Barbie (Location TBA)

1:15 – 2:15 pm: “Fox & Hound” Game for Older Kids (Location TBA)

1:15 – 2:45 pm: Beethoven: His Life & Works, presented by Phil Swanson (Exercise Room)

This seminar will present an overview of the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest of composers. It will draw on a wide range of writings by Beethoven, his contemporaries and his biographers, as well as CDs and DVDs highlighting his major works. No musical training is necessary. Come and spend some time in Beethoven’s world!

2:30 – 4:30 pm: Swimming for Younger Kids (Pond – parental supervision required)

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Comedy Improv for Older Kids, led by Jen Byrnes (Location TBA)

3:00 – 4:30 pm: Home Cooked Indian Food, led by Maimoona Ramaswamy (Kitchen)

Participants will learn how to prepare a home-style Indian meal. At the end of the class, the food will be sampled and recipes will be provided so that you will be able to cook the meal at home. Please note this class is limited to 12 participants.

3:00 – 4:30 pm: Chen Family Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan), led by Catherine Kehl (Exercise Room)

Taijiquan (T’ai chi ch’uan) originated in Chen Village, Henan province, China. The Chen family style is the oldest form of taiji, with all other styles deriving from it. Catherine will guide participants though silk reeling exercises and a walking form that introduces the four basic energies in this martial art. Please wear non-restrictive clothing.

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Swimming & Row-Boating for Older Kids  (Pond parental supervision required )

4:45 – 6:15 pm: The Lost Bird Project: Film Screening & Climate Change Discussion, led by Andy Stern (Exercise Room)

After watching The Lost Bird Project, a one-hour long documentary film about sculptor Todd McGrain’s attempt to memorialize five birds driven to extinction, Andy will lead a discussion about climate change, welcoming input from all.  The central question to be asked is: Given the realities of what is happening and going to happen, what do we really want for ourselves, our children, our community and our species? Every attendee should come fully prepared to be taught how to fold an origami pigeon!

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Dinner for Younger Kids (Dining Room)

6:30 pm: Dinner for Everyone Else (Dining Room)

7:30 pm: Board games (Dining Room)

Evening music, dancing, etc. with Phil Swanson and Addison Heffernan (Piano Room)

Sunday, August 4

6:00 – 7:30 am: Informal zazen

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Ping-Pong Tournament (Exercise Room)

9:00 am: Outdoor Fun … volleyball, bocce, ultimate, kick ball, etc.

9:30 – 10:30 am: Qigong, led by Kara Waugh (Piano Room)

Qigong is a practice originating in ancient China that combines movement, meditation, and breathing patterns to enhance health, stabilize emotions, calm the mind, and support spiritual unfolding. It is an excellent complement to any sitting practice. In this introductory class you will experience qigong first hand, learn a little qigong theory, and take home a couple of simple routines you can do on your own (handouts included). Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

9:30 – 11:30 am: Poetry Walk for Kids (Location TBA)

Refreshments available until 12:00 noon

12:00 pm: Post-palooza clean-up