CLATSKANIE - A Zen Painting and Calligraphy Retreat will be held from 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie.

The retreat will explore the relationship between body and mind through meditation and the calligraphy brush. Participants will receive hands-on guidance from master calligrapher Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Anyone interested in meditation, calligraphy or painting is welcome. No experience is necessary.

Cost of the retreat is $100, which includes all art supplies, meditation instruction, dormitory accommodations and meals.

The event will culminate in a calligraphy performance and silent auction, with Peter Levitt sharing some of his poetry.

For information on either event, contact the monastery at (503) 728-0654 or


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