CLATSKANIE - A retreat "Transforming the Inner Critic - Level 1," led by Zen teacher Hogen Bays, will be held from 5 p.m. April 3 to 1 p.m. April 5 at the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie. The aim of this retreat is to explore practical tools that can help transform the voice of the inner critic into wisdom. Bays has practiced Voice Dialogue since 1982, including training with Voice Dialogue founders Hal and Sidra Stone.

The cost is $150, or $120 for members and $75 for students, and includes dormitory accommodations and all vegetarian meals. For information, call (503) 728-0654, e-mail ( or register online at (