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East-West Meditation Silent Intensive Weekend Retreat

An Online East-West Retreat led by

The Rev. Alice Cabotaje, Zen Roshi


August 28-30, 2020


Friday 5:00 pm PDT to

Sunday 6:15 pm PDT

$225 registration fee


People of all faith traditions who seek to deepen their experience of Reality through the practice of Contemplative and Zen meditation are invited to join us for this silent meditation weekend retreat. This retreat provides an opportunity to gather online for two days of silence, mindfulness, self-discovery, and community. It includes silent meditation, spiritual talks, and private interviews with The Rev. Alice Cabotaje, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator.


In addition to meditation, retreatants will experience verses from the Bible and writings by Christian mystics such as Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, John of the Cross, and Meister Eckhart.


Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.




The Rev. Alice Cabotaje, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator, is a Zen teacher studying under Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R, who directed the Mercy Center East-West Meditation program from 2005 to 2019. Alice began Zen koan studies with Fr. Greg in 2004, and in 2019 received full transmission as an Authentic Zen Master in the Empty Cloud lineage.

Her first spiritual teacher was Shrii Shrii Ananda Murti ji, a Calcutta-based guru with whom she studied for 18 years. In 2003, she started sitting with the Mercy Center East-West Meditation group, then led by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. In 2004, when she met Fr. Greg, she recognized him as her second spiritual teacher. Through Fr. Greg, Zen has become her practice of integrating koans into daily life.

The Rev. Alice Cabotaje


Alice is the Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Massachusetts General Hospital, an ACPE Certified Educator, and a Board Certified Chaplain. She is ordained and endorsed by the Metropolitan Community Churches. She holds a Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.





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If a request for cancellation is received three (3) or more days prior to the start date of a retreat, a refund of the registration payment will be issued minus a $50 administrative fee. If a request for cancellation is received less than three (3) days prior to the start date of a retreat, 50% of the registration payment will be refunded. No refund will be given if a retreatant leaves early or arrives late during a retreat.

Out of consideration for others on the waiting list, please make a commitment to attend the entire retreat.



For further assistance, contact us at (650) 340-7474.