Retreat in the Heart of Life (improvisation)

//Retreat in the Heart of Life (improvisation)

Retreat in the Heart of Life (improvisation)

Thanks for your enthusiasm about this first Retreat in the Heart of Life. I’m delighted to share this experiment with you all, wherever we each are.
We’re offering ourselves a superb opportunity to live Zen practice and our entire lives as an endlessly vibrant and creative improvisation.

It’s not too late to join in; info and sign up:

By | 2015-10-08T17:34:14+01:00 février 10th, 2011|Retraites au coeur de la vie|24 Comments

About the Author:

Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.


  1. céu 11 avril 2016 at 18 h 00 min - Reply

    the plan it was going work;
    after writhing some portuguese words on this place I began my way to go work by driving and I provoke an accident (Crash) whit other car (everything ok whit me and other people) only cars are broken

    I thought in the « including others »
    the man which I disturb the daybeginning was a nice person

    other way, the possibility to be here and to read and to right whit you all

    grande abraço

  2. Isabel 14 février 2011 at 23 h 50 min - Reply

    Just arrived home, after travelling along – metro, bus, rain and wind. And then take my dog outside, smelling around, letting her traces on the traces of others. And such a tenderness seeing how serious she is on doing so.
    I embrace you. May you sleep well. Such a blessing this being here with you all.

  3. Peter 14 février 2011 at 23 h 49 min - Reply

    I am very happy to sit with you all in this wonderful unpredictable experiment…
    No time for zazen this morning, as usual my two boys were up early and we played football and handball on the driveway before they left for school
    Warm greetings from Down Under

  4. Sarah 14 février 2011 at 20 h 47 min - Reply

    good evening hearts
    time is different here in London – or is it
    am i late or not?
    whatever….I sit
    deep bow

  5. Brigitte 14 février 2011 at 19 h 03 min - Reply

    Hie Tania, hie Christel, Tjeerd, Christine, Sheila, etc.. Hie everybody,

    Nice to participate with you all to this middle of life sesshin, living together in a inhabitual (unfortunately !)

    Well, Amy’s poem’s words keep resonating in me, calling me again and again, to myself, to the present, to you all because we are all together in this sesshin HERE WE ARE, right now, writing this e-mail, travelling back from work, thinking, preparing supper and so and so. and thougts
    Here we are, through/with space and time, events, thoughts and feeling, "are-ing, am-ing"
    kisses and hug

  6. claire 14 février 2011 at 18 h 57 min - Reply

    Hello everyone and Thank you Amy Sensei for organizing this. It makes a difference in my sitting and in my day, to feel that we are connected through this retreat.

  7. António at Portugal 14 février 2011 at 17 h 44 min - Reply

    Sitting at 7:30 am (Paris time), but actually starting later, due to organized mess! Evening sitting to be anticipated by half an hour.
    Blogg sitting …a new experience! It may work …who knows …who is it the one who knows???

  8. Ana Cristina 14 février 2011 at 17 h 06 min - Reply

    Good morning everyone on this first day of retreat.
    All the tasks I’m running on this day are to be lived differently.
    I feel your presence and this is very interesting. I am connected with you through space.

    Thank you, thank you sensei

  9. michelange 14 février 2011 at 17 h 02 min - Reply

    I started this day sitting with others, walked into the city in the compnay of many, Valentine’s Day lunch was improvised on the spur of the moment, and am now reading these comments with a 9 month old Buddha on my knees. They say the Buddha has 32 distinguishing marks. And I see them!
    Her 32 distinguishing marks are … Chicken pox!!!!

    hugs to all


  10. sophie 14 février 2011 at 13 h 54 min - Reply

    "On ne voit rien, on n’entend rien.
    Et cependant, quelque chose rayonne en silence".
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

    Et joie ineffable pour moi dans cette sesshin,
    and I bow…

  11. Tiago 14 février 2011 at 12 h 46 min - Reply

    Good morning to all! wonderful to sit with you all this early morning in the middle of life as it is.
    Thank you Sensei for this initiative!

  12. Lisa 14 février 2011 at 11 h 19 min - Reply

    Good morning still! how wonderful it is to read all these comments of all of us scattered all over but also all together…

    thank you Amy for such an incredible experience.
    have a wonderful day and see you tonight for those in Paris.

  13. Flamme d´or 14 février 2011 at 10 h 58 min - Reply

    Wonder full to sit this morning a little bit earlier then the schedule and though, it was a start of retreat with you all there and present. Thank you!

  14. Isabel 14 février 2011 at 10 h 43 min - Reply

    Bonjour, bom dia. Here we are in the heart of our life. Thank you all, thank you Sensei. Thank You life.

  15. Fabrizio 14 février 2011 at 9 h 54 min - Reply

    Hello. There was a moment, when bowing in front of the little Bouddha in my room, before sittig this morning, 7:30 am, that I felt the presence of all the other guys ready to sit with me. Good way of starting this first day.

  16. Adriano 14 février 2011 at 9 h 51 min - Reply

    Good Morning to all,

    Gaia – Portugal: i sat feeling the cold air, its feels good. all is quiet, though is moving.

  17. terre d'éveil 14 février 2011 at 9 h 51 min - Reply

    Goodmorning, I sat alone at my attic in Doorn (Netherlands) and together (with you all) I watched the room filling candle light fading away in the awakening light of this new day…

  18. tu es cela 14 février 2011 at 9 h 02 min - Reply

    Bonjour all. Sat with a few others in Montreuil, growing "in" with the morning light growing "out," joined by the little tan cat, the Indian Ocean lapping at our feet.

  19. Hugo 14 février 2011 at 5 h 59 min - Reply

    Good morning all,
    Also from the Indian Ocean in Maputo we just started our morning sitting.

  20. Tomas 14 février 2011 at 1 h 56 min - Reply

    Greetings from Sri Lanka, here in the heart of life! Morning meditation and kriya yoga with the sound of the crows and of the Indian Ocean, just before the sunrise…

  21. tu es cela 11 février 2011 at 15 h 52 min - Reply

    Don’t know about Facebook, as I’m not on it.
    I’ll offer interviews by Skype in designated periods.
    On the final group email, I’ll mention the "new media" possibilities.
    Also, feel free to contact others by email; that’s why I left addresses visible on group email I sent.

  22. David 11 février 2011 at 14 h 42 min - Reply

    Are there any other participants on Facebook and/or Skype?
    These media can help to connect in a more personal way.

  23. tu es cela 11 février 2011 at 13 h 01 min - Reply

    still working on that aspect (interviews) of the improv. will keep everyone posted.
    samu? here’s something to chew on: it’s either all samu or none of it is, or it’s neither one nor the other. or none of the above. or all…
    ultimately, we’re left with this, no sneakers included: just do it.

  24. michelange 11 février 2011 at 5 h 30 min - Reply

    I can’t wait! what’s the schedule for interviews … or samu lol !

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