Earth and Sky: Meditation in Nature

Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei

June 28 - July 2, 2017

I have come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers
and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars.
Dogen Zenji (1200-1253)


Come experience Earth and Sky, a meditation retreat in the natural beauty of southern Utah. Join Zen Teacher Diane Musho Hamilton and learn from the elements in the stunning beauty of the red rock desert of Torrey, Utah. 


We will engage the natural world on its terms, learning to speak in Nature’s language, our original speech. Giving and receiving will be a theme.


We are located near the Capitol Reef National Park, in the heart of Utah's red rock country. This retreat marks the beginning of the Two Arrows Zen summer retreat schedule, with opportunities for a variety of experiences, from the formal practice of zazen to shamanic exchange with the natural world.


If you are new to meditation this is an ideal introductory retreat. Those who have an interest in formal study with Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei will also find this is a good opportunity to explore the forms and range of our practice.



During this journey of five days you will:


-- Engage meditation practice in a natural setting and in the new Torrey Zendo.

-- Become intimate with the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Space in Nature.

-- Learn about listening and exchange with our natural home.

-- Experience the support of a community of practice.

-- Enjoy healthy and delicious meals, with vegetarian options.


The retreat is filled.

Please use the link to add your name to the waiting list.


(subject to adjustments)


Wednesday, June 28 

4-6 pm Check-in and socializing

6-9 pm Dinner, Orientation, Evening Session


Thursday - Saturday, June 29-July 1

6 am - 8:30 pm Program


Sunday, July 2

7 am - noon Program and Close





Flights should be booked into Salt Lake City, Utah. Driving directions to Torrey will be provided in your registration confirmation letter. The drive from Salt Lake City is about 3 1/2 hours and there is no public transportation. Participants are encouraged to coordinate ride shares from Salt Lake City to arrive no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, June 28. On Sunday, July 2 the program will end at noon. (No early departures.) 



You will enjoy three healthy and nutritious meals a day during the retreat. We always offer a vegetarian option for the main course. Food is prepared in an outdoor kitchen. The same meal is served to all.


If you have medically indicated dietary needs, such as strictly gluten-free or lactose-free, we ask that you inform us in advance. A limited selection of gluten-free bread and cereals will be available on request. A medically diagnosed allergy to seafood or nuts requires that you inform us and maintain your own rescue medication, such as an epi-pen. Refrigeration space is very limited and is not available for retreatant use, so please bring a cooler for your own items, including medications. The nearest full-service grocery is 18 miles from Torrey; there is a local general merchandise convenience store.



Late June and early July are beautiful in Torrey. However, the day/night temperature swings in the high desert can be extreme.  Always expect the possibility of rain and/or wind. Bring a water bottle, a brimmed hat, good closed-toe hiking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen, and clothing you can layer. You will get a complete gear list with your orientation letter. 

Daytime outings may require driving up to a half-hour to the destination. Hikes are generally short and on moderate terrain. A hiking stick to navigate uneven ground may be helpful.


The event registration form includes options to reserve lodging and camping space provided by Two Arrows Zen. You will receive confirmation as spaces are assigned.

SANGHA HOUSE: Two Arrows Zen maintains a beautiful Sangha House in Torrey, within driving distance of the retreat site. Shared dormitory-style lodging, BYO pillow and sleeping bag is $30/night. There is one room with queen bed and full bedding for $50/night. Located in the Rainbow Ridge area of Torrey you will enjoy an exquisite view of the red rock cliffs and a comfortable, spacious living space, including a fully equipped kitchen and two full baths with tubs. Sheets, towels, and Internet service are included. The Sangha House is located about 3 miles from the Zendo and is a lovely bike ride, a 30-minute walk, or a 5-minute drive. A maximum of 8 spaces are available.

CAMPING: A limited number of camping spaces are available on-site at the Zendo property for $10/night. There is a bathhouse with toilets and showers. Bring your own camping equipment and towels. Nights can be cool in the high desert. Always expect the possibility of rain and/or wind.  (Please note, as of 6/18 all camping spaces are taken.)


There are also many reasonably priced motels and cabin rentals in and near Torrey. For current listings consult Trip Advisor or similar sites.


Lodgings closest to the zendo, within a five-minute walk, are:


-- Sandcreek Camp and RV (overflow camping will be referred to Sandcreek)

-- Torrey Trading Post Cabins

-- Capitol Reef Inn

-- Motel Torrey (formerly The Boulderview Inn)

-- Austin's Chuck Wagon Motel