THE STORY? So originally this weekend, we were supposed to be having a retreat with Brad Warner, but he had to cancel (we are hoping he will reschedule). But hey, people had taken time out and were looking forward to a two day sit. And since sittin' comes first, that's what we are going to do.

WHEN? Saturday, August 4th starting at 9am. Then Sunday, August 5th starting at 9am. We won't be staying overnight. Just two all day sits. Back to back.

WHERE? 1420 Finnland Dr (37207). A beautiful AirBNB just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville (no really, check out the pictures). Out of town enough to be wooded and scenic but close enough to be convenient.

WHAT? A super casual commuter meditation retreat focused on just sitting.

WHY? Because sitting's good for you. At least while you are doing it, you ain't doing any harm. Plus you'll be supporting your pals and they'll be supporting you. In the end, what could be better?

AT WHAT COST? Look. Just come. If you got cash, then please give $50 per day or whatever you can afford. If you can't afford to pay anything, that's ok. Come sit anyway. Pay what you can at:

CONCLUSION? Sorry to spring this on you last minute. I'd be all grandiose about it and say it's the manic pixie inside me but really the details just came together this weekend. I'll get a schedule posted later this week.
Send any questions you got to or hit me up on Facebook messager.

Thanks for hanging in there. You're the best sangha a sitter like me could ever hope for.
~ Steph

No Sit this Saturday at ATS-N (our usual place), because....

Steph and I will be joining the Zen Group of Chattanooga for their Zazenkai, this Saturday. Sensei will be in attendance along with Sengaku Dan Joslyn! Come down to Chattanooga and meet your Dharma Brothers and Sisters, just 2 hrs. down I-24! See the NZC Facebook post for details!  


Special Just for You!! 5:00am sit THIS SATURDAY!!!

Back by Popular Demand! 5:00 am sit this Saturday! Wow, what could possibly be better? Nothing! right? Will be serving tea at 5ish. Be whining!!


No Sitting on 5/26 and yet I have excellent news! 

Hey Everybody,

We won't be sitting this Saturday (5/26). All the openers are out on vacation with their families.

But I do have a spot of rather excellent news.

Brad Warner is coming to Nashville. Yes. *That* Brad Warner.

We are co-hosting a weekend with Against the Stream. And, the best part is, he bringing Dave Cuomo with him. Yes. *Our* Dave.

So save the dates:

Saturday, August the 4th
to Sunday, August the 5th

Details will be forthcoming as we hammer them our with our lovely sister-sangha, Against The Stream Nashville, Brad, and Dave.

Enjoy your Saturday Morning, everyone.

And a lovely Memorial Day Weekend to all.




Zen This Week: Outdoor Sittin' Saturday (4/28) at Edwin Warner Park

Tuesday Night @ 7pm || Two Rounds of Sitting plus One Talk.
The talk? I'm going back to basics this week with the Granddaddy of Soto Zen, Dogen, and his take on how to sit and why we sit. For those of my fellow book nerds playing at home, I'm talking to tonight about the Fukanzazengi. Come out and see us. I'll actually have sweets this time, I swear.
Saturday Morning @ 7am to noon || OUTDOOR SIT AT EDWIN WARNER PARK!
The outdoor sittin' is simply the best!
Come join us for another outdoor sit starting at 7am on this Saturday (4/28) at Shelter 7 in Edwin Warner Park! Again, we'll be sitting at Shelter 7 (write that down kids, there are *alot* of shelters out there). Here are google directions from downtown (just plug your address in to the first address field and it will take you *straight* to the shelter
You can also email for directions if that's more your speed. On the day of, if you get lost, just message Steph Elder on Facebook. I'll have my phone by my side and I'll can direct you on your way in.
Wear removable layers! The weather report says it's supposed to be 66F but it's been mistaken recently. It's Tennessee! Be prepared for any clime! Hot and cold alike!
Remember: We won't be sitting on Gallatin. We are packing off the Great Wild Wonder of this fantastic municipal park!
We start sitting at 7am have the place booked until 3pm. We continue sitting for as long as we have bodhisattvas wanting to sit. 
Come out and enjoy the rentless and unstoppable majesty of nature with your fellow zanny zennies! Yes, we will have coffee and something to eat.
~ Steph