Art of



Rooting Practice in Community

Seasonal 11-week Practice Series / Yearlong Program

with Lisa Genki Gibson & Brooke Teisui McNamara

The Art of Meditation Practice Series are an opportunity for you to come home to your life, awakening to who you really are and to the liberation and vitality that is available in each moment. 


Practice Series

The Art of Meditation Practice Series are 1-hour weekly practice sessions of meditation, interpersonal practice and study, held seasonally over the course of 11 weeks.


Through the practice of Zen meditation, the wisdom of ancient and modern teachings, and a community of wholehearted practitioners, these series will be an anchor to your week and an inspiration to engage fully and freshly with the world around you. With guidance from Lisa Genki Gibson Sensei and Brooke Teisui McNamara Sensei, teachers in the Soto Zen lineage of Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi, these offerings will accompany you throughout the year to awaken to the vastness of who you are, and to enact this wisdom and compassion in your daily life.

Under cherry trees, there are no strangers.

~ Kobayashi Issa

This year long offering comprises three separate 11-week seasonal Practice Series.


Winter Series: January 16 - April 2 (no class January 30)

Spring Series: April 30 - July 9

Fall Series: September 10 - November 19


7:30-8:30am PT | 8:30-9:30am MT
9:30-10:30am CT | 10:30-11:30am ET
3:30-4:30pm UTC | 4:30-5:30pm CET

Enrol in the seasonal series, or sign up for the

Year Long program at a discounted rate.

Join 11

Week Series

USD $130, $190, $250 


Enrol in

Year-Long Program

USD $340, $520, $700


Please choose the price that works for your current financial context. All those paying higher amounts will ensure opportunities for those with financial constraints.


We would be honoured and delighted for you to join us at whatever level serves you best.


~ 3 partial scholarships are available for BIPOC, current registered students, and those with significant financial constraints.~

Art of Meditation Practice Series is anchored in practices and perspectives from the Zen tradition, enriched by explorations in interpersonal skills, that all point us to  recognize that there is fundamentally no separation between ourselves and others. This is a space to directly discover the truth of who you are, and to manifest this insight naturally and uniquely on and off your cushion. 


Each week we meet for one brief but potent hour online. Together we meditate for 30 minutes, and spend the other 30 minutes exploring teachings, discussion, and connection around the profound, simple, and wild practice of Zen meditation. We look forward to offering a warm, strong container for you to come practice meditation in community with us, simply sitting as our whole selves so that we might respond freshly with wisdom and compassion to each moment.

Live in this place

as you were meant to and then,

surprised by your abilities,

become the ancestor of it all,

the quiet, robust and blessed Saint

that your future happiness

will always remember.


~ David Whyte


Brooke Teisui McNamara and Lisa Genki Gibson are transmitted Zen teachers and lineage holders in the Soto lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi through Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi. Their intertwined paths of meditation, motherhood, leadership, and creativity are a source of endless complexity, insight, and joy. They host workshops and retreats through their locally based centers, Dragon Lake Zen in Boulder, CO and Dragon Moon Zen in Vancouver, BC, and collaborate in various online offerings. 


Lisa Gibson is a facilitator, coach, systems change consultant and transmitted lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition. She supports individuals, groups and systems enact their larger potential and work across difference to create a more just, caring and sustainable world. As a Zen teacher and committed student of reality, she is passionate about the potency of meditation practice to deepen our expression of wisdom, compassion and joy in everyday life. Lisa is based in Vancouver, Canada with her family on the unceded ancestral lands and waters of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Wauthuth Nations where the mountains, trees  and her family are a constant source of inspiration.

Brooke McNamara, MFA, is a poet, creativity coach, and transmitted Zen teacher and lineage holder. She has published two books of poems: Bury the Seed and Feed Your Vow. She loves to create poems from 3 main ingredients: the raw material of everyday life, wholehearted and visceral listening, and the mind of meditation. Brooke has taught at Naropa University in Yoga Studies and at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Dance. She is a founding teacher at Dragon Lake Zen, and teaches in-person and online courses and retreats to facilitate the awakening of innate wisdom, compassion, artistry, and play. Originally from San Diego, Brooke now lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, Rob, and their two sons, Lundin and Orion. 

I have failed my practice many times,
but my practice has never failed me.”

~ Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi