Events with Debra Seido Martin ~ November 4 and 5, 2023

A Zen retreat with Debra Seido Martin will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The retreat is now open for registration and will be hosted by the Walla Walla Dharma Sangha. See below for contact information to register. The retreat will be a hybrid retreat, with some people attending the in-person retreat at the Vista Hermosa Retreat House in Prescott, WA, and others joining online via Zoom. 

During the retreat, Seido will discuss an important Zen text, the Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses on the Faith Mind. In this ancient poem about the nature of awakening, it says, “The Great Way is not difficult for those who do not pick and choose. When preferences are cast aside, The Way stands clear and undisguised.” How do we meet this moment in our world full of loud opinions and contentious divide from a heart-mind rooted in wisdom and compassion? Join us for a day of Zen practice and ritual intended to walk us directly into the answer to this question.

The schedule includes traditional Zen forms including silent meditation while sitting and walking, chanting, mindful lunch, dharma teaching, and group inquiry. It is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. 

Fee for the retreat will be $20 for in-person and $10 for online. Registration is now open. To register,

Please indicate which type of retreat you wish to attend – in-person or on Zoom – and write to Ruth Russo at [email protected]. Her phone number is 509-301-6410.

Ruth can accept the following payment methods:

1.   Send a physical check to 1401 Home Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362

2.   Venmo: search for @Ruth-Russo-6 and put Seido Retreat in the What’s this for? line. Email is [email protected].

3.   Give her cash at the in-person retreat.

Scholarships are available for those who can’t afford it. Those who are registered for the online retreat will receive an email a day or two before the retreat with the Zoom link for the retreat.

Seido will also be speaking at Whitman College on Sunday, November 5th at 10:30 am at the Reid Campus Ballroom.  No fee for this event and registration is not required. All are welcome!

Seido Martin is the guiding teacher of Empty Field Zen, Eugene,

She is a Zen teacher, practicing psychotherapist, and organic farmer. Seido has led retreats in our area several times and is a caring, clear and insightful teacher. In addition to meditation, there will be breakout sessions and a dharma talk.