Art of Meditation


Practice Series & Refuge Retreats

with Lisa Genki Gibson & Brooke Teisui McNamara

The Art of Meditation Practice Series and Refuge Retreats are an opportunity for you to come home to your life, anchored in the practice of sitting meditation, the wisdom of ancient and modern teachings, and a growing community of wholehearted practitioners. With guidance from Lisa Genki Gibson and Brooke Teisui McNamara, senior monks 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 fullness and compassion in your daily life.

Practice Series

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

Refuge Retreats

The Refuge Retreats are seasonal half-day retreats (Sundays) designed to go deeper into the practices of meditation, embodiment, interpersonal practice and Zen study. 

~ All sessions and retreats are held online via Zoom. ~


Art of Meditation Practice Series are a space to directly discover the truth of who you are, and to manifest this insight naturally and uniquely. 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 meditation. 


Art of Meditation is anchored in practices and perspectives from the Zen tradition, and also includes explorations in interpersonal skills. We look forward to offering a warm, strong container for you to come practice meditation in community with us. To sit down together in this practice of intimate embrace and release ~ simply sitting as our whole selves. 



The seasonal Refuge Retreats are half-day deep dives into the practice of coming home to yourself. These retreats are anchored in sitting meditation practice, in addition to embodiment, interpersonal development, creative exploration, and the potent wisdom of key Zen teachers and texts.


You will have the opportunity to meet 1-1 with Brooke and Lisa for additional guidance and support around your practice questions during these retreats. With the intention of supporting you to realize and manifest wisdom and compassion in your own lives, each retreat will have a different theme connected to the season and to the current context. 

“In wonder
return to the journey,
avail yourself of the path
and walk ahead.

In light there is darkness;
where it operates
no traces remain.”

Zen Master Hongzhi



You may sign up for individual seasonal Practice Series and/or Refuge Retreats. Or, you may register once for the entire year’s offerings at a discounted rate. Read on for more details and registration information. Scholarships are available. Please email Brooke and Lisa for more details.

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


Enroll in all 2023 Art of Meditation offerings, 

including 3 Practice Series & 3 Refuge Retreats:


Investment: Please choose the price that works with your current financial context:


$800, $620, $440


Select a portion of the program 

Practice Series or Refuge Retreats


11 Week Practice Series

Tuesdays, 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

  • January 10-March 21 (11 weeks)
  • April 18-June 27 (11 weeks)
  • September 12-November 21 (11 weeks)



Please choose the price that works with your current financial context:

$150, $120, $90 - per 11-week series

Seasonal Refuge Retreats

Sundays, 8am-11am PT | 9am-12pm MT | 10am-1pm CT | 11am-2pm ET | 4pm-7pm UTC | 5pm-8pm CET

  • February 12
  • June 4
  • December 17


Please choose the price that works with your current financial context:

  • $120, $90, $60 - per Refuge Retreat





all things."



Brooke Teisui McNamara and Lisa Genki Gibson are senior monks in the Soto Zen lineage of Diane Musho Hamilton, Roshi. Their intertwined paths of meditation, motherhood, leadership, and creativity are a source of endless complexity and joy. 


Lisa Genki Gibson has been a student of Diane Musho Hamilton since 2008. As a facilitator, coach and systems change consultant, she is passionate about integrating insights from Zen practice and mindfulness traditions into the work of social change to embody new ways of being with ourselves, each other and the earth that embody care, justice and sustainability. She lives on the west coast of Canada with her beautiful family in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.

Brooke Teisui McNamara, MFA, is a poet, teacher, and meditation instructor. She has been a Zen student of Diane Musho Hamilton since 2010, and before that studied and practiced with Dorothy S. Hunt, a spiritual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti. Brooke has published two books of poems: Bury the Seed and Feed Your Vow, and has taught at Naropa University in Yoga Studies and CU Boulder in Dance. She lives with her husband and two sons in Boulder, CO on the unceded land of the Hinóno'éí  (Arapaho) and Cheyenne ​nations. 




“I have failed my practice many times,

but my practice has never failed me.”



“Today's space felt like an oasis of beauty and safety. With gratitude for the privilege of having known both of you to be such precious, immensely kind souls.”

~ Urbi Bhaduri, Yearlong Program Participant


“Lisa has an uncanny ability to help shine light in the shadows, identify what may be holding you back, and helped me to move forward with purpose.”

~  Shawna Lawson, Coaching client


“Brooke has a magical charm that sets the tone for a supportive environment. ”

 ~ Shelly Sharon, Meditation teacher & Life Alignment coach