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Butoh retreat with Vangeline at Zen Mountain Monastery



Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

With Vangeline

February 15 - 17, 2019

How comfortable can we allow ourselves to be in our body? How deeply are we willing to plumb our own depths, to reveal our true face in the mirror? Developed in post-World War II Japan, butoh is a performance form characterized by deep investigation of  impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body practice is about “revealing” rather than “showing”. In the same way that we reveal the mind to ourself through single pointed concentration in zazen, in butoh we reveal our mind through attention in the body. So we can take this practice as a wonderful opportunity to practice concentration, regardless of our surrounding circumstances.

Zen practitioners often feel a real sense of support by sitting together in the zendo. We can also understand Butoh is born from exchange and communal work. Because butoh is not about “showing” it is also not about judging what we’ve been shown. Together in movement led by acclaimed butoh performer Vangeline France, participants will experience opportunity for great opening.

Vangeline’s Butoh classes incorporate Japanese Butoh, Bio-energetics, core energetics, elements of Noguchi gymnastics, and guided imagery to offer a high-energy workshop adapted to each group’s level of physical fitness.

Bonus Performance: Vangeline will perform her critically acclaimed solo Butoh Beethoven: Eclipse on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30pm at the Monastery.

$350.00 – Program Price

  • $250.00 – MRO Student Price

  • $315.00 – Practicing Member Price

ZMM Registrar
Any question: Call (845) 688-2228


Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.

Earlier Event: February 10
Butoh Class with Vangeline
Later Event: February 17
Butoh Class with Sindy Butz