Sara Shinei Monial

Sara Shinei Monial is an ordained monastic Great Vow. She has been practicing meditation intensively since 2007, and has practiced closely with various teachers including Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, Hogen Bays, Roshi, and Satya Vayu. Shinei has a BA in Education, but left the field 11 years ago to pursue full-time spiritual practice. She is one of the founders of Touching Earth Sangha in Portland, whose intention is simple living in harmony with the natural world. Shinei also teaches yoga and practices long distance running.

Events with Sara Shinei Monial

Welcome Home! A Weekend In-Person Retreat At Great Vow & Online
June 4, 2021

June Homecoming Retreat will be Great Vow Zen Monastery’s first in-person meditation retreat since March 2020. We will also be offering this retreat online. After a year of quarantine, how much time did we each really spend at home. This year, many of us have done some deep house cleaning and remodeling but did we also remember to attend to the neglected corners of our bodies, hearts, and minds? Our entire self deserves our full attention and so does everyone and everything we encounter. Wherever we are, our true home is always found here – if we have the courage to look for…

July Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat
July 4, 2021

This retreat will be held in the Mountains, Pacific Northwest Wilderness, USA. Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you understand, experience, and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment reality, supported and challenged by the natural landscape, weather, and sesshin schedule. This is an intensive meditation retreat. We will hike into the mountains, set up a base camp and follow a structured, silent daily schedule. Each day…

2nd July Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat
July 18, 2021

This retreat will be held in the Mountains, Pacific Northwest Wilderness, USA. Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you understand, experience, and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment reality, supported and challenged by the natural landscape, weather, and sesshin schedule. This is an intensive meditation retreat. We will hike into the mountains, set up a base camp and follow a structured, silent daily schedule. Each day…

August Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin: A Weeklong Meditation Retreat
August 29, 2021

This retreat will be held in the Mountains, Pacific Northwest Wilderness, USA. Previous meditation retreat and backpacking experience is highly recommended. Immerse yourself in the silent wisdom of the forest, mountains, and sky. Allow these wild places to awaken within you and inform how you understand, experience, and embody this life. This retreat is an invitation to dive deep into present moment reality, supported and challenged by the natural landscape, weather, and sesshin schedule. This is an intensive meditation retreat. We will hike into the mountains, set up a base camp and follow a structured, silent daily schedule. Each day…