Dr. Valerie Forstman Rôshi
Dr. Valerie Forstman Rôshi is a graduate of Brite, where she earned her Masters of Theological Studies in 2000 and PhD in Biblical Interpretation in 2007. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and a Masters of Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Along with her work in Admissions and Common Life, Dr. Forstman teaches in the areas of Hebrew Bible and Spirituality. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is also a designated Teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan Zen tradition. A first-career classical musician, Dr. Forstman continues to play professionally in area churches and ensembles.
Encounter of the Heart
Sesshin is an opportunity to plunge into silence, to rest in things just as they are, and to discover and explore the world of your own true nature. Following Sanbo-Zen tradition, this sesshin will alternate periods of sitting with walking meditation. The schedule will include a daily Zen talk, opportunities for one-to-one interviews with the teacher, and periods of work in the house or garden, another form of practice.
Recommended for students who have an established practice. Part-time participation is possible with the permission of the teacher. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about practice.
Talks given in English; individual interviews possible in a mix of English and German.