Transforming the Inner Critic: Weekend Workshop

Date: May 26 - 28, 2023

Time: Friday, May 26th - 5:00 pm to Sunday, May 28th - 1:00 pm

Location: Great Vow Zen Monastery

Address: 79640 Quincy Mayger Road, Clatskanie, OR, USA

Event fee includes: two nights lodging, vegetarian/vegan meals, and teaching.

Price: $190 - $225

Transforming the Inner Critic: Weekend Workshop

May 26 - 28, 2023

Friday, May 26th - 5:00 pm to Sunday, May 28th - 1:00 pm


Everyone has an Inner Critic. Sometimes experienced as an inner voice of clear criticism and judgement, directed inside or at others. Sometimes experienced energetically or wordlessly. When out of balance the Inner Critic has the potential to destroy relationships, turn our mind towards anxiety and depression, sap our physical energy and undermine our spiritual practice, creativity and careers.

Yet the Inner Critic is not the enemy. It contains the wisdom of discernment. Rather than try to destroy or silence this powerful voice, our work is to become strong and clear enough to stand up to it, hear its truth, yet widen our view.

During this retreat, we will dip in and out of the silent support of the monastic schedule and grounds. We will take up tools through both Buddhist inquiry practices and Voice Dialogue practice to clarify and transform our relationship to the Inner Critic. This retreat will also include group discussions and interactive exercises. You may want to bring a journal.


This retreat is in person only! Let’s spend time together!

Participants must be fully vaccinated including a booster AND take a rapid Covid antigen test before driving to the monastery.

The Covid situation is changing fast. Please stay tuned for updated requirements for in-person retreats.


A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot.



Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi