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Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, or Soryu-ji is a Soto Zen practice center located near Muir Beach, California that practices in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. In addition to its Zen training program, the center also manages an organic farm and gardens. Founded in 1972 by the San Francisco Zen Center and Zentatsu Richard Baker, the site is located on 115acre in a valley seventeen miles north of San Francisco and offers a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year. The land is an inholding of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has much wildlife within its borders. In addition to meditation retreats, offerings include classes and workshops on the Japanese tea ceremony and gardening. While Green Gulch Farm has a residential monastery and retreat center, guest house, and conference center, it has also become recognized as a place where organic farmers can come to learn the tools of their trade. One of the original architects of the gardens at Green Gulch was the renowned late horticulturist Alan Chadwick—who had introduced the biodynamic farming techniques influenced by Rudolf Steiner on the farm. Chadwick's grave is marked by a stupa on site. Author Fenton Johnson writes that Green Gulch Farm, "...serve as a model for living on the land in the context of a Zen Buddhist practice."
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  • I loved the farm, you can walk through it, on the way to the beach. In summer they sell produce, and you can admire the flowers. I loved the numerous benches and Buddha statues - beautiful and...  more »
  • We were allowed to walk into and through this farm and what a beautiful place it is. many crops were being grown. The restaurant at the Pelican Inn nearby serves delicious Zen Bread from Green Gulch.....  more »

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