Doron Yoga Zen Center, DYZC is a spiritual, no-nonsense retreat center (ashram) that seeks practical solutions, based on real experiences rather than religious dogma. Self-responsibility, honesty, integrity, transparency and care for each other are foundational values.
We study, practice and integrate yoga and Zen infused with regenerative living inspired by permaculture and the flexitarian method along with mindfulness actions. We seek to involve the local community with our practices of The Yoga Lifestyle.
Unlearn our limiting conditioning in the safe home we offer. Learn how to live a joyful life including, art, yummy nutrition, dance and philosophy programs to realize our full potential.
DYZC offers in-depth study and practice programs, along with lighthearted dance and play.
How The Doron Yoga & Zen Center Came to Life
The vision for a Zen, Yoga, Art Center has been cultivating within me for about 25 years, since I first stayed at ashrams in India. The lifestyle of living with others sharing the same practice, the support of the community (sangha) and a lead teacher has made a great difference in my growth and practice.
I maintained a joyful yoga lifestyle even while running an art and fashion photography studio in New York City. I always took time off to practice in Zen centers and monasteries, yoga ashrams, artists’ residencies, and retreat centers. Stepping away from my daily routine served as a great jumpstart and improvement for my practice, calmness of mind and overall happiness. It helped me study better and deeper. Each one of these settings was amazing but none of these offered what I needed and wanted. I was seeking a Zen Yoga Retreat.
I needed a place that offers the committed, mindful and respectful practice of Zen along with greater physical movement such as a yoga center, combined with ecology / permaculture practices, so I could actually eat good, healthy, balanced food as found in some retreat centers. Top it off with an opportunity to be creative, and offer programs for the improvement of the local community, and you get my dream place.
I wrote the book: The Yoga Lifestyle: using the Flexitarian Method to Ease stress, Find Balance and Create a Healthy Life, and wanted to find a way to pass on these teachings in the most practical way. Teaching it in a retreat setting is ideal, as it offers an all-encompassing way of living along with dedicated time and space to focus on the practice with a sangha (community of like-minded people).
People on site
10 - 30
June to August
December to February
- private room
- shared rooms
- communally cooked meals
- over 80% locally sourced
- restaurant on site
- fast: streaming video
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