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Registration will open in July. If you are interested in attending, or in receiving information about future retreats, please email us at Thank you! 

Sangha Founder


Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. Rōshi


Dr. Linehan has studied Spiritual Direction under the guidance of Rev. Tilden Edwards and Gerald May, M.D. and Christian Contemplation under the personal guidance of Fr. Willigis Jaeger, O.S.B., Koun Rōshi a Benedictine Monk and a Zen master. She formally began Zen practice in 1986 as a student of Fr. Willigis Jaeger Rōshi and in 2002 as a student of Fr. Pat Hawk Rōshi (1942-2012). She has translated aspects of both Zen and Contemplative practices into behaviorally specific instructions for mindfulness practice that can be taught to clients in psychotherapy. She received Dharma Transmission as a Zen Master in the Diamond Sangha (of the Harada-Yasutani tradition (Sanbo-Kyodan-School) from Pat Hawk in April, 2012.  She was confirmed as a Zen Master in the Empty Cloud (Leere Wolke) Sangha by Willigis Jaeger in June, 2012.

“There’s never a good time for Mindfulness, and there’s never a bad time. 


Mindfulness is one of those things you simply do, because if you practice being aware - completely open to the universe, just exactly as it is - you will transform your life in time.” 


-Marsha M. Linehan, Roshi

Empty Cloud Mission 

To foster the teachings of Zen, as adapted to Western cultural forms and traditions; provide training in the disciplines, practices and devotions of Zen; and provide suitable surroundings, instruction and support for the teaching and practice of Zen. The Empty Cloud Sangha is incorporated as a private not for profit organization we practice Zen in the tradition of  “Leere Wolke” -Empty Cloud – Formed by Willigis Jager

Randy Wolbert Rōshi

Sangha Teacher


Randy Wolbert Rōshi 


Randy is a long time Zen Student of Marsha Linehan Ph.D. Rōshi and  Greg Mayers Rōshi.  He was appointed a Zen teacher in the Empty Cloud Sangha by Willigis Jaeger Rōshi in 2016 and his appointment was confirmed by Marsha Linehan in April of 2018. In 2021 he received transmission as a dharma heir of Zen Master (Rōshi) by Greg Mayers.   He has been involved in attending, assisting with, and leading retreats in the US, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Chile, and Argentina, and is actively expanding his international travels in 2022 and 2023 to new locations.

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