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Cultivating your Mindfulness Garden:
A Zen Based Mindfulness Training


A 6-week virtual mindfulness training

January and February 2024



Randy Wolbert, LMSW, Zen Rōshi

Ronda Reitz, PhD

Martin St-Andre MDCM, Zen Sensei


Virtual via Zoom

January 10th to February 14th, 2024

Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm Central Time (Chicago, USA)

2024 Tuition: $350

Please inquire if you are in need of tuition assistance​


Registration is required, and space is limited.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Describe and practice techniques of Zen Meditation (There is an expectation of short daily practice during the duration of the course)

  2. Describe the relationship between meditation and mindfulness

  3. List at least three ways that Zen and Behavior Therapy are compatible

  4. Describe Wise mind as the synthesis of doing and being mind

  5. Describe the role of radical acceptance in the reduction of suffering

  6. List the 4 noble truths and the middle path

  7. Develop a plan of starting and/or sustaining a mindfulness practice

The Practice of Zen

The practice of Zen originated from Buddhism in China around the 6th century. Zen is the practice of mindful meditation. The practice is compatible with other spiritual practices including Christian contemplation, Kabbalah and Sufism. It was studied extensively by Marsha Linehan and is fully integrated into the practice of DBT. This workshop will explore the origins of mindfulness in psychotherapy, how to practice Zen meditation, the specific Zen related skills contained in DBT and developing and/or sustaining your own mindfulness practice.


Randy Wolbert, LMSW, Rōshi

Randy is a long time Zen student of Marsha Linehan. Randy was recognized by Willigis Jaeger as a Zen teacher in 2016 and was confirmed as a Zen teacher in 2018 by Marsha Linehan. In 2021 he received transmission as a dharma heir of Zen Master (Rōshi) Greg Mayers. He has lead mindfulness workshops and Zen mindfulness retreats in the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Germany.

He is a certified DBT Practitioner and a former full time trainer and consultant with Behavioral tech.  He has close to 30 years of experience in the provision of DBT.


Ronda Reitz, PhD

Ronda is a DBT therapist in every sense of the word. She is very committed to having an equal relationship between therapist and client. She focuses firmly on adhering to the principles of DBT, and has committed a large part of her career to training and preparing other therapists to provide high-quality therapy.


Martin St-André, MDCM, Zen Sensei

Martin St-André, MDCM, FRCPC is a perinatal and infant psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Perinatal and Early Childhood Psychiatry Clinic, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center in Montreal. He is Associate Clinical Professor at Université de Montréal. Martin has studied Zen since 1999 with Albert Low, Marsha Linehan and now with Randy Wolbert. Martin was appointed as an authorized Zen teacher by Randy Wolbert, Roshi, in 2023.

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