About Lawson Sachter

Lawson Sachter is both a Zen teacher, sanctioned and ordained by Roshi Philip Kapleau, and also a licensed psychotherapist. He is president and co-director of Windhorse Zen Community, and spiritual director of the Clear Water Zen Center. Since starting Zen practice in 1969, Lawson has participated in, or conducted, over 200 meditation retreats.

His training in ISTDP began in the late 1980’s; for 25 years he attended the annual Metapsychology Symposiums led by Dr. Habib Davanloo in Montreal. His experience leading Zentensives — accredited retreats for psychotherapists — has afforded him the opportunity of working with a wide range of mental health professionals.

About Sunya Kjolhede

Sunya Kjolhede began her Zen training with Roshi Philip Kapleau in 1970, initially working for a few years on staff at the Rochester Zen Center. Over the decades she continued her sesshin and koan training as a mother. In 1994, Roshi Kapleau sanctioned her as a dharma heir, and she took ordination vows the following year. Over the years, Sunya has also worked as a hospital chaplain, and as a storyteller. She has conducted numerous meditation retreats and workshops in the United States, Mexico, and abroad. She has contributed to various publications, including The Hidden Lamp and One Bird, One Stone.

Along with her other teaching activities, Sunya travels regularly to Poland where she serves as spiritual director of the Bodhidharma Zen Center, a Polish Zen community founded by Philip Kapleau in 1975.

Lawson and Sunya are married and have four children and five grandchildren.

Zentensive Advisory Board

Course Director:
Lawson David Sachter, LCSW

Committee Members:
Sunya Kjolhede
Raina Bays, RN BSN
Jeffrey M. George, Psy.D.
Simon Goldberg, PhD
Jeffrey Goldsmith, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.
Esther Rosen, PhD