The winners of the 2011 Tassajara raffle, two return guests and one first time visitor, were chosen by random drawing on September 30.
Mark Heitner of San Francisco won third prize, a massage for two during his upcoming 2012 stay. Mark, a returning guest, had this to say about his Tassajara experience: “I always leave Tassajara with my heart lighter, wishing I had spent another day there.”
First-time guest and second prize winner Girija Brilliant, of Mill Valley, appreciated the “beauty, serenity, wonderful meals, silence in the zendo and sitting in the baths.” On her return visit, she looks forward to “a little more time to go inward.” Girija has won a three-day retreat for two in next summer’s season.
Long-time guest Patricia Knight, also of San Francisco, won the grand prize, a three-day retreat, accommodations, a massage, and transportation on the stage. “Tassajara is the place where I know I will slow down. I will sleep, I will meditate, I will contemplate, I will turn off the hurly burly of my life,” she said. “The beautiful setting, with the careful attention to esthetics, the simplicity of each day and Zen practice combine to create a very special place that I cherish and look forward to returning to each summer.”
Congratulations to these three guests and deep gratitude to everyone who showed their support for Tassajara by purchasing a ticket.
We look forward to seeing you in May of 2012.