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Amy Tu Es Cela Hollowell, Roshi

The Zen teacher and poet Roshi Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her children and making a living as a journalist.

From 1995 to 2001, she lived in the nonmonastic Zen community Dana Sangha, which she helped her teacher, Roshi Catherine Genno Pagès, create in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris. In 2004, Amy was recognized by Roshi Genno as her successor, officially receiving « dharma transmission, » and she then founded Wild Flower Zen in Paris.

She has long been a staff editor at the International Herald Tribune. Named one of the leading English-language poets in France by The Café Review and Ekleksographia, she is the author of several collections of poetry and her work has appeared in numerous publications in Europe and the United States. She is a former student of the writing program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, founded by Chogyam Trungpa in Boulder, Colorado.

Married and the mother of two children, she lives in Montreuil.

Zen meditation is an act of freedom.
Whoever and wherever you are, it constitutes
a radical plunge into the heart and art of life.

Welcome to the Wild Flower Zen Sangha, a borderless community of Zen practitioners. The world is our meditation hall, the earth is the altar. We have no monks, no priests, no robes, no walls. Everyone is invited to join us here and now, in our weekly meditation practices and our workshops and retreats throughout the year.

Based in Paris, where it was founded by the Zen teacher Roshi Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell, and with affiliate groups in Portugal, Wild Flower Zen Sangha is rooted in the ancient teachings of the Buddha and is therefore dedicated to actively engaging in the whole of life, flourishing moment to moment, with wisdom and compassion.

In the Wild Flower Zen Sangha, that practice is radical : The universe is our zendo, the earth is the altar, all beings are buddhas and hungry ghosts and they all belong to our sangha, the dharma is everywhere we turn, our practice is to include whatever arises wherever we are.

Wild Flower Zen Sangha is registered in France as an „association loi 1901”.

Zenscribe is the Web notebook of Amy Hollowell Sensei, founder of the Wild Flower Zen Sangha and dharma successor of Catherine Genno Pagès Roshi in the Soto Zen lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, founder of the Los Angeles Zen Center.

Please access the zenscribe website via the link in a new browser window:


Wildflower Zenscribe - website
Wildflower Zenscribe – website

…more to come…

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Two events in november are tentative. Check back about dates:

Early November*: Residential meditation retreat @ Coimbra (Portugal)

November*:  Heart of Life Retreat @ wherever you are, followed by a Day of Meditation Practice @ Centre Wild Flower (Paris)

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About Retreats...

Wild Flower offers one-day, weekend and weeklong retreats, as well as Retreats in the Heart of Life. Retreats are precious opportunities to join with others to deepen our meditation practice in an environment devoted only to that. At retreats, we step away from, or “retreat” from, our usual activities, worries and cares.

In life and on retreat, our practice is to sit where we are, with whatever arises. We seek to not be limited by how we want things to be or how we think things should be, and to make do with what we have and appreciate our life just as it is at this very moment.

In daily life as in retreat life, no matter where we are and what arises, true freedom lies in improvising in response to and in accord with the circumstances. If we don’t, we do nothing but imprison ourselves with expectations of how we want or think things should be.

Wild Flower propose des retraites d’une journée, d’un week-end et d’une semaine, ainsi que des retraites au Cœur de la Vie. Les retraites sont des opportunités précieuses pour se retrouver avec d’autres et approfondir la pratique de la méditation dans un environnement prévu à cet effet. Au cours des retraites, nous nous écartons de nos activités, soucis et préoccupations habituels, nous nous mettons «en retrait».

Dans la vie et en retraite, notre pratique consiste à nous asseoir là où nous sommes, avec tout ce qui surgit. Nous cherchons à ne pas être limités par ce que nous voulons que les choses soient ou par ce que nous pensons que les choses devraient être ; nous cherchons à faire avec ce que nous avons à portée de main et à apprécier notre vie comme elle est en cet instant même.

Dans la vie quotidienne comme en retraite, où que nous soyons et quel que soit ce qui se produit, la liberté réside dans notre capacité à « improviser » en réponse aux circonstances et en accord avec elles. Si nous ne le faisons pas, nous ne parvenons qu’à nous enfermer dans nos attentes.

Weekly Meditation...

Weekly Meditation

The regular practice of meditation is like the regular practice of any discipline or activity: The more we practice or train, the more skillful we become. To help support a regular meditation practice, Wild Flower offers sessions a number of sessions each week.

The group meditates together and Roshi Amy Hollowell is available for individual meetings with participants. A teaching by Amy or a group discussion or question-and-answer period is provided once a week.

Location: Wild Flower Center, 2 passage Courtois, 75011 Paris.


  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 pm-10 pm.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 8.00 am-9.00 am.
  • Introduction to meditation: Wednesday 7 pm – 8:30

Financial contribution: To help support the functioning of the association, we ask non-members to contribute a minimum of 5€ for the evening session and 3€ for the morning session. First session is free.There are monthly or annual membership options, which both offer unlimited access to all weekly meditation sessions and special rates for week-end retreats. Annual: 480 euros; monthly: 40 euros. Please contact us for reduced rates.



La pratique régulière de la méditation est similaire à la pratique régulière de toute discipline ou activité : plus nous pratiquons ou nous nous formons, plus nous devenons habiles. Pour nous aider à avoir une pratique régulière de la méditation, Wild Flower propose toutes les semaines des séances de pratique.

Le groupe médite ensemble et Roshi Amy Hollowell est disponible, certaines séances, pour des entretiens individuels avec les participants. Un enseignement est dispensé par Amy, suivi d’une discussion en groupe ou des questions-réponses une fois par semaine.

Lieu: Centre Wild Flower, 2 passage Courtois, 75011 Paris.

Horaires :

  • Lundi, Mercredi, Vendredi: 20h-22h.
  • Mardi, Jeudi: 8h00-9h00.
  • Initiation à la méditation : Mercredi 19h – 20h30

Participation financière: Pour couvrir les frais de fonctionnement de l’association, une participation de 5€ minimum est demandée aux non-membres de l’association pour les assises du soir et 3€ pour le matin. La première séance est gratuite. Pour une pratique régulière, cotisation annuelle (480 euros ) ou mensuelle (40 euros) qui permet de participer aux séances hebdomadaires. Nous contacter pour les tarifs réduits (demandeurs d’emploi, étudiants…).

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Wild Flower Zen - Portugal
Wild Flower Zen – Portugal
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