Myoan Grace Schireson Roshi and Melissa Collom, Opera Singer and Voice Coach
This workshop will begin with the stories of our historical Zen ancestors and their unique teachings by Myoan Roshi from her book Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters, and it will conclude with the attendees being coached to present their own Dharma in their own words. The first discussions will include the accomplishments of historical Zen women, their particular teachings and their appeal for today’s practitioners. The workshop will wrap-up with Melissa Collom teaching participants how to project presence and authority, how to start and finish with strength, and how to unlock the power of their own Dharma words.
Members $45. Non members $55.
Myoan Grace Schireson is a Soto Zen Dharma Heir and Abbess who trained with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and was ordained and transmitted by Sojun Mel Weitsman-roshi. She also studied koans in the Rinzai Zen tradition with Fukushima Keido-roshi at Tofuku-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. She is co-editor of Zen Bridge: The Teachings of Keido Fukushima (Wisdom, 2017). She is also the author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters (Wisdom 2009). She is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in families, group dynamics and organizational psychology. Grace currently teaches Zen through Stanford University’s Office of Religious Life.
Melissa Collom is a professional opera singer who has performed on many of the United States’ most celebrated stages. Opera News has called her an “expert raconteur” and the New York Times has praised her “appealing amber mezzo.” Her work as a presentation coach combines performance training with cognitive science to help speakers unlock the unique power of their own voices.
Melissa applies her communication skills at local, regional and national levels. In addition to maintaining an active performance schedule, she works as a professional development consultant in workshops, conferences and one-on-one coaching sessions, giving individuals the tools they need to become dynamic, powerful and authentic speakers. She has been a featured speaker at the Write/Speak/Code conference for women in tech and Pivotal Labs’ Lunchtime Talk series. She is a national trainer for the New Leaders Council.