The Callipeplon Society
About Goat-in-the-Road

Goat-in-the-Road is the site of a meditation hall and garden, located in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California. Yvonne Rand is the resident teacher. She leads regular meditation retreats lasting in duration from a half-day to three weeks. The garden offers an environment for meditation practice out of doors and compliments the formal meditation hall. The focus of teaching and practice at Goat-in-the-Road is on the cultivation of attention and the dismantling of the obstacles to stable attention which arise out of habit and conditioning.

The name Goat-in-the-Road recalls Yvonne’s early rescue of young goats from a local Spring barbecue auction, and the goats’ tendencies to escape out onto Highway 1 in Muir Beach (the original site for Yvonne’s zendo and garden).

For additional information about Goat-in-the-Road, please contact Yvonne Rand by mail:

P.O. Box 678
Philo, CA 95466


About the Callipeplon Society

The Callipeplon Society was founded in 1984 to benefit society by advancing the knowledge of Buddhism. It is a non-profit corporation organized and operated under the laws of the State of California and has qualified as a charitable entity under both federal and California law. A Board of directors consisting of five members, all outsiders, governs the Callipeplon Society. Donations to the Callipeplon Society are tax deductible.

The name “Callipeplon” means “beautiful robe” in ancient Greek. The imagery arises from the commitment of the founders of the Callipeplon Society to clothe their thoughts, words and actions in the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha which are conducive to mental clarity and universal compassion.

The Callipeplon Society sponsors various projects and activities in support of Buddhist studies, Buddhist practice, education about Buddhism and engagement in the world motivated by Buddhist principles. The Society’s principal on-going activity is sponsorship of Goat-in-the-Road, a Place for Buddhist Practice, which is located in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California. The director and principal teacher at Goat-in-the-Road is Yvonne Rand. Other activities of the Callipeplon Society include lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, and a grants program.

The Callipeplon Society is non-sectarian. Speakers and teachers come from many sectors of the Buddhist community: some are ordained, some are lay; some are westerners, some are Asian. Representatives of every Buddhist lineage are welcome.

Distinguished teachers who have appeared at events sponsored by the Callipeplon Society include Robert Aitken Roshi, Martine Batchelor, Stephen Batchelor, Ajahn Amaro Bhikkhu, Dr. Alex Berzin, Sylvia Boorstein, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Pema Chodren, Jack Engler, Ph.D., the Venerable Kenpo Gyaltsen, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Jack Kornfeld, Lama Lodro, Kenneth McLeod, Ven. Tenzin Palmo, Yvonne Rand, Dr. Miranda Shaw, Tara Tulku Rinpoche, and Dr. Robert Thurman.

For additional information about The Callipeplon Society, please contact William W. Sterling by mail:

P.O. Box 678
Philo, CA 95466