ZEN Sanctuary has become an icon of health and wellness in Kensington. Over the past 10 years, owner Chance Billmeyer and his staff have created a vibrant healing community that serves the local residents as well as the larger San Diego community and beyond. Clients and patients come from as far away as Norway and Alaska to receive healing therapy.
ZEN was founded by Chance Billmeyer on October 6, 2003 and opened it's door with a big celebration of over 200 people. "The parking lot was transformed into a dining hall with a sushi chef, white linen tables and candlelight. I remember it was the weekend before the first big fire in San
Diego. We were lucky to have our opening before all of the ash began to fall and we quickly responded to the needs of those effected by the fire. We created a massage recovery program where a portion of the massage would go to the fire victims. We also created a Fire Package with soothing essential oils and other calming remedies that clients could purchase and give to friends or people they know to help with the anxiety surrounding the event," said Chance.
As ZEN's clientale continued to grow, so did ZEN and in 2005 ZEN added more space and completely renovated the sanctuary to it's current beauty. RAZ & Majette Interior Design occupied the space to the west of ZEN and when they moved out, ZEN added this space to their operations. This created a special room for Debbie Burgeson called the Cherry Blossom room, to offer skincare to our
"I remember working on a client during the construction. At one point, the roofers were removing the old roof and installing a new one. They had to cut through the ceiling. Unbeknownst to me, the roofer cut through the ceiling while my client was face down receiving a massage. I looked up at the roofer and the sunshine now filling the room with a concerned look. I told my client what had just happened and asked him if he wanted to stop. He said 'no, it doesn't bother me, just keep going.' So, I continued working while the roofer cleaned out the space he had opened. It was really bizarre and definitely not in line with what ZEN is all about," Chance said.
ZEN changed it's name in 2012 to simplify and emphasize it's purpose as a sanctuary: a place of refuge from the stress and challenges of everyday life. "ZEN continues to showcase art and culture. Our participation in local art events and our own events such as the Koinbori, or Children's Day Coloring Contest, reflect our original name ZEN BodyMind Sanctuary & Studio. However, this name is too long so we shortened it to what everyone referred to and knew us by, ZEN Sanctuary," said Chance.
ZEN Sanctuary offers time for contemplation during it's Meditation Hour and give back to the community through it's quarterly Open Houses. The staff at ZEN Sanctuary continually research, seek out additional education, and provide the latest therapy for Skincare, Massage, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Moving Meditation and Medicinal Herbs. Many of the staff are faculty at local colleges teaching what they provide while at ZEN. "We are looking forward to the next 10 years. We are passionate about what we do and are so grateful to be part of the Kensington community," said Chance.
Today, ZEN has a very diverse and professional staff of health professionals. The center is open seven days a week Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- and offers Meditation every Sunday at 8 a.m.
ZEN Sanctuary will be holding a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday September 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. Look for future announcements.
To see a complete list of our current Health Professionals, please click here.
For more information about ZEN Sanctuary, please go to their website at www.zensanctuary.com
ZEN Sanctuary is located at: 4183 Adams Avenue, San Diego CA 92116
Phone: (800) 818-0293
Online Booking: ZENSanctuary Online Booking
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.