Retreats

Retreats are intensive. They often allow for and encourage sitting through (part of) the night – health permitting. Each day there is a lecture by Jeff and at least once a day there is an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with him. This is to clarify things and resolve doubts. It is not psychological counseling, but a precious opportunity to get to the very bottom of yourself with another. Free and open to mutually discover truth, this is the original spirit of Zen Buddhist practice. One-on-one is not for discussing practice so much as presenting, revealing where you actually are.

For pictures/videos of previous retreats, please look here. Frequently asked questions can be found here.

Upcoming retreats:

August 18 – 23, 2014, Oradea, Romania.
Retreat with Jeff on the Romania/Hungary border. This retreat will run from the evening of August 18 to the night of August 23, 2014, in Oradea, Romania. All are welcome.

  • Venue: Posticum, Oradea, Romania.
  • Start/End Time: Evening of Monday August 18 to the afternoon of Saturday August 23, 2014 (it will be possible to be back in Budapest by Saturday night).
  • Cost: €110 or HUF 32000.
  • Registration is closed. (Registration closed 30 June).
  • Co-ordinator: For details and to register, please contact Attila.

September 3 – 7, 2014, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
This retreat with Jeff will be held in Hoepertingen, Belgium. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome.

  • Venue: Kasteel Mariagaarde, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
  • Start/End Time: Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th September, 2014
  • Cost: €245.
  • Registration is closed.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Guus.

September 10 – 14, 2014, Immaculata, PA, USA.
This retreat with Jeff will be held just outside of Philadelphia, PA, USA. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome.

  • Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary Spirituality Center, Immaculata, PA, USA.
  • Start/End Time: Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th September, 2014.
  • Cost: Full retreat $327, weekend $150.
  • Registration is closed.
  • For registration: Please contact Tina.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Marty.

December 26, 2014 – January 1, 2015 Silent Illumination Retreat at Dharma Drum Retreat Center, New York, USA
Guo Gu, a successor to Chinese master Sheng Yen, will lead the retreat.
Jeff Shore will serve as guest teacher.
Registration opens in September.
See here for details.


To assist participants with retreat planning, some provisional dates for future retreats are listed below. However please note that this information is subject to change.

Provisional dates for 2015 retreats:
27 February – 3 March, 2015, Germany.
13 March – 17 March, 2015, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
28 August – 1 September, 2015, Steyl, NL.
11 September – 15 September, 2015, Germany.
Dates for Hungary, the UK, and the USA are being investigated.

Provisional dates for 2016 retreats:
4 March – 8 March, 2016, Steyl, NL.


Previous retreats:
March 21 – 25, 2014, Tannenhof, near Munich, Germany.
March 13 – 16, 2014, Hungary/Romania.
March 7 – 11, 2014, Surrey, UK.
February 21 – 25, 2014, Steyl, Netherlands.
February 10 – 14, 2014, Averbode Abbey, Belgium (Closed Retreat).
January 3 – 7, 2014, Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA.

September 10 – 13, 2013, Tannenhof, near Munich, Germany
September 2 – 6, 2013, Steyl, Netherlands
August 22 – 25, 2013, Oradea, Romania
August 16 – 18, 2013, Surrey, UK
August 7 – 11, 2013, New York, USA
March 23, 2013, Pescara, Italy
March 15 – 19, 2013, Tannenhof, near Munich, Germany
March 4 – 8, 2013, Hoepertingen, Belgium
February 21 – 24, 2013, Oradea, Romania
January 2 – 6, 2013, Pikesville, MD, USA

September 9, 2012, Leuven, Belgium
August 23 – 26, 2012, Nagykovácsi, Hungary
August 13 – 17, 2012, Baarlo, Netherlands
April 20 – 22, 2012, Claverack, New York, USA
March 23 – 27, 2012, Tannenhof, near Munich, Germany
March 5 – 9, 2012, Steyl, Netherlands
February 24 – 26, 2012, Surrey, UK

December 27 – 29, 2011, Budapest, Hungary
November 21 – 23, 2011, Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 6 – 11, 2011, Immaculata, PA, USA
August 26 – 30, 2011, Egmond, Netherlands
August 13 – 16, 2011, Budapest, Hungary
March 25 – 27, 2011, Tannenhof, near Munich, Germany
March 14 – 19, 2011, Steyl, Netherlands


If you want to add an item to the list of upcoming retreats with Jeff, please send us an announcement to this address. Please specify: venue, start and end dates/times, cost, and an email address for further information and registration.


Netherlands retreat, 2014.