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:

February 20 – 24, 2015, Ascot, UK
An opportunity for sustained and concentrated zazen as the year begins to unfold; this retreat with Jeff Shore will be held in Ascot, Berkshire, UK. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome.

  • Venue: Ascot Priory, Berkshire, UK.
  • Full Retreat Start/End Time: Friday 20th February – Tuesday 24th February, 2015.
  • Cost: TBD.
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Richard.

February 27 – March 3, near Munich, Germany
This retreat with Jeff Shore will be held at Tannenhof, a retreat center in the countryside near Munich. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome.

  • Venue: Tannenhof, near Munich, Germany.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: Friday February 27, 17:00 – Tuesday March 3, 15:00, 2015.
  • Cost: €168.
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Bernhard.

March 5 – 8, Oradea, Romania/Hungary.
Retreat with Jeff Shore on the Romania/Hungary border. All are welcome.

  • Venue: Posticum, Oradea, Romania.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: Thursday March 5 – Sunday March 8, 2015.
  • Cost: TBD.
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Attila.

March 13 – 17, 2015, Hoepertingen, Belgium
This retreat with Jeff Shore will be held in Hoepertingen, Belgium. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome.

  • Venue: Kasteel Mariagaarde, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
  • Full Retreat Start/End Time: Friday March 13th – Tuesday March 17th, 2015.
  • Registration is closed.

May 15 – 19 2015, PA, USA
This retreat with Jeff Shore will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Spirituality Center (IHMSC) in Immaculata PA, USA. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome.

  • Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary Spirituality Center (IHMSC) near Philadelphia PA, USA.
  • Full Retreat Start/End Time: 13:00 Friday May 15th – 14:00 Tuesday May 19th, 2015. (Weekend option may be available).
  • Cost: $330 for full retreat.
  • Registration: Registration is now open. To register or enquire about participation, please email the retreat registrar, Tina.
  • Co-ordinator: For other information, please contact Gerald McLoughlin.

September 4 – 6, 2015, Bremen, Germany
This retreat with Jeff Shore will be held in Bremen, Germany. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome. Since space is limited, priority will be given to local/regional practitioners first. However, please let us know if you are seriously interested.

  • Venue: Zenkreis Bremen, Germany.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: Friday Sept. 4th – Sunday Sept. 6th, 2015.
  • Cost: TBD
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Raoul Pilcicki.

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:
17 August – 22 August, 2015, Oradea, Romania/Hungary.
28 August – 1 September, 2015, Steyl, NL.
11 September – 15 September, 2015, near Munich, Germany.

Provisional dates for 2016 retreats:
4 March – 8 March, 2016, Steyl, NL.
19 February – 23 February, 2016, near Munich, Germany.
9 September – 13 September, 2016, near Munich, Germany.


Previous retreats:
January 9 and 10, 2015, Mexico City, Mexico.
December 26, 2014 – January 1, 2015, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, New York, USA (Guest Teacher).

September 10 – 14, 2014, Immaculata, PA, USA.
September 3 – 7, 2014, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
August 18 – 23, 2014, Oradea, Romania.
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.