Retreats

Retreats are intensive. They often allow for and encourage sitting through (part of) the night – health permitting. Each day there is a lecture and at least once a day there is an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting. 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:

January 3 – 8, 2017, IHMSC, Malvern PA, USA.
This retreat will be held at IHMSC, near Philadelphia, PA, USA.

  • Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary Spirituality Center (IHMSC), near Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: 12:00 pm Tuesday 3 January – 12:00 pm Sunday 8 January, 2017.
  • Cost: $438, meals included, vegetarian option available.
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact: Tina Shore.

February 17 – 21, 2017, Ascot, UK.
This retreat will be held in Ascot. All are welcome.

  • Venue: Ascot Priory, Ascot, UK.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: Friday 17 – Tuesday 21 February, 2017.
  • Cost: TBC
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Richard.

March 1 – 5, 2017, Steyl, the Netherlands
This retreat will be held in the monastic village of Steyl. All are welcome.

  • Venue: Centrum Sint Michaël, Steyl, the Netherlands.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: Wednesday 1 March – Sunday 5 March, 2017.
  • Cost: €270.
  • Registration is now open.
  • Co-ordinator: To register, please contact Elisabeth .

March 10 – 14, 2017, near Munich, Germany
As usual, this retreat will be held in the countryside not far from town. Anyone seriously committed to Zen practice is welcome.

  • Venue: Tannenhof, near Markt Schwaben, Germany.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: 17:00 Friday March 10 – 15:00 Tuesday 14 March, 2017.
  • Cost: around €180
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For details and to register, please contact: zen in münchen.

March 15 – 19, 2017, Oradea, Romania.
BeingWithoutSelf retreat at Posticum on the Romania/Hungary border. All are welcome.

  • Venue: Posticum, Oradea, Romania.
  • Start/End Time: Wednesday 15 – Sunday 19 March, 2017.
  • Cost: TBC.
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For details and to register, please contact Rita.

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 2017 retreats:
August 30 – September 3, 2017, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
September 8 – 12, 2017, near Munich, Germany.

Provisional dates for 2018 retreats:
March 2 – 6 2018, Steyl, The Netherlands.
March 9 – 13, 2018, near Munich, Germany.
September 7 – 11, 2018, near Munich, Germany.


Previous retreats:
September 16 – 18, 2016, Bremen, Germany
September 9 – 13, 2016 near Munich, Germany
August 31 – September 4 2016, Hoepertingen, Belgium
August 25 – 28, 2016 Oradea, Romania
August 19 – 23, 2016, Ascot, UK

March 11 – 15, 2016, Ascot, UK
March 4 – 8, 2016, Steyl, Netherlands
February 25 – 28, 2016 Oradea, Romania
February 19 – 23, 2016, near Munich, Germany
January 2 – 6, 2016, Immaculata PA, USA.

September 11 – 15, 2015, nr Munich, Germany.
September 4 – 6, 2015, Bremen, Germany.
August 28 – September 1, 2015, Steyl, Netherlands.
August 17 – 22, 2015, Oradea, Romania.
August 7 – 11, 2015, Ascot, UK.
May 15 – 19 2015, PA, USA.
March 13 – 17, 2015, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
March 5 – 8, 2015, Oradea, Romania/Hungary.
February 27 – March 3, 2015, near Munich, Germany.
February 20 – 24, 2015, Ascot, UK.
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, 2016.

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