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:

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 closed.
  • 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
  • Retreat is fully booked.
  • 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.

April 25 – 28, 2017, Philadelphia, PA, USA
This retreat will be held near Philadelphia. All are welcome.

  • Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary Spirituality Center (IHMSC), near Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 April, 2017.
  • Cost: $288 (vegetarian options available at each meal).
  • Registration is open, closing 3 March 2017.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact: Tina Shore.

August 18th – 22nd 2017, Ascot, UK. (NEW)
This retreat will be held in Ascot. All are welcome.

  • Venue: Ascot Priory, Ascot, UK.
  • Retreat Start/End Time: Friday 18 – Tuesday 22 August, 2017.
  • Cost: TBC
  • Registration is open.
  • Co-ordinator: For more information, please contact Richard.

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:
January 3 – 7, 2018, near Philadelphia, PA, USA
March 2 – 6 2018, Steyl, The Netherlands.
March 9 – 13, 2018, near Munich, Germany.
September 7 – 11, 2018, near Munich, Germany.


Previous retreats:
February 17 – 21, 2017, Ascot, UK.
January 3 – 8, 2017, IHMSC, Malvern PA, USA.

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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