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 – 7, 2018, near Philadelphia, PA, USA, with Public Lecture. (NEW)
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: Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 January, 2018.
  • Public Lecture: 3 January 2018, at 1 pm; lecture-only cost – $25.
  • Full Retreat Cost: $313 for a single room (no doubles) and meals (vegetarian option available). A one-day option is also available for 3 January, from 1 pm to 9 pm, at a cost of $40.
  • Registration is now open.
  • Co-ordinators: To register, please contact: Tina. For other questions, please contact: Bruce.

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 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 8 – 12, 2017, near Munich, Germany.
August 30 – September 3 2017, Hoepertingen, Belgium.
August 22 – 26, 2017 Bugac, Hungary.
August 18 – 22, 2017, Ascot, UK.

April 25 – 28, 2017, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
March 15 – 19, 2017, Oradea, Romania.
March 10 – 14, 2017, near Munich, Germany.
March 1 – 5, 2017, Steyl, the Netherlands.
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, 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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