Retreats

Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest.
Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad.
It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection.
Do not desire to become a Buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away.
Be mindful of the passing of time and
engage yourself in zazen as though
you are saving your head from fire. 

Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253)

 

There are usually at least four annual retreats known as Sesshins. Retreats are usually held at St Cassian’s Centre, Hungerford, The Carmelite Retreat Centre near Oxford or at The Oxford Zen Centre Zendo, 12 Mortimer Drive, Oxford.

Sesshins offer people a chance to deepen their practice in intensive sitting which includes interviews with the teacher in Dokusan, a yoga and work period, meal times and free time. This long sitting together creates a dynamic spirituality and sitting power and although it is by no means easy, Zen practitioners welcome Sesshins with appreciation and a deep sense of blessing. Email Sandy Chubb for more information about UK retreats and email John Gaynor for more information about retreats in Germany and Italy.

 

Dates of Retreats in 2022

WINTER: Monday 14th – Thursday 17th February at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9SR. 

SPRING: Tuesday 12th – Wednesday 13th April at Meditatio, St Mark’s Church, Islington, EC1R 1XX. Orientation Sesshin for newcomers.

SUMMER: Monday 4th – Thursday 7th July at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9SR. 

AUTUMN:  Monday 24th – Thursday 27th October at The Oxford Zendo, 12 Mortimer Drive, Old Marston, Oxford, OX3 0RR.

 

Dates of Retreats in 2023

WINTER: Monday 13th (late am) – Friday 17th (pm) February at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9SR. 

SPRING: Monday 13th (pm) – Friday 17th (am) March at The Carmelite Retreat Centre, Boars Hill, Oxford

SUMMER: Monday 3rd (late am) – Thursday 6th (pm) July at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9SR. 

AUTUMN:  Monday 9th – Thursday 12th October at The Oxford Zendo, 12 Mortimer Drive, Old Marston, Oxford, OX3 0RR.

 

The above retreats are led by Sandy Chubb.

Details of the St Cassian’s Centre can be found here.

Details of the Carmelite Retreat Centre can be found here.

Details of Meditatio can be found here.