Summer Retreats 2023

June 27th – August 29th, 2023

The Rates

Download the leaflet of summer 2023 in PDF format

Online registration.

Five ways to participate
  Length of stay Your participation To register
1. One session 9 days See price list
2.Two or more sessions

28 days

You benefit from a preferential rate with a 40% reduction compared to the rates shown in the table.
3. Tight budget 1 session or more

If you have financial difficulties, after agreement with the godo in charge of the session, you can benefit registration form.
from an additional reduction of 20%.

This rate is only applicable for participation in a full session.

4. Assistant (confirmed) 2 or 3 full and consecutive sessions

You arrive the day before your first session and leave the day after your last session. You are recommended by an AZI Zen Master and you have already participated in the association's activities.

You only pay for one session.

Application letter to be sent by e-mail at least 15 days before your stay (including the recommendation of your reference AZI teacher) to:
5. Summer resident 25 June - 28 August

You will spend the whole summer at La Gendronnière.

You are recommended by an AZI Zen Master and have already participated in the association's activities.

Letter of application to be sent by email BEFORE JUNE 10, 2023 (including the recommendation
from your AZI teacher
teacher of reference) to the following address

The Rates



Tuesday, June 27th to Wednesday, July 5th (arrival Monday, June 26th at 6 pm)

Blanche Renmyo Heugel began zazen at the Paris dojo in 1997 and followed Luc Boussard, a disciple of Master Deshimaru, for about ten years, in Paris and in Brittany. She was ordained a nun in 2004 by Master Alain Tainen Liebmann in the Aran Islands. In 2013, she joined the Sangha Sans Demeure and became a disciple of Master Philippe Reiryu Coupey. She is now responsible for the Avron dojo in Paris. She also works as a puppeteer.
She will lead the first five days of this session.

Stéphane Jumoko Hirschberger has been practising zazen for about thirty years. Ordained as a bodhisattva and monk by Master Philippe Reiryu Coupey, of whom he became a close disciple, he received the transmission in 2021. He directs the Zen Dojo in Bordeaux and has been president of the Zen Without Dwelling Association since 2018. He will lead the three days of sesshin of this session.

The retreat will be translated into English.

Retreat with master ALAIN TAINEN LIEBMANN

Saturday, July 8th to Sunday, July 16th (arrival Friday, July 7th at 6 pm)

Alain Tainen Liebmann, the new abbot of La Gendronnière, was born in Paris in 1945. Ordained a bodhisattva in 1970 and a monk in 1976 by Master Deshimaru, he followed his teaching directly and intimately for more than twelve years at the Zen Dojo in Paris. After his death, he went to Ireland where, for twenty-three years, he organised several summer camps on the Aran Islands (Inismor) and in Connemara, and inaugurated several dojos, notably those in Dublin and Galway. He has received transmission from Koshu Itabashi zenji.

The retreat will be translated into English.

Simone Jiko WolfRetreat with master SIMONE JIKO WOLF

Wednesday, July 19st to Thursday, July 27th (arrival Tuesday, July 18th at 6 pm)

Simone Jiko Wolf began practising Zen at the Paris dojo and was ordained a nun by Master Deshimaru. She received the transmission from Japanese master Yuko Okamoto in 2004. In 1982, she founded the Zen Centre in La Chaux-de-Fonds and in 2009 the Kôsetsu-ji temple in Switzerland, a monastery where she resides and gives teachings. She is one of the presidents of the International Zen Association and former abbess of the Gendronnière Temple.

The retreat will be translated into English.


Broader Sangha Retreat

Under the collegial direction of European Zen teachers from the AZI, the abbot of the Gendronnière temple Alain Tainen Liebman, and Hugues Yusen Naas

Sunday, July 30th to Monday, August 7th (arrival Monday, July 29th at 6 pm)

Konrad Tenkan Beck Judith Taiku Morales Konrad Kosan Maquestieau
  Begoña Kaidô Agiriano  

The principle of this session, co-directed in a collegial manner by several Zen teachers, invites the meeting of the different sanghas of the AZI and allows for different expressions of teaching and practice. La Gendronnière Zen Temple thus fulfils its vocation of allowing unique gatherings in Europe. Thus, each day, a different teacher :

Konrad Tenkan Beck began his Zen practice in 1980 under the guidance of Master Deshimaru. In 2011, he received the transmission from his master Olivier Reigen Wang-Genh. He was the head of the Freiburg Zen Dojo until 2009 and participated in the construction and development of the Zen monastery Kosan Ryumonji in Alsace. Today he lives and practices in Nuremberg, Bavaria.

Begoña Kaidô Agiriano began the practice of zazen in 1983. In 1990, she was ordained as a nun and in 2013 she received Dharma Transmission from her master Raphaël Dôkô Triet.
She is responsible for the Zen dojo of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country and participates actively in the Seikyuji Zen Temple Association. She is in charge of translations for the Spanish sangha.

Judith Taiku Morales has been practicing zazen since 1989 as a disciple of Simone Jiko Wolf, who gave her the transmission in 2017. She lives at the Zen Centre of
La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland and is General Secretary of AZI.

Konrad Kosan Maquestieau has been practicing zazen since 1990. He received the monk’s ordination in 1995 and the Dharma transmission in 2015 from his teacher, Roland Yuno Rech, abbot of Gyobutsuji Temple in Nice. He is head of the Shodo Dojo in Belgium.

Retreat with master ROLAND YUNO RECH

Thursday, Aug. 10th to Friday, Aug. 18th (arrival Wednesday, Aug. 7th at 6 pm)

Roland Yuno Rech received the monk's ordination from Master Deshimaru in 1974 and the shiho (Dharma transmission) from Niwa Zenji in 1984. He is the abbot of the Gyobutsuji temple in Nice. He leads sesshins throughout Europe and at La Gendronnière where he was abbot for three years.
The retreat will be translated into English.

Retreat with master GERARD CHINREI PILET

Monday, Aug. 21th to Tuesday, Aug. 29th (arrival Sunday, Aug. 20th at 6 pm)

Gérard Chinrei Pilet has been practising zazen since he met Master Deshimaru in 1969. He moved to Paris in 1974 to practice with his master, from whom he received the monk's ordination in 1978. After the death of Master Deshimaru in 1982, he taught Dharma at the Paris dojo until 2010. That year, he moved to the Ardèche and founded the Annonay Zen Dojo while continuing to lead practice sessions in France and Europe. He has received Dharma transmission from Yuko Okamoto Roshi.

The retreat will be translated into English.


  • Parental permission is required for minors.
  • 2023 membership to the AZI association is compulsory: 45 € (35 € for small budget).
  • Animals are not allowed.



Temple zen de la Gendronnière
41120 Valaire (près de Blois)