Five ways to participate this summer

Zafus, temple zen de La Gendronnière

28 June to 27 August 2022 - 4 one-week sessions in July - 1 9-day Grand Sangha session in early August - 2 9-day sessions in August

Cinq façons de participer
  Length of stay Your participation To register
1. One session 7 or 9 days See price list
2.Two or more sessions

21 days (in July) or 28 days (in August)

Special rate
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, including at least 1 nine-day session in August

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 benefit from a 50% reduction compared to the rates shown here.

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 live at La Gendronnière all summer.

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 15, 2022 (including the recommendation
from your AZI teacher
teacher of reference) to the following address

The Rates



From Tuesday, June 28th to Sunday, July 3th (arrival on Monday June 27th at 6 pm).

Emmanuel Ryu Gaku Risacher first met Master Deshimaru in 1971 and was ordained a monk in 1980. He received the transmission from Imamura Roshi. He teaches at the dojo in Paris, at the Gendronnière and other places like Berlin, Canada (Quebec) etc.

The retreat will be translated into English.

Retreat with master PHILIPPE REIRYU COUPEY

From Tuesday,  July 5th to Sunday, July 10th. Arrival on Monday, July 4th at 6 pm.

Philippe Reiryu Coupey, a disciple of Master Deshimaru, teaches in Paris and in sesshins (retreats) in France and Germany. He has written and published several books on Zen, including three books on Master Deshimaru's teaching. These books are available in France, Germany and the United States.

The retreat will be translated into German.


Retreat with master ALAIN TAINEN LIEBMANN

From Tuesday 12th to Sunday, July 17th. Arrival on Monday,  July 11th 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

From Tuesday, July 19th to Sunday, July 24th. Arrival on Monday, 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

From Thursday 29 July to Friday 6 August. Arrival on Wednesday 28 July at 6 pm.

Konrad Tenkan Beck Judith Taiku Morales Emanuela Dosan Losi
Begoña Kaidô Agiriano Bertrand Dokusen Schütz  

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.

Bertrand Dokusen Schütz encountered zazen in 1978 with Taisen Deshimaru; after the master’s death, he translates his teachings into German. His activities in the fields of culture and agriculture lead him to Northern Germany. He became a disciple of Philippe Reiryu Coupey and was in charge of dojos in Hamburg, Flensburg and currently in Ludwigslust.

Emanuela Dosan Losi was ordained a nun in 1994 by Master Roland Yuno Rech. He handed over the Dharma transmission to her in 2012. She was president of the Zen Buddhist Association of Europe from 2013 to 2016. She teaches in Moglia (Italy) and leads zazen days and sesshins in Italy and throughout Europe.

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.





Retreat with master ROLAND YUNO RECH

Full retreat: Monday, August 8th to Tuesday, August 16th. Arrival on Sunday, August 7th at 6 pm.

  •     Preparation: the first five days, Monday 8th to Friday 12th August.
  •     Sesshin: Sunday 14th to Tuesday 16th August (arrival on Saturday 14th August 6 p.m.).

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

Full retreat: Friday, August 19th to Saturday, August 27th. Arrival on Thursday 18th August at 6 pm.

  •     Preparation: the first five days, from Friday 19th to Tuesday 24th August.
  •     Sesshin: Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th August (arrival the day before at 6 p.m.).

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.
  • 2022 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)