Long term retreats - special rates - July 2019

La Gendronnière - zen temple soto

This summer two long term retreats will be organised at La Gendronnière :

  • First long term retreat : from tuesday 2nd to monday 22nd july 2019
  • Second long term retreat : from tuesday 9th to monday 29th july 2019

These retreats are open to all. Beginners are welcome.



A day in a zen monastery revolves around zazen, seated meditation. Zazen is Buddha’s practice, through which he realized awakening 2,600 years ago. Every day, there are 3 or 4 zazen sessions, depending on the schedule. Zen meditation is done sitting on a zafu (meditation cushion); chairs are also available if needed.

A typical day also includes teachings, ceremonies, meals taken in silence and samu (community service). Time is also set aside for relaxation and socialising.

During july the retreats last for one week. The long term retreats take place over three consecutive weeks with a rest day after each one.

The first three days (from monday to thursday) include 3 sessions of meditation per day. The last three days (called sesshin) offer four meditation sessions per day.

Important for beginners : essential introduction conference at 7pm. Please take this into account when planning your arrival. Download the booklet for newcomers : HERE


Accommodation and prices

Practitioners staying long term are accommodated either in tents or dormitories

Long term special rate 364 euros (dormitories) / 263 euros (tents)

What ever the type of accommodation we try and make them as comfortable as possible. The tents, at a reduced price, have beds and an ecological floor insulation made of wood chips.


Philippe Reiryu Coupey

Retreat with master PHILIPPE REIRYU COUPEY

From tuesday 2nd to sunday 87h july (arrival on monday 1st at 6pm)

Philippe Reiryu Coupey, a disciple of master Deshimaru teaches in Paris and during sesshins (retreats) in France and Germany. He has written several books on zen and notably on the teachings of master Deshimaru. His books have been published in France, Germany and the United States.

The retreat will be translated into German.


Retreat with master HUGUES YUSEN NAAS

From tuesday 9th to sunday 14th of july ( arrival on monday 8th at 6pm )

Hugues Yusen Naas was born in 1952 in Strasbourg. He has been practicing zazen since 1975 and received the ordination of Master Deshimaru as a monk in 1977. He followed him until his death. He received the transmission of the Dharma in 2009 from Master Raphaël Doko Triet. He was in charge of the temple of La Gendronnière from 2002 to 2016. He teaches in the dojo and organizes daily life and the follow-up of the work. He then founded the Daishugyoji Zen Centre in Basse-Normandie and directed retreats in France and abroad.

The retreat will be translated into English.


Simone Jiko WolfRetreat with master SIMONE JIKO WOLF

From tuesday 16th to sunday 21h july (arrival on monday 15th at 6pm).

Simone Jiko Wolf started practicing zen at the Paris dojo and was ordained nun by Master Deshimaru. She received transmission from japanese master Yuko Okamoto in 2004. IN 1982 she founded the zen centre at La Chaux-de-Fonds and in 2009 the temple Kôsetsu-ji in switzerland, the monastery where she lives and teaches. She is one of the presidents of the Association Zen Internationale and currently abbess of the temple la Gendronnière.

The retreat will be translated into english.



Begonia Kaido AgirianoRetreat with master BEGONIA KAIDO AGIRIANO

From tuesday 23th to sunday 28th july (arrival on monday 22 at 6pm).

Begonia Kaido Agiriano started practicing zen in 1983. In 1990 she was ordained nun and in 2013 received transmission of the Dharma from her master  Raphaël Dôkô Triet. She directs the zen dojo of Vitoria-Gasteiz in the basque country and practices regularly at  Seikyuji her masters temple in Seville. She has translated numerous zen works into spanish.

The retreat will be translated into spanish.


  • Parental authorisation is necessary for minors to attend.
  • Membership of the association AZI is obligatory : 45 euros (35 euros for those with limited means).
  • Animals are not allowed.


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