July 2018 meditation retreats

zen buddhist temple

NEW FOR JULY 2018 ! Specially priced, three week, long term retreat


First long term retreat : from tuesday 3rd to monday 23rd july 2018

Second long term retreat : from tuesday 10th to monday 30th july 2018

This possibility is open to all. Beginners are welcome. Practitioners staying long term are accommodated either in tents or dormitories

Long term special rate 359 euros ( dormitories ) / 259 euros ( tents )

During the month of july at la Gendronnière you can stay for anything from 3 days to 3 weeks.


If you are coming for a week

During july retreats last a week (arrival on monday evening at 6pm, departure on sunday at 3pm after tidying the temple). 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.


Tent : 208 € / 185 € (students, unemployed)

Dormitory : 269 €

4/5 person room : 336 €

2 person room : 383 €

Individual room : 487 €

You are coming for the sesshin (meditation retreat)

From thursday evening to sunday 3pm. Beginners must arrive on thursday by 6pm : Welcome conference takes place at 7pm. Four meditation sessions per day


Tent : 95 €

Dormitory : 122 €

4/5 person room : 153 €

2 person room : 174 €

Individual room : 221 €

You are coming for 3 weeks

First long term retreat : From tuesday 3rd to monday 23rd july 2018

Second long term retreat : From tuesday 10th to monday 30th july 2018

Special long term retreat rate 359 euros ( dormitories) / 259 euros ( tents )


Philippe Reiryu CoupeyRetreat with master PHILIPPE REIRYU COUPEY

From tuesday 3rd to sunday 8th july (arrival on monday 2nd 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.

Simone Jiko WolfRetreat with master SIMONE JIKO WOLF

From tuesday 10th to sunday 15th july (arrival on monday 9th 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.

Retreat with master KATIA KÔREN ROBEL

From tuesday 17th to sunday 22nd july (arrival monday 16th at 6pm)

Katia Kôren Robel practiced at the zen Dojo in paris from 1970  with master Taisen Deshimaru who ordained her nun in 1971. She received Dharma transmission from Egawa Shinzan Zenji in 2003. She was president of the Paris zen dojo from 1996 to 2006 and teaches at the Châtelet dojo in Paris.

The retreat will be translated into english.

Begonia Kaido AgirianoRetreat with master BEGONIA KAIDO AGIRIANO

From tuesday 24th to sunday 29th july (arrival on monday 23 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.


• Online enrolment : HERE

• INFORMATION : 00 33 (0)2 54 44 04 86 or by mail lagendronniere@zen-azi.org

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Temple zen de la Gendronnière

41120 Valaire (près de Blois)