Zen-Meditation retreats July 2019

Zafus, zen temple  La Gendronnière

NEW FOR JULY 2019 ! Specially priced, three week, long term retreat

First long term retreat : from tuesday 2nd to monday 22th july 2018

Second long term retreat : from tuesday 9th to monday 29th 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 364 euros ( dormitories ) / 263 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 : 211 € / 170 € (students, unemployed)
  • Dormitory : 273 €
  • 4 to 6 room : 341 €
  • 2 persons room : 389 €
  • Single room : 494 €

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 : 96 €
  • Dormitory : 124 €
  • Room 4 to 6 persons : 155 €
  • Room 2 persons : 177 €
  • Single room : 225 €

You are coming for 3 weeks

First long term retreat : From tuesday 2nd to monday 22th july 2019

Second long term retreat : From tuesday 9th to monday 29th july 2019

Special long term retreat rate 364 euros ( dormitories) / 263 euros ( tents )


Philippe Reiryu CoupeyRetreat 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.


Download the flyer.

 Online enrolment : see HERE

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


Temple zen de la Gendronnière

41120 Valaire (près de Blois)



Download the booklet for newcomers : HERE