Summer retreats at zen temple La Gendronnière ( France )

Zen Buddhism and meditation practice - Beginners welcome

July 3rd to August 31st, 2018 / Retreats of 3, 5 or 9 days or 3 weeks / Teachings provided by zen masters

Special rates for 3-week retreats in July

Summertime is an ideal time for a spiritual retreat. Leaving your daily routine behind to come and meditate in a Buddhist temple can allow you to see the world from a fresh perspective. The length of your stay can vary from 3 days to several weeks (see below).

Daily schedule

Zazen, méditation zen

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.


This summer, a choice of retreats will be offered, as described below. Throughout the retreat period, beginners will receive special attention, with plenty of explanations, workshops and individual guidance.


Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose, we strive to offer comfortable lodging. The tents (for those with limited budgets) have beds as well as insulation and an environmentally friendly soil covering made of wood chips.

Retreats in july 2018 ( liens )

Retreats in august 2018 ( liens )


Whatever your accommodation, we strive to make it comfortable. The tents - reduced price - have beds, as well as an insulating and ecological floor made of wood chips.

The GendronnièreTemple

Fleurs et autel bouddhisteThe temple was founded in 1979 by Japanese zen master Taisen Deshimaru. Since then, the summer retreat tradition has continued, and practitioners from around the world congregate. The buildings (main house, big and small dojos, etc.) are located in the heart of an old forest with a beautiful pond. The vegetable garden is now managed on the principles of permaculture, and meals are organic.


For meditation

Dark, loose and comfortable clothes (black, brown, navy blue) and a meditation cushion (zafu).

For meals

Bowl, spoon, fork + approx. 40cm x 40cm cloth (to wrap the bowl) + smaller, 20cm x 20cm white cloth (to wipe the bowl), or oryoki set if you have one.

For daily life at the monastery

May we also remind you that as in all monasteries, we ask you to be modestly dressed.


Single top sheet and fitted sheet, pillowcase.

Sheets can be rented on-site (5 euros).

Forgot something ?

A shop is available on-site.

The flyer to download.

Online registration, see HERE