Meditation retreats august 2018

Entrance to the meditation dojo, zoris, zafu...

This summer there are several different possibilities for retreats on the program that you will discover below. A special welcome is reserved for beginners who receive numerous explanations, workshops and individual assistance.

Depending on the period in question there are either three or four zazen sessions per day. Meditation is practiced seated on a zafu (meditation cushion), chairs are available if needed. The daily program also includes teachings, ceremonies, meals held in silence as well as samu (community service) and some time for relaxation and socialising.


You are coming for the "preparation period", the first 5 days

Beginners must arrive the evening before at 6pm. A conference to welcome them takes place at 7pm. For these 5 days there will be 3 meditation sessions per day.


Tent : 189 € - Dormitory : 244 € - Room for 4/5 : 305 € - Room for 2 : 348 € - Single room : 443 €

You are coming for the sesshin (intensive meditation retreat)

Arrival the evening preceding the day the sesshin starts. The retreat ends at 3pm on the last day after the temple has been tidied. There are 4 meditation sessions per day.


Tent : 95 € - Dormitory : 122 € - Room for 4/5 : 153 € - Room for 2 : 174 € - Single room : 221 €

You are coming for 9 days

Important ! For beginners there is a conference to welcome them at 7pm on the arrival day which it is important they attend. Please organise your arrival time to take this into account.


Tent : 284 € - Dormitory : 366 € - Room for 4/5 : 458 € - Room for 2 : 522 € - Single room : 664 €

En août, 30 % de réduction à partir de la deuxième retraite.


Retreat with master OLIVIER REIGEN WANG-GENH

Olivier Reigen Wang-GenhFull retreat : from wednesday 1st to thursday 9th august (arrival tuesday evening).

Preparation (first 5 days) : from wednesday 1st to sunday 5th august.

Sesshin : from tuesday 7th to thursday 9th (arrival monday evening)

Olivier Reigen Wang-Gen has practiced zen since 1973 and was ordained as a monk by master Deshimaru in 1977. He received Dharma transmission from the japanese zen master Dosho Saikawa Roshi. IN 1999 Olivier Wang-Genh founded Ryumonji (Alsace) the monastery where he lives and teaches. He is the president of the Association Zen Internationale and vice president of the Union Bouddhiste de France.

The retreat will be translated into english

Retreat with master ROLAND YUNO RECH

Roland Yuno RechFull retreat : From sunday 12th to monday 20th august (arrival saturday 11th evening)

Preparation (First 5 days) : from sunday 12th to thursday 16th august.

Sesshin : From saturday 18th to monday 20th (arrival friday evening)

Roland Yuno Rech was ordained as a monk by master Deshimaru in 1974 and received shiho (Dharma transmission) from Niwa Zenji in 1984. He is the abbot of the temple Gyobutsuji in Nice. He directs sesshins all over Europe and at La Gendronnière where he was abbot for three years.

The retreat will be translated into english.

Retreat with master GÉRARD CHINREI PILET

Gérard Chinrei PiletFull retreat : from thursday 23rd to friday 31st august (arrival wednesday evening)

Preparation (first 5 days) : from thursday 23 to monday 27 august.

Sesshin : from wednesday 29th to friday 31st (arrival tuesday evening).

Gérard Chinrei Pilet has practiced zazen since meeting master Deshimaru in 1969. He moved to Paris in 1974 in order to practice with his master who ordained him monk in 1978. After the death of master Deshimaru in 1982 he taught the Dharma at the Paris dojo until 2010. In that year he moved to the Ardèche and founded the zen dojo at Annonay while continuing to direct sesshins in France and Europe. He received Dharma transmission from Yuko Okamoto Roshi.

The retreat will be translated into english. 


• Parental authorisation is necessary for minors.

• Membership of the association AZI is obligatory : 45 euros (35 euros those with limited ressources).

• Animals not allowed.


• by mail please fill out and send this form

• Online : HERE

• Information : 02 54 44 04 86 ou

Temple zen de la Gendronnière

41120 Valaire (près de Blois)


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