3-day intensive Zen retreats

The three-day (64hr) retreat format is based on the “group sanzen” format developed by Shinzan Roshi, together with the dyad work of American teacher, Charles Berner. This creates a uniquely powerful combination.

These retreats are designed specifically for you to find out your true nature – to find out who you really are (enlightenment or kensho in Japanese). This intensive format is suitable for those with no prior meditation experience, but can also be very powerful for those who have an on-going or developing practice. We have an ongoing series of Zen retreats in the UK and Europe.

Upcoming retreats

Fri 31
Mountain Walking Retreat

Mountain Walking Retreat

31 August @ 6:00 pm - 3 September @ 2:00 pm
Glencoe Independent Hostel United Kingdom Tutor/Teacher: Daizan Skinner (zen)
Thu 06

3 day Intensive Zen retreat

6 September @ 6:00 pm - 9 September @ 2:00 pm
Lendrick Lodge United Kingdom Tutor/Teacher: Daizan Skinner (zen)
Thu 06

3 day Intensive Zen retreat

6 December @ 6:00 pm - 9 December @ 2:00 pm
Noddfa, Penmaenmawr United Kingdom Tutor/Teacher: Daizan Skinner (zen)

About the retreat

Down the centuries, the Zen tradition has found that concentrated periods of time, devoted exclusively to practice can effectively lead to great openings and shifts of awareness. With wholehearted practice you will experience kensho or satori ­ – the enlightenment of Zen – in which you will “astonish the heavens and shake the earth”.

The retreats are suitable for adults who are able for the retreat period to devote themselves solely to the activities of the retreat. If you have been suffering from severe mental health difficulties, a less intensive retreat format may be more suitable for you. Please discuss with us. The retreats are not suitable for children.

The schedule is intentionally full and the days begin early and carry on into the evening. You are asked to participate fully and whole­heartedly with all activities. Every activity can be adapted in the case of physical difficulties. We keep silence as much as possible during the retreat and ask you to speak only when necessary. This helps you to keep awareness and focus as much as possible.

What you will find on this retreat is literally priceless. This being so there is no charge for the retreat and no one is ever excluded due to lack of funds. However there are costs involved. These unique intensive Zen retreats are based in giving and receiving, the ancient principle of open hearted generosity.

Retreat Donation

It’s important to us that these retreats stay as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. As such, we do not charge a fixed amount for these retreats, and instead encourage you to donate between £100 and £250, depending on your means. This money goes towards covering Daizan Roshi’s time, Zenways costs, and any extra will go towards establishing a rural retreat centre. If you’re in a condition of hardship, please get in touch and we can discuss what would work best for you. If the retreat surpassed your expectation, there will be the possibility of making an extra donation after the retreat either in cash or by bank transfer/PayPal.

Accommodation should be booked and paid for separately with the venue – further details will be sent to you after you’ve booked your place.

Videos and reviews

Feedback from recent retreat participants:

Feedback interviews


Naturalhealth-opt“If you do only one thing this month… get Zen.” Article on our 3-day Intensive Zen retreats, as featured in the Natural Health magazine (March 2015).
Read the article

Or read a full review of our 3-day retreats on the online blog “Queen of Retreats”.


In this video Daizan discusses the 3-day retreat, his influences, and why it’s so effective:

The Zenways 3-day intensive retreat

Find out more about the background to our 3-day retreat format, going back to the 6th ancestor of Zen, Daikan Eno.

What is your original face? Find out on a Zenways 3-day retreat

Read some more experiences from past retreat participants
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