Breakthrough to Zen Retreats

Ces trois jours de retraite (64h) ont un processus qui rassemble le travail de Shinzan Roshi sur les “groupes Sanzen” et celui du professeur américain Charles Berner. Une démarche unique et efficace vers l’éveil de soi. Cette retraite est ouverte à tous, débutants tout autant que ceux pratiquant régulièrement la méditation.

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.


En savoir plus sur la retraite…

Au fil des siècles, la tradition zen a montré que des périodes concentrées et consacrées exclusivement à la pratique pouvaient efficacement conduire à de grandes ouvertures et à de nouveaux changements de conscience. Avec une pratique sans limites, vous ferez l’expérience du kensho ou du satori – l’illumination du zen – dans laquelle vous “étonnerez les cieux et secouerez la terre”.

Les retraites conviennent aux adultes qui sont en mesure de se consacrer uniquement aux activités de la retraite, sans distractions extérieures.

Si vous souffrez de graves problèmes de santé mentale, un format de retraite moins intensif serait préférable. S’il vous plaît discutez-en avec nous. Les retraites ne conviennent pas aux enfants.

L’horaire est intentionnellement chargé et les journées commencent tôt et finissent tard dans la soirée. Vous êtes invité à participer pleinement et sans réserve à toutes les activités. Chaque activité peut être adaptée en cas de difficultés physiques. Nous restons tant que possible silencieux pendant la retraite et nous vous demandons de ne parler que si c’est vraiment nécessaire. Cela vous aidera à rester conscient et à vous concentrer autant que possible.

Ce que vous trouverez lors cette retraite est littéralement inéstimable. Nous essayons de rendre la retraite accessible à tous et personne n’est exclu par manque de fonds. Il y a cependant des coûts impliqués. Ces retraites intensives et uniques sur le zen ont pour but de donner et de recevoir, l’ancien principe de la générosité à cœur ouvert.

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.

Donation pour la retraite

Il est important pour nous que ces retraites restent aussi accessibles que possible au plus grand nombre. En tant que tel, nous ne facturons pas de montant fixe pour ces retraites et vous encourageons plutôt à faire une donation d’un montant compris entre £100 et £250, selon vos moyens. Cet argent sert à couvrir le temps de Daizan Roshi, les coûts de Zenways et tout supplément sera affecté à la création d’un centre de retraite en milieu rural. Si vous êtes dans une situation difficile, veuillez nous contacter afin que nous puissions discuter d’un arrangement. Si la retraite a dépassé vos attentes, il sera possible de faire une donation supplémentaire à la fin de la retraite, en espèces ou par virement bancaire / PayPal.

Le logement doit être réservé et payé séparément, directement avec les propriétaires du lieu. Des détails supplémentaires vous seront envoyés une fois que vous aurez réservé votre place.

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

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Reviews

Naturalhealth-opt“If you do only one thing this month… get Zen.” Article on our Breakthrough to Zen retreats, as featured in the Natural Health magazine (March 2015).
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Or read a full review of our Breakthrough to Zen retreats on the online blog “Queen of Retreats”.

 

 

 

Top Sante magazine with review of Zenways“Discover your true self”. Article on our 3-day Intensive Zen retreats, as featured in Top Sante magazine (May 2015)

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Psychologies magazine with review of Zenways retreat“Who do you think you are? “Article on our 3-day Intensive Zen retreats, as featured in Psychologies magazine (June 2015).

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In this video Daizan discusses the Breakthrough to Zen retreat, his influences, and why it’s so effective:


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

 


Upcoming retreats

Thu 22

Breakthrough to Zen Retreat in France

22 August @ 6:00 pm - 25 August @ 2:30 pm
Thu 29
Mountain Walking Retreat

Mountain Walking Retreat

29 August @ 6:00 pm - 1 September @ 2:00 pm
Glencoe Independent Hostel United Kingdom Tutor/Teacher: Daizan Skinner (zen)
Thu 26

Breakthrough to Zen Retreat

26 September @ 6:00 pm - 29 September @ 2:00 pm
Lendrick Lodge United Kingdom Tutor/Teacher: Daizan Skinner (zen)
Thu 05

Breakthrough to Zen Retreat

5 December @ 6:00 pm - 8 December @ 2:00 pm
Noddfa, Penmaenmawr United Kingdom Tutor/Teacher: Daizan Skinner (zen)


Testimonials

The group dynamic helped me to really discover myself and develop (slowly) some confidence in being able to live out that deepest part of my being.Meijia
I realised that I am part of a large boundless all encompassing being. Everything I see, everyone I encounter, we’re all just leaves from the same tree.Rene
The first time I’ve felt, really experienced, there is something deeper, and been able to not grasp and cling to it and accept negativities.George
I have woken emotions and reconnected to myself. It’s OK to have damage. It’s OK to have had problems – that’s what makes up our life but not who we are.Cardine
I am full of aliveness, in fact I can’t wait to get stuck into my life again.Frank
I have had a very deep experience of knowing who I am. I feel I am myself, for the first time in a very long time. I am looking forward to sharing this with friends and family.Dave
I have loved engaging with others in this intensive method. I feel in touch again and out of my tiresome ‘bubble’ of existence.Nigel
This was the first time in my life that I was able to look inside without being overwhelmed.Boris
Horrified by the process … more comfortable … confused with … bored by… feel horrendous … surprise … opening to … flowing without even trying … thinking the worst was over … finding there was more … stillness … peace … thinking I was on the home run … finding more to talk about … more that needed to be said … loving the process … not wanting timer to go off … wanting to sit there all day … learning to not have expectation … HERE.Katy
I have everything I need at the heart of me, here: inherent purpose, rest, not chasing. I am becoming.Sumaya
It feels like I have found home – but that home is in my heart!Rebecca

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