The BMZC Carbon-Offset Forest


At last, a bit of good news for the planet. At Paul Haller’s request, we’ve spent the last few months investigating ways to offset some of the carbon burden of Paul’s flights from California to Belfast. The wonderful Fr. Ray at Benburb Priory has offered us a free hand with the available land, asking only that we plant local varieties, and we have just received approval from the Woodland Trust for a free tree-pack of 105 saplings – for more information, click here. This beautiful “Working Wood” pack contains a mix of Silver birch, Rowan, Wild cherry, English oak, Field maple and Grey willow trees. We will receive the pack later in the winter and plant them out in early spring, and then our sesshin jobs at Benburb will include weeding and maintaining the young saplings. In the meantime, anyone who has experience in planting trees, please get in touch with us here.

Five-day sesshin, May 2019


Walking meditation in the grounds of Benburb Priory

Tuesday, April 30 – Sunday, May 5, 2019

In the spring of 2019, we will be offering a five-day sesshin, as usual. Ryushin Paul Haller, the guiding teacher of Black Mountain Zen Centre, will be visiting from San Francisco to lead the sesshin at Benburb Priory.

The sesshin will start on Tuesday evening, April 30, and end on Sunday afternoon, May 5.

Participants can either attend for the whole period or for the weekend from Friday evening to Sunday. Benburb Priory has increased its prices by £​5 per night, so the suggested donation to cover our costs is now ​​£​300 for the full five days, and ​​£​160 for the weekend, Friday to Sunday. Please offer what you can afford, and if you can make a larger donation, that is also gratefully received.

Please follow the details on the application form in order to apply. The updated application form for 2019 is available here:  Word / PDF