Solstice Retreat led by Andre Elsen


Saturday, June 22, 6 pm – 8 pm, & Sunday, June 23, 7 am – 6 pm

The first event of our practice period, The Path of Liberation, is a retreat led by our shuso, Andre Elsen, that will begin on Saturday evening at 6 pm and end on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm. We will sit three periods of zazen on Saturday evening and ten periods of zazen on Sunday, encouraging us to deepen and settle in our practice. The periods of zazen will be 30 minutes long, separated by ten minutes of kinhin, and there will be a dharma talk on Sunday morning and a yoga session during the afternoon. We will end with a sharing circle.

Andre’s dharma talk at 10:20 am will be his “Way-Seeking Mind” talk, traditionally the first talk by a shuso, in which he will outline his path to practice.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring vegetarian food for breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

It is possible to join the Sunday event at any time – please take care to ring the doorbell only during kinhin!

  • The suggested donation to be part of this event is a sliding scale from £10 to £25.

schedule for retreat3


Workshop: Refuge, Home and Sanctuary



Led by visiting teacher Jisan Tova Green

What are some of the ways we find refuge, home, and sanctuary in ourselves, our communities, countries, and the world, especially in these uncertain times? In this workshop, we will explore the meaning of Refuge, Home and Sanctuary through small group exercises, writing and discussion. We will seek to create a ‘brave space’ in which we recognize our differences as well as what we share. Tova will draw from the writing of Larry Yang in Awakening Together and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel in Sanctuary.
  • Suggested donation: Sliding scale from £10 to £25, but please just donate whatever you can afford – your presence is the most important offering. Click here to register.