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.

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August Sesshin at Benburb


Tuesday, August 27 – Sunday, September 1, 2019

Ryushin Paul Haller, the guiding teacher of Black Mountain Zen Centre, will spend the last two weeks of August with us this year, culminating in a five-day sesshin at Benburb Priory.

This silent meditation retreat will start on Tuesday evening, August 27, and end on Sunday afternoon, September 1, with the final event of our practice period, the shuso ceremony of Andre Elsen. Participants can either attend for the whole five days or for the weekend from Friday evening to Sunday. The suggested donation to cover our costs has slightly increased to £​310 for the full five days, and ​​£165 for the weekend, Friday to Sunday – this covers your single room and three vegetarian meals per day, plus unlimited tea and coffee during breaks. 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. An updated application form is available here: Sesshin application