retreat d'été

Summer Camp August


Since the time of the Buddha, certain periods of the year have been devoted to long-term spiritual retreats. These periods originally corresponded to the rainy season.  Since then, this tradition has been perpetuated in Europe. A rare opportunity to withdraw from the world and devote yourself to the practice of zazen, the meditation of the Sôtô Zen tradition of Zen Buddhism.

At Ryumonji monastery, every activity throughout the day is an opportunity to devote yourself entirely to the practice of concentration, to live fully in the present moment.  The retreatants follow the daily routine of the nuns and monks: Zen meditation (zazen), teachings, samu (voluntary work in the service of the community) and ceremonies.

All the teachings are given by Master Reigen Wang-Genh, assisted by experienced nuns and monks. 

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  • Arrival: evening of 9 August
  • DISCOVERING ZEN: (3 zazen per day) : From 10 August to 14 August. The timetable is divided between meditation, teaching, samu (voluntary activity in the service of the community) and rituals. There are plenty of explanations for beginners: how to practise on a daily basis, how to concentrate, how to calm your emotions, how to breathe more easily... A friendly meal is served on Tuesday evenings. A friendly meal is served on Tuesday evenings.  Departure on Wednesday after breakfast.
  • REST: 14 August
  • SESSHIN (4 zazen per day) : From Wednesday evening 14 August (6pm) to Sunday 18 August (2.30pm), a more intensive period focusing on zazen, Zen meditation.


(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

  • Full retreat (Preparation and Sesshin): 367 € / 258 € (for students and job seekers) 
  • First 5 days (Preparation): 213 € / 142 €
  • Sesshin 4 days: 191 € / 138 €
  • Bed sheet rental: 6 €
  • To participate in the activities of the monastery, you must be a member of the Association of the Zen Temple of Weiterswiller. Annual fee: 15 €. 

INFORMATION : The Community of Communes of Hanau La Petite Pierre has introduced a tourist tax on the territory to contribute to the development of tourism activities. This tourist tax is applicable from May 1st 2022 at a rate of 80 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).




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  • For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable, dark clothing for practice. If you have a zafu (black or brown meditation cushion), you can bring it. 
  • For meals: bowl + spoon + fork + a large dark napkin to wrap the bowl + a small white handkerchief-type napkin.
  • For the beds: single duvet cover + single fitted sheet + pillowcase - Sleeping bags not allowed. 
  • For everyday use: shoes and work clothes, sandals or flip-flops (to be removed easily), slippers for indoors.
  • Please bring biodegradable hygiene products.
  • Possibility to borrow some items on site. 

Some items are for sale at the temple store. 

Note: mobile phones must be completely switched off throughout the monastery in order to maintain a quiet atmosphere. Possibility to make phone calls in the car parks.


By train
If you need to arrive at Ingwiller station, please coordinate your arrival with the secretariat.




As a participant, we offer you the opportunity to organise car pooling so that you can share the cost while reducing your carbon footprint. And all this while sharing a moment of conviviality with other retreatants :)

The link for the carpooling will be published later.





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