Zen and Creativity 7th - 10th July 2022

The history of Zen through the centuries and countries has always shown remarkable creativity. All the arts directly resulting from this practice of presence and unity in the moment, the art of flowers, calligraphy, painting, poetry or pottery for example, express creativity and spontaneity with the work as it is, without trying to correct or transform it.

During this weekend at Ryumonji, the participants will be able to express in each activity, in the context of the life of the monastery, this presence in the moment with all that it has of soothing and deeply inspiring. They will also learn the practice of Zazen, Zen meditation, guided by experienced monks and nuns.
Each day as a whole will then become for the participants the source of their creativity and unity with the world.



All the sutras (...), the whole universe and nature in its diversity, the mountains, the ocean, the trees and flowers, and even the stones, express the merits of the kesa. (...) But having direct contact with it, putting it on, studying it or sewing it are very rare occasions.

Master Eihei Dôgen, 13th century Japan. 
Shôbôgenzo, Kesa Kudoku 

One of the traditional practices of Soto Zen Buddhism is the sewing of the kesa, a garment identical to the one worn by Shakyamuni Buddha 2500 years ago. He had gathered pieces of cloth from various sources to form a long robe and cover his body. This tradition has been passed down from master to disciple through the ages in a spirit of simplicity and deep faith.

The kesa exists in a smaller version, the rakusu: worn on a daily basis, it reminds the practitioner of his or her commitment to the Zen path. 

A kesa repair workshop is also offered during this stay.

During this workshop, everybody has the possibility to learn the rules for assembling these garments, to discover a peaceful and concentrated form of work and to develop qualities of patience and perseverance. Each stitch like a grain of rice, the work like a rice field, and the teaching of the monks and nuns like the water irrigating the whole.
The necessary materials will be at your disposal: black cloth, needles, thread, silk, etc.

The sewing teachers during these retreats have deeply studied the sewing of the kesa. They have received this teaching from older monks and nuns who have guided them so that they can now pass it on themselves.


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Shiatsu (finger pressure) is a manual technique of Japanese origin whose fundamental principles come from traditional Chinese medicine. 

By acting on all the meridians, shiatsu, by listening to the patient and his ailments, harmonises the circulation of Qi (energy) in the body, soothes tensions and energises stagnant areas to rebalance the main functions of the body. Considering the being as a whole, shiatsu does not separate body and mind and acts on the physical, physiological, mental, emotional and psychic functions.

The workshop is focused on the practice, you will be initiated to a benevolent shiatsu, you will learn the katas (basic postures and  gestures) for a shiatsu both toning and relaxing, effective for yourself or your loved ones. 

We will also do do-in (self-massage and soft stretching) with beneficial effects in the practice of meditation and in everyday life.
We will study the theoretical elements on Qi, Yin-Yang, meridians...

Shiatsu is practiced with clothes on, the touch is respectful, attentive and adapted.

Intimately linked to Japan and its traditions, Christine Marie Bottin studied Japanese and worked on traditional arts, transmission, artistic and craft practices and Buddhism. A disciple of Master Taisen Deshimaru, she began practicing zazen in 1978 and was ordained a nun in 1981. Since 2009, she has been studying and practicing shiatsu from the Iokai school taught by K. Sakaki (direct lineage of S. Masunaga) for individual or collective sessions (workshops, do-in).

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This workshop will allow beginners to learn the art of the brush, the line, the first kanji and of course the posture and breathing. For the more experienced, it will be an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of kanji and composition.


Jacques Kugen Foussadier was born in Paris on 8.12.1942. After seven years of study at the Beaux-Arts of Rouen and Paris, encouraged by his masters, he turned towards the Orient. In 1969, he began with Master Ung-No Lee the long apprenticeship of brush, ink and rice paper: calligraphy, this art of line which reflects the state of mind and allows no regrets. There is only one way: concentration and tireless repetition, which unify subject and object in the deepest part of oneself and thus allow to make the work spring forth as naturally as a source.

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QiGong ? It seems that this training course is exceptional! People leave delighted.

These QiGong exercises (Qi = vital energy; Gong = exercises) were developed centuries ago in China. They were designed to improve the flow of energy in the body and contribute to the maintenance of good health.

Through simple physical movements, blockages and (muscular) tensions are released and the posture becomes more precise. This course is aimed at both beginners and people who already know QiGong and wish to practice for a few days in a quiet environment.


Stefan Reimon Müller-Hieke, Zen Monk, has been practicing QiGong for about 20 years under the guidance of various teachers.He was trained as a QiGong teacher with the monk Shaolin Shi Xingui and with the disciples of the American Taoist master Bruce Frantzis.

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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 75 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).


  • 386 € / 316 € (for students and jobseekers) for Zen and Calligraphy.
  • 368 € / 288 € (for students and jobseekers) QiGong or Shiatsu/Do-In respectively.
  • 270 / 164 € (for students and jobseekers) for Zen and Kesa Sewing.
  • 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 €. 



6:00 : Wake-up bell

6:30 : zazen, sitting meditation

7:30 : ceremony

8:00-8:30 : genmai, ritual breakfast with sutra singing

9:00-12:00 : Zen and Creativity workshop

12:30-13:00 : vegetarian meal based on organic products taken from oryoki (traditional bowls)

14:30-17:00 : Zen and Creativity workshop

18:45-20:00 : zazen (sitting meditation), teaching by Master Wang-Genh. Evening ceremony and offering of the day for the good of all beings.

20:15 : vegetarian evening meal




  • Equipment is provided for the different activities but you can bring your own.
  • For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable dark clothes for the 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 are not allowed. 
  • For everyday use: sandals or flip-flops (easy to remove), slippers for indoors 
  • Sheets rental : 6 €
  • Please bring biodegradable hygiene products. 
  • Possibility to borrow some items on site. 
  • Some items are for sale at the temple store. 

Please note: mobile phones must be completely switched off throughout the monastery. It is possible to make phone calls in the car parks.



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