Second summer retreat

Second summer retreat 13-21 August

Since the time of the Buddha, certain periods of the year have been dedicated to long term spiritual retreats. These originally corresponded to the rainy season. 

Since then, this tradition has been carried on, and is now also being continued in Europe. A rare opportunity to withdraw from the world and devote oneself to the practice of zazen - Zen meditation. 

These retreat is open to all, beginners and advanced. Experienced monks and nuns are available to answer questions from those who are coming for the first time.

The retreat has two parts:

  • Preparation (3 zazen per day): From Friday evening (6pm) to Tuesday. The schedule is divided between meditation, teaching, samu (Volunteer activity for the community) and rituals.
    There will also be moments of relaxation (a day of rest on Wednesday). 
  • Sesshin (4 zazen per day): From Wednesday (6pm) to Sunday (2.30pm), a more intensive period focused on zazen, Zen meditation.

It is possible to take part in the first part, the second part or the whole.


A great opportunity to discover or deepen the practice of Zen !


We continue to ensure health safety at the temple.

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(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

Summer sessions

  • Full retreat: 339 € (248 € for students and job seekers)
  • The first 5 days (preparation):195 € (136 € for students and job seekers)
  • The last 4 days (sesshin) : 177 € (132 € for students and job seekers)
  • Bed sheet hire: 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 75 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).

In order to register please write an email to:




  • 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: shoes and work clothes, sandals or flip-flops (easy to remove), slippers for indoors 
  • It is possible to borrow certain items on site. 
  • 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 in the monastery. It is possible to make phone calls in the car parks. 



By train
If you'll arrive at Ingwiller station, please coordinate your arrival with the office.

03 88 89 26 02 (Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am-12pm).



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