Retreats and Event Dates

Month long Training Period, 2018 at StoneWater (Lakes Zendo)

With Keith Shingo Parr

Join us for this month long training period at the Stonewater Zendo in the Lakes. This event is suitable for existing Stonewater Sangha members.The training period will begin on Sunday, 29th July and will end on Thursday 23th August 2018.

Bookings can be made for any of the following weeks:
Week 1: Sunday 29th to Friday 3rd August (includes interviews with Keizan Sensei)
Week 2: Sunday: 5th to Friday 10th August.
Week 3: Samu (working) retreat: Sunday 12th to Friday 17th August.
Week 4: Sunday 19th to Thursday 23rd August.

Arrangements can also be made for weekend stays. At weekends, meals will be on a self-catering basis and there will be more free time in the schedule.

This retreat will also form part of the training for the Shuso or ‘head monk’ and this year the position will be taken by Keith (Shingo) Parr. The position of Shuso traditionally includes responsibility for the organisation of the training period and close work with Keizan Sensei on a koan chosen for the Shuso.

There will be a ‘Shuso Hossen’ (dharma combat) ceremony at the StoneWater Zen Centre in Liverpool on the afternoon of Saturday, 25th August, when the Shuso will present a dharma talk on the koan. This will be followed by a question/ answer session in which those who wish to support Shingo may challenge him on his understanding of the koan. All sangha members are warmly encouraged to support and witness this ceremony. Rehearsals for the Shuso Hossen ceremony will be held on the mornings of Friday 24th and Saturday 25th in Liverpool.

Costs (inclusive of meals):

£120 for weeks 1 and 2 (concession rate of £95 for these weeks).
£95 for week 4, (Sunday to Thursday).
£35 for week 3, ‘Samu’ week.
£40 for a weekend stay with meals on a self catering basis.

For more information please contact Keith (Shingo): or on 07930450425
To book please contact Shingo as above From 1st July all bookings must be confirmed by payment of a 50% deposit.

See flyer for this event by clicking here.

This is a great opportunity to further your own training and to support StoneWater Zen in its further development. I do hope you can join us.

Keizan Sensei

Weds 26 – Sat 29 September 2018, Stonewater Zen Centre, Liverpool

This retreat, led by Andy Tanzan Scott, will explore the physical aspects of zen practice and particularly the posture of zazen. Normally we think of zazen as being very still but we are not made of concrete – we do breathe, and we do move!  Exploring this ‘movement within stillness’ will be our theme.

The retreat will be based on the usual Retreat To The City schedule with early morning and evening formal sitting periods with interviews, and the usual Saturday morning zazenkai which will be open to all.  We will finish after the morning zazenkai on Saturday.

The workshops on the Thursday and Friday mornings and afternoons are designed to be cumulative rather than ‘drop in’ and will be open to full time attendees only.  They will incorporate Andy’s 30 years experience of bodywork as well as some of the ideas of Will Johnson and Reginald Reay.

Meals will be vegetarian with self-serve buffet breakfast and lunch, and a soup and salad evening meal. Some basic accommodation will be available at the centre.

Costs £125 incl. food

For a flyer for this retreat click here.  To book your place or for further information, contact:  Andy Tanzan Scott at or ring 07866 775743.

Because of the theme and slightly different format of this retreat early indications of interest would be especially welcome.

Autumn Sesshin at Crosby Hall near Liverpool
Sunday 21st (6pm)to Saturday 27th October (10.30am)

with Keizan Scott Sensei and Tony Shinro Doubleday

Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners, this is a great opportunity to begin or renew training in an authentic and traditional Zen lineage.  This will be a traditional Zen sesshin with sitting and walking meditation, private interviews and Dharma talks.  Demand for places will be high and early booking is strongly advised.  Places are limited and priority will be given to those attending the whole sesshin.

The venue is the CHET centre in the grounds of a Crosby Hall in the countryside near Liverpool. The owner has kindly given permission to walk in the grounds.  Meals will be vegetarian. Arrival & registration from 2pm Sunday, 21st October

Cost: £290 Concessions for non tax payers £225 (limited places)

To book: A non refundable deposit of £50 is required in advance to secure your place.

For bank transfer details and to book, contact Jez Lovekin, Llwyndrain, Pontrhydygroes, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion SY25 6DP

01974 282686 or email



‘Rohatsu’ Retreat, Stonewater Zen Centre, Liverpool
Wednesday, 5th (5pm) to Saturday, 8th December (12.30pm)

Our annual retreat in celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment on the 8th day of the twelfth month. Retreatants will be resident at the Centre and will be joined by the Liverpool sangha at regular sittings throughout these few days. Opportunities for interviews with Sensei.

Cost: £90. A non returnable deposit of £15 secures a place

To book: Please contact John, Suigen :