Retreat Centres

We hold regular retreats throughout the year. There are two at Crosby Hall and smaller ones at our retreat centre in the Lake District.
We also hold retreats in the SWZ Centre in Liverpool – known as ‘Retreats to the City’.  For details of our forthcoming retreats click retreat dates.

Crosby Hall

1Twice a year we hold retreats at Crosby Hall in Little Crosby, Merseyside.
It is a fifteenth century manor house within its own grounds and is a pure delight.

We stay in the education centre of the estate and this is self contained with its own shared bedrooms with bunk beds, sleeping two to four people. Bedding is provided if needed.

Each room has a sink and limited wardrobe facilities.
Toilets and showers are communal and situated in the main corridors.

The barn, which serves as our zendo (sitting hall) has an amazing atmosphere and greatly adds to the ‘magic’ of the retreat.

There are ample parking facilities and retreatants are allowed to walk in the grounds during free time (with thanks to Lord and Lady Blundell for their warm generosity).

Click here for some photos of Crosby Hall.


StoneWater Lake District

12StoneWater Lakes is situated at Keizan Sensei’s Lake District house south of Penrith, in the hamlet of Butterwick.

The zendo is intimate and sits about ten people and is used mainly for weekend sesshins from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. The retreats are held in silence and vegetarian meals are provided.

The daily schedule includes meditation, samu, Dharma talks and interviews with Sensei and usually a chance to go for walks in the outstanding countryside.

These retreats are only open to people known personally to Sensei or who have contacted him previously.

Click here for some photos of Stonewater Lakes.

Click here for a personal account of Stonewater Lakes.

Directions available on retreat booking.


Retreat to the City

retreatcityThis is a city based retreat at the StoneWater Zen Centre, Liverpool. It is led by John Suigen, an ordained monk in the StoneWater Sangha. Participants are resident at the Centre and will join with Keizan Sensei and other members of the Liverpool Sangha at the regular morning and evening sittings.

The retreat usually starts on Wednesday evening by joining with the regular zazen group meeting and continues through to Saturday lunch. The retreats include working meditation, service, and dharma talks. There are several opportunities for interviews with Keizan Sensei during the retreat.