Retreat and Event Dates

Please advise of dietary requirements ie gluten free, diary free or food allergies at the time of booking a retreat

Retreat to the City, Liverpool

Wednesday 26th to Saturday, 29th June

This popular city based retreat is suitable for folks who prefer a shortened version of a typical zen retreat. In the daily schedule we sit for periods of zazen from early morning to evening with a rest period during the afternoon. All meals are provided and there are opportunities for interview with Roshi.

We begin with supper at 6pm on the Wednesday and end at 12.30pm on the Saturday.
Cost = £90.

To book or for more information please contact John, Suigen:

Please advise of dietary requirements at the time of booking

August Training Period

at Stonewater (Lakes Zendo)

Our annual month long ‘Shuso’ Retreat will be held at the Lakes Zendo from Sunday 28th July to Thursday, 22nd August.

Bookings can be made for any of the following weeks:

Week 1: Sunday 28th July to Friday, 2nd August (Interviews with Keizan Roshi). Cost: £120/£95 concession

Week 2: Sunday, 4th to Friday, 9th August. Cost: £120/£95

Week 3: Samu (work) retreat. Sunday,11th to Friday, 16th August. Cost:£35

Week 4: Sunday, 18th to Thursday 22nd August. Cost: £95

Arrangements can also be made for weekend stays, when meals will be on a self-catering basis and there will be no formal schedule (Cost £40).

This retreat forms part of the training for the Shuso or ‘Head Trainee’  and this year the position will be taken by Karen Shoji Robbie. The position traditionally includes responsibility for organisation of the training period and close work with Keizan Roshi on a koan.

There will be a Shuso Hossen ceremony at the Stonewater Zen Centre in Liverpool on the afternoon of Saturday, 24th August, when the Shuso will present a dharma talk on the koan. This will be followed by a question/ answer session (dharma combat) in which those who wish to support Shoji may challenge her on her understanding of the koan. All sangha members are encouraged to support and witness this ceremony.

Rehearsals for the ceremony will be held on the mornings of Friday, 23rd and Saturday, 24th August in Liverpool.

For more information and to book, contact Karen(Shoji): or on 01974 282686 or download the flyer for the retreat here.

Message from Shoji:
“This is a great opportunity to further your training and to support Stonewater. I do hope you can join me. Warm wishes, Shoji.”

Please advise of dietary requirements at the time of booking

N.B. From 1st July all bookings must be confirmed by payment of a 50% deposit. 


Advance notice of retreat dates 2019-2020


October 2019

Autumn Sesshin at Crosby Hall, near Liverpool.
Sunday 27th October to Saturday, 2nd November.

Please advise of dietary requirements at the time of booking

April 2020

Spring Sesshin at Crosby Hall, near Liverpool.
Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th April

Please advise of dietary requirements at the time of booking