Retreat and Event Dates

December 2022

Rohatsu Retreat at Fell End, Butterwick, Cumbria

Sunday 4th Decmber to Friday 9th Decmber.

The ‘Rohatsu’ retreat is the traditional way we mark the Buddha’s enlightenment on the eighth day of the twelfth month. This week long retreat in the Lakes follows a typical sesshin schedule and is suitable for new and seasoned practitioners alike. There are also opportunities in the schedule to explore the surrounding countryside which lies on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

Participants will be resident at Fell End, Butterwick.

All meals will be vegetarian. Any specific dietary needs should be mentioned at the time of booking.

COST: £250

For more details and to book contact Stephan, Shigetsu at

January 2023

Five day sesshin  at Fell End, Butterwick, Cumbria

Sunday 29th January to Friday 3rd February.

‘Dark Enigma’ – exploring Master Rinzai’s Rinzai Roku

Led by Gavin Mokuin Strathie Sensei

Our Founder, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, received dharma transmission (Shiho) in both the Rinzai and Soto Schools and founded the White Plum Asangha. Because we are fundamentally a Soto Zen school, we derive many of our core teachings from Master Dogen Zenji who was responsible for bringing Soto Zen to Japan in the early 13th century. But we are also a school that engages in koan practice which is traditionally a feature of the Rinzai school.

This sesshin will take the form of a traditional sesshin schedule with talks on the Rinzai-Roku: Master Rinzai Gigen’s teachings. You are invited to take part in a sesshin which will focus on these teachings in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Places are limited and so early booking is advised.