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A Spiritual Retreat


The Gendronnière: a meeting place for the sanghas

Approximately once a month, a zen teacher from the International Zen Association leads a sesshin (intensive meditation retreat). For those who are staying long-term, it’s an opportunity to meet various teachers and hear different perspectives on the Way of Zen.


The Gendronnière: an international temple

French is the most commonly used language, but many nationalities are represented, giving rise to enriching intercultural exchanges. We do our best to always translate what is said in the languages of those present.

Learning to live together

In Zen tradition, it’s important to learn to live together, overcoming our limits and preconceived ideas. That can happen when we all strive to evolve together.

A typical day (tentative schedule; may vary, in exceptional circumstances)

6:00 am wake-up
6:30 – 7:05 am zazen
7:05 – 7:15 am kinhin
7:15 – 7:40 am zazen, kaijo (traditional sounds)
7:45 – 8:15 am ceremony
8:20 am   procession
8:30 am genmai (breakfast) + coffee
9:45 am – 12:30 pm samu (collective or individual)
1:00 pm meal taken in silence
2:45 – 5:00 pm samu, teachings, initiations
6:00 pm zazen + kaijo
7:30 pm  informal meal
9:30 pm lights out or individual study time


Monthly rate: 300 euros (sesshin included)
+ annual AZI membership: 45/35 euros

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