Annual Retreat (Summer Sesshin) 2011:

At the end of September every year, we hold a 3-day Zazen retreat at EarthSpirit, a residential centre just outside Glastonbury, situated in beautiful countryside next to a nature reserve, and with extensive gardens.

The retreat starts on Thursday 29th September (arrive between 6 and 7pm; evening meal provided) and ends on Sunday 2nd October at 4pm. Join us for 3 days of Zazen practice and talks on Buddhism, with ample free time to explore the surrounding area.

The cost for the full 3 days is £210 (waged) and £170 (unwaged) inclusive of accommodation and vegetarian meals. The cost for Saturday and Sunday only is £175 (waged) and £140 (unwaged).


If you would like more information on the retreat, please call Mike on 0117-924-3828, or send an email to

  • To book a place please download our form that you can print out on your computer. Complete the booking form and return it with a deposit of £30 per person by Friday Sept 16th at the latest. Please make cheques payable to "Dogen Sangha UK". We will then confirm your place, and send you a map of how to get there.
  • To see more pictures of EarthSpirit and the timetable for the weekend click here.
  • To view pictures of previous retreats with Dogen Sangha Bristol click here
  • If you have not practiced Zazen before, we recommend that you attend one of the sittings on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 6:15pm first. You will also find a detailed explanation of how to practice Zazen and kinhin in our online electronic booklet (Adobe Acrobat pdf format) “Introduction to Buddhism and the practice of Zazen"