Spring Ango period

This year's spring Ango period runs from 26 February to 18 March. There is more sitting and less work, and a long break each afternoon for extra sitting or walks and yoga. Email us for more details.


March sesshin

Applications are open for the March 4-sesshin with Sante Roshi. Closing date for applications is 21 February.


Easter sesshin

The April 7-day sesshin this year starts on Good Friday and will be led by Sante Roshi. Closing date for applications is 2 March.


study weekend

Join Sante Roshi at Zengården for a weekend of philosophical discussion around the theme: What does the word freedom mean in a Buddhist context? And how does it relate to liberation and enlightenment? Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Email for details.


Summer Retreat

The annual summer retreat is coming up (9 to 16 June) and will be led by Sante Roshi. The schedule is less intense and the format more flexible than sesshin. People on their first retreat should be here at the start, other participants may arrive on any day, though pickup/drop off is only offered on Monday and Wednesday. All may choose how many days to participate. Please apply by 11 May.


Beginners' retreat in Swedish

This 4-day retreat will be led by Sante Roshi. It will be in Swedish and is suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refresh their practice. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email if you would like more information or an application form.


Beginners' retreat

This retreat runs from 20 to 24 July and will be led by Kanja Roshi. It is suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refresh their practice. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Please email if you would like an application form, or more information.

What we offer

Here you can read about our different forms of training and introduction to zen practice.

Intensive Retreats - sesshin

A traditional Japanese Zen retreat, or sesshin, is a period when all non-essential work is put aside and participants engage in 9 or more hours of formal zazen each day. The silent zazen is complemented by a daily lecture (teisho) and 2 or 3 private meetings each day with the teacher (dokusan). The intensive nature of sesshin allows one to put aside all workaday concerns and focus strongly on unifying the mind, with the aim of seeing into one’s true nature.

We offer nine sesshins per year. Five of these are seven days long, and four are four days long. If you have not been to a sesshin here before, we would like you to contact us by mail first.

Click here for a pdf of the 2018 schedule

Click here for a pdf of the sesshin application

Summer Retreat

As well as sesshin, once a year in June we hold a seven-day retreat with a lighter schedule. This retreat is particularly suitable for people who are relatively new to Zen.

Residential Zen training

Intensive Zen retreat, or sesshin, is one form of Zen practice. Between sesshins, another form of practice is offered – Zen training. Instead of focussing so strongly on formal zazen, we move from the base of our daily meditation practice into staying aware and present during all activities, whether working, socialising, eating or playing.

The training schedule typically includes five hours of formal sitting each day, four hours of work and several hours of unstructured time. Dokusan (a private meeting with the teacher) is offered regularly to enable students to receive individual guidance on their practice. One day a week has no formal schedule. If you would like to come and stay at Zengården, please phone us during our office hours to discuss your visit with us.

Introduction to Zen

If you are new to Zen, we arrange with you to complete an introduction to Zen practice. You are taken through the practical aspects of Zen practice, including sitting postures and meditation practices and there is plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you have about Zen theory and practice. The introduction can be done either before you arrive at Zengården (at one of the city centres affiliated with Zengården: Glasgow, Stockholm, Helsinki, Lund, Göteborg and Tampere.), or upon arrival.

Zengården   |   e-mail: enquiries@zentraining.org   |   phone: +46 (0) 76 1495374, +46 (0) 72 2257631