At the heart of samou weeks - 19 - 25 February

At the heart of samou weeks - 19 - 25 February


To prepare for the temple's 20th anniversary and the inauguration of the
new dojo, a number of samou weeks are being organised.

The samou week will take place from 19 to 25 February 2024. Arrival on Monday 19 February at 5pm.

So many opportunities to come and practise with the sangha, in everyday
daily activities. During these weeks, the tasks are quite varied
the Zen discovery paths, tidying up the garden for the winter, helping to
tidy up the garden for the winter, help in the kitchen, tidy up the cellar, etc.
There's something for everyone.

These weeks are open to everyone, and beginners are very welcome. The
samous take place indoors or outdoors.

Over the last few samou weeks, we've made good progress on the following tasks
ponds, installing charging points for electric cars, painting the
charging points for electric cars, painting a room in the small apartment
painting a room in the small flat, bagging herbal teas...

See you soon at the temple!


(Teaching, accommodation and meals included)

  • Full retreat: 104 € / 105 € (for students and job seekers) 

  • Bed sheet rental: 6 €

  • To participate in the activities of the monastery, you must be a member of the Association of the Zen Temple of Weiterswiller. Annual fee: 15 €. 

INFORMATION : The Community of Communes of Hanau La Petite Pierre has introduced a tourist tax on the territory to contribute to the development of tourism activities. This tourist tax is applicable from May 1st 2022 at a rate of 80 cents per person per night (to pay in addition to the sesshin).

In order to register, please write an email to:



As a participant, we offer you the opportunity to organise car pooling so that you can share the cost while reducing your carbon footprint. And all this while sharing a moment of conviviality with other retreatants :)

Click on the link below to go straight to the event created especially for you. All you need to do is

  • offer one or more places in your vehicle. For the sake of organisation, we ask you to enter your full name and to specify the main stages of your journey for better readability for potential passengers. You can also specify the cost of each passenger (services such as ViaMicheln or Mappy will enable you to calculate the overall cost of your journey)

  • ask for a carpooling solution if you do not have a car. By specifying your place of departure, or the place where you could find a car owner, drivers will know if they can meet your request or not.

Whether you are a driver or a passenger, the platform allows you to exchange messages with each other at any time to request information or simply agree on the details of your trip together.

Shall we travel together ?

Have a nice trip !

To register, please click on the button below: 




  • For meditation (zazen): kimono OR comfortable, dark clothing for practice. If you have a zafu (black or brown meditation cushion), you can bring it. 

  • For meals: bowl + spoon + fork + a large dark napkin to wrap the bowl + a small white handkerchief-type napkin

  • For the beds: single duvet cover + single fitted sheet + pillowcase - Sleeping bags not allowed. 

  • For everyday use: shoes and work clothes, sandals or flip-flops (to be removed easily), slippers for indoors 

  • Please bring biodegradable hygiene products.

  • Possibility to borrow some items on site. 

Some items are for sale at the temple store. 

Note: mobile phones must be completely switched off throughout the monastery in order to maintain a quiet atmosphere. Possibility to make phone calls in the car parks.


By train
If you need to arrive at Ingwiller station, please coordinate your arrival with the secretariat.


A Typical "Daily Life" Day

6:00 a.m Shinrei  - Wake-up bell
6:30 a.m Zazen - sitting meditation1 or 2 periodes
7:30 a.m Choka - ceremony for the good all beings
8:00 a.m Genmai - ritual breakfast in silence
8:30 a.m Coffee - tea - toast
9:30 - 12:00 a.m Samou - community activity
12:30 - 1:00 p.m Meal in silence
1.00 - 2.45 p.m Break - personal study
2:45 - 5:30 p.m Samou - community activity
5:30 p.m Break - personal study
6:45 p.m Zazen - sitting meditation1 or 2 periodes
8:15 p.m Evening meal
9:30 p.m Kaichin - bedtime


To support your zazen practice - zen meditation - Master Wang-Genh has recorded a series of thematic videos. They are available in French, with English subtitles. You need to enable the subtitles. The views were taken at the Zen monastery Ryumonji (Alsace) where Master Wang-Genh most often resides.

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