Zen Créativité



The history of Zen through the centuries and countries has always shown remarkable creativity. All the arts directly resulting from this practice of presence and unity in the moment, the art of flowers, calligraphy, painting, poetry or pottery for example, express creativity and spontaneity with the work as it is, without trying to correct or transform it.

During this weekend at Ryumonji, the participants will be able to express in each activity, in the context of the life of the monastery, this presence in the moment with all that it has of soothing and deeply inspiring. They will also learn the practice of Zazen, Zen meditation, guided by experienced monks and nuns.
Each day as a whole will then become for the participants the source of their creativity and unity with the world.

La grosse cloche du monastère

Arrival on Thursday 29 February June at 5pm. For newcomers, between 5pm and 6.30pm - for regulars between 5pm and 8pm. Welcome conference for newcomers: 7pm. Dinner at 8.30pm. Departure late afternoon on Sunday 3 March.

New ! Ryumonji Monastery is now offering car pooling, so you can share travel costs and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. A more ecological and economical solution, while sharing a moment of conviviality between retreatants :) Find out more below. 

You can register for one of the following workshops:



All the sutras (...), the whole universe and nature in its diversity, the mountains, the ocean, the trees and flowers, and even the stones, express the merits of the kesa. (...) But having direct contact with it, putting it on, studying it or sewing it are very rare occasions.

Master Eihei Dôgen, 13th century Japan. 
Shôbôgenzo, Kesa Kudoku 

One of the traditional practices of Soto Zen Buddhism is the sewing of the kesa, a garment identical to the one worn by Shakyamuni Buddha 2500 years ago. He had gathered pieces of cloth from various sources to form a long robe and cover his body. This tradition has been passed down from master to disciple through the ages in a spirit of simplicity and deep faith.

The kesa exists in a smaller version, the rakusu: worn on a daily basis, it reminds the practitioner of his or her commitment to the Zen path. 

During the sewing weekends, everybody has the possibility to learn the rules for assembling these garments, to discover a peaceful and concentrated form of work and to develop qualities of patience and perseverance. Each stitch like a grain of rice, the work like a rice field, and the teaching of the monks and nuns like the water irrigating the whole.
The necessary materials will be at your disposal: black cloth, needles, thread, silk, etc.

The sewing teachers during these retreats have deeply studied the sewing of the kesa. They have received this teaching from older monks and nuns who have guided them so that they can now pass it on themselves. 

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Two techniques will be developed during the workshop, one in shiatsu for a give-and-take practice involving exchanges and the other in do-in with exercises on yourself. Both aim to enable the body to express its optimum energy potential.

  • Shiatsu: a practice for two 
    Shiatsu (finger pressure) is a manual technique of Japanese origin whose fundamental principles are based on traditional Chinese medicine.

By acting on all the meridians, shiatsu, by listening to the patient and his or her ailments, harmonises the circulation of Qi (energy) in the body, relieving tension and energising stagnant areas to rebalance the body's main functions.

Shiatsu takes a holistic view of the human being, making no distinction between body and mind, and works on physical, physiological, mental, emotional and psychological functions.

The workshop focuses on practice, and you will learn the katas (basic postures and gestures) for a shiatsu that is both invigorating and relaxing. We'll also look at the theory behind Qi, Yin-Yang, the meridians, etc.  

  • Do-in: practising on yourself 
    We'll also be practising do-in: self-massage and gentle stretching, qi-gong movements, which have beneficial effects on meditation and everyday life.

Shiatsu is practised with clothes on (soft clothing), and the touch is respectful, attentive and appropriate.

These shiatsu and do-in practices help to develop coordination, listening skills and awareness of energy circulation. 

Intimately linked to Japan and its traditions, Marie Christine Bottin studied Japanese and worked on traditional arts, transmission, artistic and craft practices and Buddhism. A disciple of Master Taisen Deshimaru, she began practicing zazen in 1978 and was ordained a nun in 1981. Since 2009, she has been studying and practicing shiatsu from the Iokai school taught by K. Sakaki (direct lineage of S. Masunaga) for individual or collective sessions (workshops, do-in).

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This workshop will allow beginners to learn the art of the brush, the line, the first kanji and of course the posture and breathing. For the more experienced, it will be an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of kanji and composition.


Jacques Kugen Foussadier was born in Paris on 8.12.1942. After seven years of study at the Beaux-Arts of Rouen and Paris, encouraged by his masters, he turned towards the Orient. In 1969, he began with Master Ung-No Lee the long apprenticeship of brush, ink and rice paper: calligraphy, this art of line which reflects the state of mind and allows no regrets. There is only one way: concentration and tireless repetition, which unify subject and object in the deepest part of oneself and thus allow to make the work spring forth as naturally as a source.

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QiGong? It seems that this class is exceptional! People leave delighted.

These QiGong exercises (Qi = vital energy; Gong = exercises) were developed centuries ago in China. They were designed to improve the flow of energy in the body and contribute to the maintenance of good health.

Through simple physical movements, blockages and (muscular) tensions are released and the posture becomes more precise. This course is aimed at both beginners and people who already know QiGong and wish to practice for a few days in a quiet environment.

Qi gong

Stefan Reimon Müller-Hieke, Zen Monk, has been practicing QiGong for about 20 years under the guidance of various teachers. He was trained as a QiGong teacher with the Shaolin monk Shi Xingui and with the disciples of the American Taoist master Bruce Frantzis.

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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: 




  • 298 € / 238 €  (students, jobseekers) for Zen and Shiatsu/Dô-In or QiGong, or Essential Oils respectively.
  • 314 € / 246 €  (students, jobseekers) for Zen and Calligraphy.
  • 210 € / 125 € (students, jobseekers) for Kesa Sewing. For those who wish to start sewing rakusu, please allow 20€ (check or cash) for the sewing kit.
  • 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).



6:00 : Wake-up bell

6:30 : zazen, sitting meditation

7:30 : ceremony

8:00-8:30 : genmai, ritual breakfast with sutra singing

9:00-12:00 : Zen and Creativity workshop

12:30-13:00 : vegetarian meal based on organic products taken from oryoki (traditional bowls)

14:30-17:00 : Zen and Creativity workshop

18:45-20:00 : zazen (sitting meditation), teaching by Master Wang-Genh. Evening ceremony and offering of the day for the good of all beings.

20:15 : vegetarian evening meal


To bring

  • 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.




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