Zazen (meditation) and talks

Meditation is a simple and natural activity which helps to focus mind and to maintain mental and physical health. In practical terms we explain, demonstrate and exercise four meditation postures and two fundamental meditation techniques. This is a non-sectarian approach which also explores links to mindfulness. There is an opportunity for a more in-depth study and one-to-one interview with Zen Master.

Zazenkai with Barbara Jikai Gabrys

Zazenkai, a one day retreat, is a day devoted to focusing mind and introspection. For dates see below:

Saturday 2nd October 2021 ‘There are no Zen teachers, there is only Zen’

It is planned as a blended session, face-to-face at Quaker’s Meeting House and an online via Zoom. Times 9.45 am – 4.30 pm, with lunch break (not streamed) 1 – 2pm. More details to follow in late July.

Registration for Zoom link, enquiries and bookings:

Donations via PayPal: £40, £30 concessions for attendance in person; £10 for online or £5 at your discretion. Please see the buttons on Contact page. Donations from this day will go towards the cost of room hire and preservation projects of a Scottish wildcat.


Saturday 27th February 2021: realigning our lives

It will be an online session via Zoom. Times 9.45 am – 4.30 pm, with lunch break (not streamed) 1 – 2pm.

One of the most beneficial aspects of Zen practice is changing perspective on life events, and deeper understanding of our attitudes. Every action and intention has far-reaching consequences. While the continuing pandemic, social isolation and several environmental crises encourages us to focus on here and now, we need  to consider the impact of our lives on future generations. Mindfulness meditation is one of essential approaches to realign our lives to minimise our footprint.

Saturday 12th September 2020 booked at Quaker’s (see below).  Provisionally, respecting any changes which may happen in accordance with Covid-19 government’s guidelines and orders. However it will be possible to join sittings by Zoom, and have sanzen at agreed time.

Bookings are essential. The safe space at Quaker’s has been adapted to comply with government regulations for places of worship.

There is no limit on Zoom attendance.

12th September 2020: Zen language – a code for spiritual development

How the seemingly paradoxical expressions of Zen can be understood in modern life? The Zen exchanges between masters and monks will be examined in terms of a coded language. Stages of spiritual developments are reflected in poetical language, and also in rough statements.

What is the code of conduct during the retreat? Here it is:

Practical information about the zazenkai

A one-day retreat – or zazenkai in Japanese – is a time of intense Zen practice when we turn our awareness inwards. When you have committed to this day, you may be sacrifying your free time or time with your partner or family.

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Zen for well-being

More information about how this eight weeks course will run to follow in the beginning of September.

Donations are welcome.

Drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions – postponed until further notice due to Covid-19

Mindfulness meditation practices are simple and rewarding: their benefits include lowering stress, managing chronic pain, anxiety and anger, improving capability to relax and autoimmune response. Even on an ad-hoc basis you can notice positive changes – however more lasting results will be achieved with continuing practice.

This series of stand-alone meetings is a continuation of the course ‘Focus your mind: Zen for health and wellbeing’. Every meeting includes a short talk, discussion and gentle mindful movement followed by a group meditation. There are no prerequisites as full instructions on how to meditate will be given at every session. Comfortable clothing is advised; sitting on chairs or meditation cushions. There are handouts, guided meditation scripts to accompany each session as well as a short list of reference sources.

Session fee: donations are welcome.

Further enquiries and register of interest please email:

More information about the past course Quakers-2019.pdf