Before visiting for the first time please contact me for the address and details of how to find the Hermitage.

Introductory Classes

Introductory classes will take place each Saturday afternoon from 2pm – 3.30pm. (If Saturday afternoon does not work for you it is normally not a problem to arrange to come at another time.) The first half of the class will be instruction in meditation including a short meditation period, and the second half will be a talk on the principles and practice of Soto Zen Buddhism. A donation of £5 per person is suggested for this class.

Meditation Evenings

The Hermitage is usually open for evening meditation Tuesday to Friday, 7.30pm-9pm. We have two meditation periods of 30 minutes each with a ten minute walking meditation in between and finishing with the chanting of Evening Office.

Wednesday evening is Sangha Evening and people are welcome to stay on for a cup of tea and Dharma discussion until 9.30pm.

There is no set charge for these evenings – you are invited to give a donation according to your means.

Day Retreats

From 10am to 4pm with a cooked lunch (vegan and gluten-free) provided. Please book your place in advance, at least two days beforehand. It is fine to come for the morning or afternoon only. More information can be found here: Day Retreats

Dates are as follows (all except April and June are on the 3rd Sunday of the month):

Sunday 15th January
Sunday 19th February
Sunday 19th March
Sunday 23rd April
Sunday 21st May
Sunday 25th June
Sunday 16th July
Sunday 20th August
No retreat in September
Sunday 15th October
Sunday 19th November
Sunday 17th December

Residential Retreats

For those who are established in the practice of Soto Zen the Hermitage offers solitary retreat accommodation in an annexe containing a bedroom and bathroom.

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