April sesshin

Applications are open for this 7-day sesshin, which starts on Good Friday. It will be led by Kanja Roshi. Please apply by the closing date of 24 March.


May sesshin

Members are welcome to apply for this 7-day sesshin, which starts on 6 May and will be led by Dharman Sensei. Please apply by the closing date of 22 April.



Members and their families are warmly invited to register for the Vesak celebration on Saturday 27 May. You can come for just the day, or stay till breakfast on Sunday. On Saturday morning you can either arrive by car, or we can pick you up from the train in Arboga. Please register by 20 May.


June sesshin

Members are welcome to apply for this 7-day sesshin, which starts on 10 June and will be led by Kanja Roshi. Please apply by the closing date of 27 May.


Beginners' retreat (English)

Every year, we offer two live-in retreats suited to complete beginners, one in English and one in Swedish. Participants will learn everything they need to know to get started with their Zen practice. The English retreat will run from 6 to 9 July and be led by Kanja Roshi this year. Members can apply online. Non-members please email for details.


Nybörjarretreat (svenska)

Varje år har vi två retreater som passar nybörjare, även de utan någon som helst tidigare erfarenhet. Vi har en retreat på svenska och en på engelska. Deltagarna får lära sig allt man behöver för att komma igång med sin zenpraktik. Den svenska retreaten kommer vara 14-17 juli och leds av Sante-roshi i år. Du som är medlem kan ansöka på hemsidan. Alla andra får maila Zengården för ytterligare information.

Artist residency

Starting in 2019, Zengården has been opening its doors to a few artists who are not members of our organization for several Artist-in-Residence weeks each year. In addition to the joy of supporting art and culture, we are hoping for inspiring intermingling and communication.

The artists are free to join in the regular meditation, teachings and ceremonies if they wish. They are expected to respect the Zen training atmosphere and to take their meals with the trainees. We also ask that they give a presentation or panel discussion to the trainees at some point during their residency, but apart from that, they are free to enjoy the atmosphere of Zengården andare given the space and silence needed for their creative work.

The dates of the Artist-in-Residence weeks for each year are published on zentraining.org at the beginning of November the year before. Applications are open from then until 25 February. No fixed selection criteria are set, but preference is likely to be given to applicants working on political and environmental themes within visual art, performing arts, dance and choreography, multidisciplinary art, conceptual art and writing. Both individual artists and groups of up to four people may apply.

The residency includes accommodation and three vegan meals a day. Individual artists are provided with a single room. Group members may need to share rooms with each other.

For more detailed information about the application process, or any other questions, please contact us after 15 November 2022 at: artistres@zentraining.org

The weeks available in 2023 are: 18 - 25 April and 30 May to 6 June.

Applications can be sent in from 15 November 2022 to 25 February 2023.

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