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Zazen no Tomodachi – Friends of Zen

Refugio Sulayr at Los Pollos, Alpujarra, Spain

Retreat 2020

October 11th, 19th and 27th - One to Six Days
arrival 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm; at 6.00 pm: welcome and introduction

(Arrival at Alqueria de Morayma. At 5 pm transfer up to Refugio Sulayr)

Participation: As of each day above for 1 up to 6 days

Guide: Tom Amatt
Register here. (Maximum Participants: 8 per week)

Fees: there are no fees, however we depend on donations or membership for our service.


The retreat takes place in one of the most remote spots of the Alpujarra section of the Sierra Nevada. It’s views and beauty are stunning, the living environment basic with running (cold) water from our well for kitchen and (outdoor) showers. We follow the principle Zen-Session arrangement, but split the sittings between inside our underground dome during the first half of the day and outsides during the second. A detailed impression of the setting you may obtain here.

5.00 am wake up
5.30 am - 7.30 am two rounds of sessions and walking meditation
7.30 am - 10.00 am preparation of breakfast and work assignments
10.00 am - 10.30 am breakfast
10.30 am - 1.30 pm session and walking meditation
2.00 pm lunch
3.00 pm - 6.00 pm sessions and walking at River Base Dojo and on the Shield
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm individual consultations (dokusan) with guide top of the Shield
7.00 pm - 7.30 pm evening snack
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm individual sessions on different spots on the terrain (dokusan with guide available)

Do not forget to bring with you: warm sleeping bag, meditation outfit, working dress, moccasins and solid shoes, a bowl and cleaning towel. Temperatures at the time are cold to moderately warm. Warm cloth for the morning sessions is imperative.

If you are interested or have questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.