The Ryokan Dojo de Barcelona organizes the 12th Edition of Zen y Playa with Master Soko, from Friday 25 of August to Sunday 3 of September 2023. The retreat takes place in Can Oliver, a well equipped vacation complex surrounded by nature, with swimming pool, fully equipped and adapted for children and people with reduced mobility, 30 minutes from the beaches of Empúries (Costa Brava).


The first zazen (zen meditation) of the day, weather conditions permitting, takes place by the sea on Muscleres beach, in front of the Empúries archaeological site, starting just before sunrise. A great opportunity to discover, experiment and deepen the practice of zazen, in a beautiful natural setting, together with regular practitioners, monks, nuns and people who are new to the practice of zen. Registration open, limited places.


The session starts with a first zen meditation, zazen, on Friday the 25th at 8:00pm in Can Oliver, then continues with 8 ½ days of zen practice, with a day off on Thursday 31st, finishing on Sunday the 3rd of September at noon. Along with the everyday practice of zen (zazen, samu and kesa) other activities are organized (introductions to zen practice for newcomers, yoga, shiatsu). The arrival for the full session is Friday 25 at 6:00pm. It is highly recommended to participate for the full session, but it is also possible to join in for one or more days.


The Place (Can Oliver):

Surrounded by forests and fields, Can Oliver has a private forest and large open spaces to carry out activities in complete tranquility and enjoying nature. With a swimming pool and playground for the little ones, the complex is fully equipped and is suitable for people with reduced mobility. Located in Pontós, on the plain of l'Empordà, well connected: 15' by car from the Figueras train station (AVE), 1h30' from Barcelona, 25' from the border with France and 30' from the beaches of the Costa Brava.


GPS: 42º 11’29.94’’ N (Latitude 42.19165) 2º 55’0.95’’ E (Longitude 2.916931)



Members of the Ryokan Zen Dojo de Barcelona (minimum 3 months of seniority):

9 days €285

7 days €245

single day €45


Non members:

9 days €335

7 days €285

single day €45


Residents in Latin America:

9 days €225

7 days €175

single day €30


Prices include all activities, lodging and food. The price for single days corresponds to 24-hour periods, that is, they always include one night lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Minimum prices, fusé welcome.


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