Nov sesshin 15 front lowThis will be a 2.5 day sesshin at Bilberry Hill Centre (near Birmingham) to be led by Zen Monk Alan Bhukka Smith


Thursday, 12th November at about 6pm to eat at about 8pm


Sunday 15th November after lunch and clean-up (around  3:00 pm – please plan on staying for clean-up – we need your assistance)

Alan Bhukka Smith:

Alan Bhukka began practising with Nancy Amphoux in 1989 and received jukai from her in 1990.  The following year he received ordination from Jean Baby.  After Jean’s death in 2012, he re-ordained with master Kishigami, a disciple of Kodo Sawaki.  Based at the Manchester Dojo, he has taught zazen and sewing for more than 22 years.


Bilberry Hill Centre, Rose Hill, Lickey, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RT

The Bilberry Hill Centre is located on the outskirts of Birmingham, within walking distance of the delightful 500 acre Lickey Hills country park.  Being close (but not too close) to Britain’s central city makes it easily accessible for everyone.  There is a variety of accommodation at the centre, including some single rooms.

How to get there: The nearest train stations are Barnt Green and Longbridge.  Bus number 63 leaves every 15 to 30 minutes from Birmingham city centre stopping at Rednal, Local taxis are Roundabout Cars 0121 453 1313 and Gold’n’Black Taxis 0121 453 4949.

If you need to be collected from the bus stop or train station or if you would like more information about the sesshin please contact Peter on 07788 543 631 email:


Everything you need for zazen (a zafu, if you have one – and a bowl to eat from along with a spoon, a fork and a cloth to wrap them in) – Bring loose, dark-coloured clothing for zazen.


Friends of Izauk: recommended £130,  Low-waged £105, unwaged £85

Non-members:  recommended £145, Low-waged £120, unwaged £95

Izauk Members can apply for help from the bursary fund to attend, through Peter at   You can become a friend of IZAUK at the sesshin.

Registering to Attend:

Please contact peter on 07788 543 631 if you still wish to attend – online booking is now closed.