This will be a 2.5 day Zen Practice Retreat (Sesshin) at Burwell House (Near Newmarket and Cambridge) to be led by Senior Teacher, Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure

About the Teacher:

Taiun Jean-Pierre-Pierre Faure, born 1945, is the father of three children. He holds a PhD in physics and has been practising zazen since 1977. He was ordained a monk by Master Deshimaru in 1981. He created the Marrakech Dojo, then became head of the Toulon Dojo. From 1997 to 2002 he was the head of La Gendronniére Temple, and continues to be one of the leaders of the Association Zen International (AZI). Today, he is Abbott of Kanshoji Temple in La Coquille, near Limoges, France ( He is a disciple of Donin Minamizawa Roshi, vice-zenji of Eiheiji Temple, Japan, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 2003.

Click for more information about Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure.


Thursday 24th October from 4:00pm (zazen at 6pm)


Sunday 27th October at 2:30pm, after clean-up: please plan to stay; we need your help


Dark, loose-fitting clothes for zazen; a zafu if you have one (some will be available to borrow); three nesting bowls (the largest approx 13cm in diameter), a spoon and fork, and a cloth (e.g. tea towel) to wrap them in.  Also, clothes for work in the kitchen, gardens, etc.


Burwell house is a new venue for us. Located 13 miles North East of Cambridge towards Newmarket the address is:  Silver St, Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0EF.

You can see it on Google Maps here:

Travel Information:

  • By rail:
    • (i) to Newmarket, then either by taxi to Burwell House (5.5 miles), or arrange a lift from Newmarket train station by contacting the organiser in advance.
    • (ii) to Cambridge, then buses to Burwell house (journey takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes) as follows:
      • take Citi 1 bus towards Arbury for 4 stops to St. Andrews Street (stop S1)
      • You will be by the Cambridge Bus station. Walk 2 minutes  to the Drummer Street Bus station
      • From bay 9 take bus number 10 towards Newmarket.  Get off at the Silver Street stop on Toyse Lane (about 52minutes) and continue 3 minutes down Toyse Lane, left on Silver street, Burwell House is on the right.  You can also go 1 further stop and get off at Anchor Lane then walk back around the Baptist church  to Silver street
  • Some other public transit options may exist for you – check google maps, and click directions, then the “transit” button  for all your options.


Subject to confirmation:

Recommended:  £145 (Friends);  £160 (Non-members)

Low Wage:         £120 (Friends);  £135 (Non-members)

Unwaged:           £100 (Friends);  £110 (Non-members)

Those booking before 10th October with full payment or a deposit of £25 will receive a £20 discount on the above prices

Friends of IZAUK members who require financial assistance to attend can apply for help from the IZAUK Bursary Fund – Contact John at You can become member at the  sesshin.

Registration / Booking:

Online registrations for this retreat will be opened in due course