This is a week-long IZAUK Sesshin being led by Senior Zen Teacher Mokuho Guy Mercier at Crosby Hall (near Liverpool)

This will be a 6 day sesshin including the opportunity to receive the precepts. This means to take refuge in the three treasures: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is also called “Bodhisattva Ordination”   – People who would like to make this commitment should contact their Dojo head as soon as possible. The IZAUK Annual General Meeting will take place during this week.

Mokuho Guy MercierAbout the Teacher:

Guy Mercier was born in Paris in 1946 and first practiced zazen with Master Deshimaru in 1973. He became his disciple in 1976 after receiving monk ordination. He then actively participated in the life of the sangha by organizing summer camps, taking responsibility for the kitchen (tenzo) in 1977 and 1978 at Val d’Isère, then helping set up La Gendronnière in 1979-80. After Master Deshimaru’s death he remained active in the Paris sangha. From 1986 to 1991, he was again tenzo at La Gendronnière and became head of the temple from 1991 to 1997.

In 2004 he started the Tenbôrin Association which brings together members of his sangha, and in September 2008 received Dharma transmission from Sojun Matsuno Roshi. He is the current Abbott of La Gendronnière, our head temple in the Loire Valley of France. He holds sesshins in France, Spain, England and Switzerland.


Arrival: Sunday 26th may 2024 from 4:30pm.

Departure: Saturday 1st June approximately 3pm.

Venue: Crosby Hall Educational Trust Centre, Back Lane, Little Crosby, Liverpool L23 4UA.

What to bring:

Bring loose, dark clothes for zazen plus a zafu and zafuton if you have them. For eating you will need either an oryoki set or three different sized bowls with a cloth to wrap them (please ask for further information if needed).


Friends of IZAUK:  Recommended – £270,  Low Wage – £240, Unwaged – £210
Non-Members / others: Recommended – £285, Low wage – £255, Unwaged – £220

    • NOTE: a £20 discount will be given to all those who book by 5th May!
    • We kindly request that full payment is completed by 22nd May
    • IZAUK members who require financial assistance can ask for help from the Bursary Fund. Contact John Callaghan at
    • Please contact the organiser ( to discuss cost if you are unable to come for the full week

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Please note! – The bookings are currently PAUSED, as we are approaching capacity.

We do however have a waiting list – and there’s every chance that we’ll have spaces open up  – so do please – email and ask to be put on the waiting list for this sesshin!