This will be a 2.5 day  sesshin at Sheringham YHA, in Norfolk with Senior Zen Teacher Mokuho Guy Mercier.


Friday, 01 Mar 2019 – arrive late afternoon, but by 7.30pm for meal


Monday 04 Mar 2019 – leave afternoon around 3pm after samu

About the Teacher:

Guy Mokuho Mercier began practising zazen with Master Taisen Deshimaru in 1973, becoming his disciple in March of 1976 after receiving ordination as a monk.

After Master Deshimaru’s death in 1982, he remained active in the Paris sangha. From 1986 to 1991, he was again the tenzo at La Gendronnière, and became the head of the temple from 1991 to 1997.  In September, 2008, he received Dharma transmission from Sojun Matsuno Roshi in Takefu, Japan.

Today, he is active in the AZI spiritual council, is the head of the Zen Centre of Lanau near Saint Flour in the Auvergne, in France and leads the Tenborin Zen Association.  He leads sesshins in France, Spain, Switzerland and England.

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Sheringham Youth Hostel, See Map – 1 Cremer’s Drift, Sheringham, Norfolk  NR26 8HX.
The Youth Hostel is situated in Sheringham, off the A149 Coast Road, behind St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church

The Sheringham Youth Hostel is only a 5 minute walk from the Sheringham Train Station


Drive, or take the train directly to Sheringham. The train station is 5 minutes walk from the venue.

Other options (some quite cheap) include travelling to and/or from Norwich via National Express, or the very cheap MegaBus  – and then travelling between Norwich and Sheringham on either a GreaterAnglia train, or the X40, X44 or 44A bus services that run from central Norwich to Sheringham at regular intervals. is a ride-share website, and there may be others in your group driving with whom you can share a ride.


Pre-discount cost:

Non – “Friends of IZAUK” Members: Recommended: £165,  Low-waged: £140, Unwaged: £110
Friends of IZAUK members: Recommended: £150,  Low-waged: £125, Unwaged: £100

It is possible to join the Friends of IZAUK at the sesshin, or via the IZAUK Website.

These prices are eligible for a £20 discount if booked with full payment or deposit of £25 BEFORE 18TH FEBRUARY, 2019. Deposits are not normally refundable.

Existing Friends of IZAUK who require financial assistance can apply for help from the IZAUK Bursary Fund – Contact John Callaghan at


Loose dark clothing for zazen, a zafu (meditation cushion) if you have one and a bowl and cloth for meals (a bowl, such as a cereal bowl, spoon and fork, a cloth (such as a bandana, or tea-towel) to wrap them in, and if possible a cloth napkin).

If you need to borrow a zafu, let us know when booking.

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