This will be a 2.5 day sesshin at Sheringham YHA in Norfolk led by Senior Teacher Guy Mokuho Mercier

The sesshin will include a precepts ceremony for specific sangha members who have for some time been preparing for ordination


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 the tenzo (head cook) 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 in the Cantal region of France and leads the Tenborin Zen Association.  He leads sesshins year round in France, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


Arrival: Friday 3th February from 16:00 (4pm)

Departure: Monday 6th February after 15:00 (3pm)

It is possible to stay on Monday night and leave instead on Tuesday morning before 10:00am at no extra cost.


Sheringham Youth Hostel,  Cremer’s Drift, Sheringham, Norfolk  NR26 8HX. The Youth Hostel is situated off the A149 Coast Road in Sheringham, behind St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. The Sheringham Youth Hostel is only a 5 minute walk from the Sheringham Train Station.

How to get there:

Take the train directly to Sheringham. Trains from Norwich run once an hour.

National Express Coach services and MegaBus all go to Norwich, and you can take bus or train from Norwich. bus Nos. 44, 44a, X44 or X40 run every 30 mins. See Sanders Coaches


Dark, loose-fitting clothes for zazen, and clothes for samu (work in the kitchen, cleaning or gardening). A zafu and zabuton(mat) if you have one. (some spares available)

A bowl (or oryoki set), cutlery and cloths to wrap them in.  Your own mug please.


 – Appropriate covid protocols may be implemented if necessary, details to follow.


Recommended: Friends of IZAUK – £155, Non-members – £170
Low Wage: Friends of IZAUK – £130, Non-members – £145
Unwaged: Friends of IZAUK – £105,  Non-members – £115

A £20 discount will be deducted from these prices if you book before midnight on 20th January with a £25 deposit, or full payment.  Please note that deposits are normally non-refundable.

Bursary Fund:

Don’t let finances stop you attending.  Friends of IZAUK who require financial assistance are entitled can apply for help from the Bursary Fund.  To apply to the fund please contact John Callaghan before the sesshin.

All money in the Bursary Fund has been donated by other members at times when they were able. Sometimes we are able to give, and at other times we may need to receive. Please don’t be afraid to ask.

[You can become a Friend of IZAUK via the IZAUK website or at the sesshin]


For any other enquiries, please contact Adrian Tuttiett

Registration for the Sesshin is now closed – please contact Adrian above if you would like to be considered in case someone cancels