• Find Your True Nature

    The European Winter Meditation Retreats 2020


This year our Winter Retreats will be held across Europe in three locations: Spain, The Czech Republic, and Poland. You can enter for the duration of 2 days up to 3 months.

03.01 – 02.02 Bori Sa, Catalonia, Spain

04.01 – 03.04 Seon Mun Sa, Vrazne, Czech Republic

09.02 – 08.03 Wu Bong Sa, Warsaw, Poland

We have over 40 years of experience in organizing intensive silent retreats in the tradition of great question “Who am I?” brought from the East by Zen Master Seung Sahn, 78th patriarch of Korean zen. Keeping “Don’t know” begin your kongan training.

Winter Kyol Che

Dates & Venues

  • Spain 03.01 - 02.02.2020

    03.01 – 02.02

    Zen Master Bon Shim

    Bon Shim SSN retreat

    Join us for a 1 month meditation retreat in the mountains. Bori Sa is located amidst the magnificent scenery of Alta Garrotxa Natural Park. We’ll practice sitting, bowing, chanting, working and eating together in complete silence.

    Possibility of sitting the retreat for weeks, entrances and exits on Saturdays.

    For more details… Registration

  • Czech Republic 04.01 - 03.04.2020

    04.1 – 15.2

    Dharma Master George Hazlbauer

    15.2 – 29.2

    Zen Master Gu Ja

    29.2 – 21.3

    Dharma Master Alma Potter

    21.3 – 03.04

    Dharma Master Bogumila Malinowska

    Stipends available. Write to: council.kuszeu@gmail.com.
    There are three entrance dates to our Kyol Che in Vrazne:
     – 3/1/2020 20:00
     – 8/2/2020 17:30 – 18:30
     – 7/3/2020 17:30 – 18:30
    You can come for a minimum of 1 week.
    Exit on the 7th day and then after each consecutive week.

    For more details… Registration

  • Poland 09.02 - 16.03.2020

    09.02 – 16.02 and 16.02 – 23.02

    Zen Master Bon Shim

    Entrance 09 February at 18:00 / 2nd entrance 14 February at 18:00.

    Entrance 16 February 16 at 18:00 / 2nd entrance 21 February at 18:00.


    23.02 – 01.03

    Dharma Master Koen Vermeulen

    Entrance 23 February at 18:00 / 2nd entrance 28 February at 18:00.


    01.03 – 08.03

    Zen Master Joeng Hae 

    Joeng Hye SSN

    Entrance 1 March  at 18:00 / 2nd entrance 6 March at 18:00.

    Stipends available. Write to: council.kuszeu@gmail.com.

    For more details… Registration

Winter Kyol Che 2020




What is Kyol Che ?

“Kyol Che” is a traditional Korean zen meditation session held in temples and monasteries.  The experience of a whole group immersed in silence, looking deeply into the inquiry into “Who am I?” can change your life forever. Meditation in Kwan Um School is a practice of the very essence of clear mind – training of concentration, wisdom and compassion – beyond any religion. Zen Master Seun Sahn said: “I don’t teach buddhism, I only teach don’t know”.

How to prepare ?

Please bring your sleeping bags, towels ,warm socks, which we use in the Dharma Room, loose trousers reaching your ankles for sitting meditation. All participants are obliged to arrive with valid medical insurance. Each retreat will provide more specific details.

Why Join the Kyol Che ?

When we practice together, we learn from one another. Individual practice is important, but when we only practice individually, it is difficult to see our  limitations and our karma, the karma of our mind. The sangha is like a mirror, in which you can easily see your limitations, the limits of your actions and your opinions.

If you read something about zen and buddhism make sure that your digestive system works correctly, because you must necessarily digest it. Only then wisdom can appear. Digestive system of mind works efficiently only when your don’t know is clear and meditation strong.

Zen Master Joeng Hye

Members talk about Zen Retreats

Kyolche can vary depending on a person and throughout years of my practice it has been all. In the beginning it used to be a challenge for body and mind showing that I am capable of going beyond my own limitations and not moving (not leaving!) regardless of the conditions. I learned to go on no matter if my leg hurt, my roommates were snoring or being hurtful, the schedule was harsh, just following the situation both in harmony and chaos, when I felt strong but also when I felt worthless or jealous.  This endurance created a different kind of strenght in myself. Later it changed into deeply transformative experiences of finding energy in stillness and presence of something unspeakable and eternal. And now it’s mostly a peaceful, bright, space-like, somehow transparent experience of easing into every day life filled with sitting, eating, sleeping, drinking tea, working in the kitchen, looking at friends. Who knows what comes next? Don’t know!

Senior Dharma TeacherWarsaw Zen Center

It is hard to describe what happens when you sit a week long retreat. I can see my mind at work and I see good things and bad things appear, which may not always be pleasant. At the end of the week something has shifted and my mind has become a bit clearer.  It is a subtle change, but it has a positive impact on how I respond to everyone around me and to daily life. This is the reason why I will be back to sit another week of Kyolche when I have a chance and I wish that more people will share this experience with me.

VeroniqueOnline Sangha

Winter Kyol Che 2020 Registration

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