The Retreats: Week-long Zen retreats are held during the year, as set out in the programme below. The retreats are times that Antony and Margie Osler set aside for dedicated Zen meditation practice and anyone wishing to join them is welcome. Each retreat can take up to fifteen persons.

StoepZen retreats follow a plain traditional monastic style adapted to a farm in the veld. The emphasis is on simplicity and on continuity of open-hearted attention in all daily activities rather than marathon sitting meditations. Each retreat is conducted in silence. The daily schedule centres around formal group practice in the zendo (meditation hall) and consists of bowing, chanting, sitting and walking meditation. There are group walks at sunrise and sunset; talks, instruction and individual interviews; manual work; free time and simple vegetarian meals.

Resident Teacher: Zen retreats at Poplar Grove are led by Antony Osler, who received Inka – permission to teach - from Zen Master Dae Gak of Furnace Mountain, Kentucky, under the name and title Dae Chong Osho. Antony has been a student of Buddhism since the early 1970’s. He ordained as a Zen monk under Joshu Sasaki Roshi and has studied under two late Korean Zen Masters, Seung Sahn and Su Bong.

In 2016 Antony was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal by the University of the Free State for exceptional service to South Africa. 

 

Poplar Grove Zendo

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Retreat Programme 2018
Zen Retreats led by Antony Osler, Osho, at Poplar Grove Zendo
17 Mar - 24 Mar 2018    
Human Rights Day Retreat
This is a conventional silent teacher-led Zen retreat, with formal meditation practice, interviews, Dharma talks, work and rest.
   
     
24 Mar – 31 Mar 2018 31 Mar - 7 Apr 2018 21 Apr – 28 Apr 2018
Zen Practice Period
Persons wishing to do both the Human Rights Day and Easter retreats are welcome to continue with less formal practice between the two retreats. And those attending the Easter retreat may arrive early to join the informal practice period.
Easter Retreat
This is a conventional silent teacher-led Zen retreat, with formal meditation practice, interviews, Dharma talks, work and rest.
Freedom Day Retreat
This is a conventional silent teacher-led Zen retreat, with formal meditation practice, interviews, Dharma talks, work and rest.
     
29 Dec 2018 – 5 Jan 2019    
New Year Retreat
This is a standard Zen retreat for those needing a break from the parties, rituals and hangovers of the festive season. We treat ourselves to an especially early bed time on New Year’s eve.
   
 

 
Zen Retreats led by Antony & Margie Osler at other retreat centres
8 - 12 Aug 2018 20 - 24 Sep 2018 7 - 11 Nov 2018
Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo Emoyeni Bodhi Khaya

Bookings for these retreats can be made through the host centre.

 

 
Retreats/workshops hosted at Poplar Grove during 2018

Some Zen or meditation groups have already made bookings for 2018 and other groups or individuals are welcome to contact Margie for a similar arrangement.

Workshops/Retreats for children in need are held on dates still to be finalized. Anyone wishing to help or participate in such events can contact Margie.
 

   
Costs: Costs: R550 per day – discount for couples, pensioners, students, preceptees; scholarships on request. Bookings: Booking for Poplar Grove retreats can be made with Margie via the details on the Contacts page; a place is secured with a 50% deposit and rooms are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Bookings for retreats at other venues can be done through those venues.