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.

 

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Retreat Programme 2017
Zen Retreats led by Antony Osler, Osho, at Poplar Grove Zendo
18 Mar - 25 Mar 2017    
Human Rights Day Retreat

This is a conventional silent teacher-led Zen retreat, with formal meditation practice, interviews, Dharma talks, work and rest.

   
8 Apr – 29 Apr 2017 8 Apr -17 Apr 2017 22 Apr – 29 Mar 2017
Zen Practice Period
This continuous practice period is a unique opportunity for extended Zen practice. It consists of formal retreats at the start and end, as well as a less intensive period inbetween, as set out below. Persons can attend for the whole period or for either/both of the two formal retreats.
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.
30 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018    
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
9 - 13 Aug 2017    
Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo The usual away-retreats at Emoyeni and Bodhi Khaya will not take place in 2017 due to the PGZ teachers doing sustained retreat practice in the USA. These retreats are due to resume in 2018.

Retreats/workshops hosted at Poplar Grove during 2017

Some Zen or meditation groups have already made bookings for 2017 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: The price for retreats is R500 per day for retreat, accommodation and three meals. There is no fee for Zen teaching but, in accordance with tradition, any voluntary donation (dana) is welcome to support and thank the teacher. 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.