At general demand the workshop will be in Dutch.
This webpage will be translated in Dutch soon!


Six days contemplating beauty
from Monday July 15th to Saturday July 20th
in Oberdürenbach (Germany).


Based in our charming guesthouse in Oberdürenbach,
a wonderful location in the beautiful Eifel region,
we will follow a relaxed, yet rich program.

We meditate and perform liturgy,
We walk silently in nature, and look at the stars at night.

We do contemplative drawing,
sing together and listen to music!

We visit the Romanesque monastery church of Maria Laach.

We share our thoughts and feelings about a favorite poem
or about a beautiful object that you particularly love
and brought from home.



During the retreat, we will make two daytrips and visit the beautiful Arp Museum in Bahnhof Rolandseck nearby in Remagen
and the zenlike Bruder-Klaus-Kapelle, build by architect Peter Zumthor in Wachendorf.

Also, we will experience the beauty within …



Frank De Waele Roshi, our zen teacher of the Zen Sangha, will be leading and facilitating this workshop on ‘Zen and beauty’.
Roshi has a background in the Fine Arts and thaught Painting at the Academy of Leuven. He worked in several museums (Ghent, Brussels, Venice) and as an art guide in Paris. He has designed and led multi-day art trips (Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, Assisi, Chartres, Cologne) and art contemplation workshops (Ghent, Giverny, the Provence, Lisbon, London). In the sangha, Frank Roshi regurlarly organizes contemplative art visits. Click here to read more about Roshi


Consider combining this workshop with the sesshin
the week before with Frank Roshi in Oberdürenbach
from Monday July 8th to Sunday July 14th!
Read about this sesshin here




Schedule of the day

7:30 zazen
8:10 breakfast
9:15 work meditation
10:30 coffee and tea
11:00 ‘Zen and beauty’ session
13:15 lunch

lunch break

15:30 coffee and tea
16:00 ‘Zen and beauty’ session
18:15 supper
19:45 ‘Zen and beauty’ session
21:00 end of day

The schedule is subject to change.


Start workshop: Monday afternoon July 15th at 6.30pm with a light supper.
End workshop: Saturday afternoon July 20th at around 3pm.
You can arrive on Monday afternoon July 15th from 3pm onwards.

By signing up for this workshop, participants agree to the ‘Guidelines of Conduct for Workshops’, posted at the bottom of this page.



Haus Königssee,
Hauptstrasse 45,
56651 Oberdürenbach (Eifel)

Please visit their website:

Haus Königssee was the former ‘Dorfgastätte’ (1893). The house was renovated in the early nineties in an ecological way into a charming and modern retreat house. It is located on the outskirts of the rural village of Oberdürenbach in the volcanic hills of the Eifel nature reserve.
We will be accommodated in nice, comfortable double or triple rooms, each with its own bathroom.
There is room for up to 25 people.

In our sangha all meals are vegetarian, but not vegan. If requested we can provide lactose-free and gluten-free food. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate other dietary requirements.



Participation fee
(everything included except the museum ticket in the Arp Museum in Remagen and the travel expenses to Remagen and Wachendorf)




participation fee

Workshop from July 15th to July 20th
(6 day workshop)
Zen Sangha member

€ 450

other participant

€ 500

Sesshin ‘Embody your life’ and the workshop ‘Zen and beauty’ combined, from July 9th to July 2oth (14 days): cost-contributing
Zen Sangha member

€ 800

other participant

€ 900

Cost-contributing Zen Sangha members are those who have paid the annual Zen Sangha membership fee and in addition have made an annual cost contribution. Read more about membership here



Registration, Payment and How to Get More Information

To register, please use this online registration form.
After registering, make your correct payment to the new Zen Sangha bank account:
IBAN: BE81 8901 5424 8724
Please indicate clearly ‘your own name + workshop on beauty´(or if you sign up for both the sesshin and the workshop: ‘your own name + workshop & sesshin’)´
Only upon receiving your payment is your registration valid, which will be confirmed by mail.
Registration for this workshop closes on Monday July 10th.

To get more information, mail to

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation fee is fifty euros and benefits our solidarity fund, with which we grant reductions to certain participants upon request.

upper garden – photo Wim Schrever


Bring along
Loose (black) clothing, slippers, hiking clothes and possibly your own bench or sitting cushion (zafu).
If possible, bring your own towels and single sheets (ie pillowcase, duvet cover and bottom sheet) with you!

Writing materials as well as a favorite poem and a beautiful object you particularly love.



By car
Take the motorway (A61) from Cologne to Koblenz to exit 32 Niederzissen. Then follow the direction of Nürburgring until Niederdürenbach.
Outside this village, turn right in the direction of Oberdürenbach.

By train

Every day in the morning an ICE train departs departs from Brussels-South (Midi) to Cologne (Köln Hbf) at 10.25am, from where you have a connection to Brohl station on the line RB 25425 MittelrheinBahn (Transregio) between Köln Hbf and Mainz Hbf. You arrive in Brohl (not Brühl !) at 2.04 pm. Total duration of the train trip is 3.39h.
Our shuttle service awaits you at Brohl station and takes you to Oberdürenbach (10km).
For a single shuttle ride (20km) we ask a contribution of € 5 per person. Our shuttle service will run only on Monday 9 July. The return journey to Brohl can be arranged on site.
Reserve your ticket and your shuttle in time.

D: 10.25u Brussels-Midi (train ICE)
A: 12.15u Köln Hbf
D: 12.56u Köln Hbf (train RB 25425 to Mainz Hbf)
A: 14.04u Brohl (do not get out at Brühl near Cologne at 1.13pm!)

By plane
Cologne Airport (70km)
There are several trains from the airport to Cologne, where you have a connection to Brohl station. Our shuttle service awaits you at Brohl station andtakes you to Oberdürenbach (10km).

Frankfurt Airport (150 km)

Dortmund Airport (175km)
flights from Olsztyn-Mazury, Kraków, Gdansk, etc.


dusk in Oberdürenbach – photo Wim Schrever



These Guidelines of Conduct create a container of support and nurturance for everyone. Please follow them completely and wholeheartedly.


Be on time for all the scheduled events: allow enough time to arrive and settle at your place before any event begins. You are expected to participate fully in the schedule.

Observe silence when asked for.

Please refrain from using electronics during sesshin, and make sure that all your businesses are taken care of in advance before coming to Oberdürenbach. It will support your practice.

Be aware of your practice of the Way. It can inspire or demoralize others.

For the time of the workshop, I commit to:

  • a non-dualistic beginner’s spirit
  • a deepened silence and presence
  • a sustained awareness of my own actions and behaviour
  • a kind awareness and respect of others, of the context and the environment
  • a willingness to do manual work as meditation
  • a willingness to abstain from distraction, control and acting out
  • a willingness to allow joy, trust, openness, strength and devotion


“Following the rules lets you find yourself. The rules are not something to restrict you, but something to support your practice.”
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

If you have questions about or difficulties with any of these practice guidelines, please contact

Note that Zen Sangha has adopted the White Plum Asanga’s Ethical Code and the Ethical an Deonthological Charter of the Belgian Buddhist Union.