Midlife Ceremony Switzerland


The Midlife Ceremony is a seven day meditation retreat, where we reexamine life and death. To accept our own mortality and to take the highest possible personal responsibility not in favor of fun, but to truly have a meaningful life. Through these seven days we rarely leave the meditating posture, even to lie down. The activities of the week consist entirely of meditation. The meditation retreat (Midlife Ceremony) starts monthly every first Friday at 15 o'clock and ends Thursday at 15 o'clock.

The midlife ceremony at the Honora Zen Monastery in Switzerland every month there is the retreat 7 days.

Gold is tested by fire, a jewel is tested by a stone,
water is tested with a pole, a person is tested by his word.


  • 04:00  Meditation
  • 05:45  Breakfast
  • 07:00  Module
  • 12:00  Lunch
  • 14:00  Module
  • 18:00  Dinner
  • 19:15  Meditation (4x 45min)
  • 23:00  Lights out!

Module (not freely selectable): Meditation, Working, Cooking, Hiking, Gardening, Others. The schedule can vary.

Midlife Ceremony Switzerland

Zen Monk Abbot Reding

In the year 2016 we opened the gates to the public. After ten years of continuous reexamination of the words and actions of the wise and holy Ones in japanese and south-korean zen monasteries, Zen Monk Brother Marcel founded, in mutual reliance with the clergy and laity, the Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland in 2014. He absolved a pilgrimage through Japan (3000 miles) doing traditional almsround as a way of thanks for the ten-year training as a zen monk.

As founder and head monk he is in charge of the Honora Zen monastery in Reichenburg and the Eremita Zen temple in Einsiedeln.


The retreat starts monthly every first Friday at 15 o'clock and ends Thursday at 15 o'clock.


We take a deep breath and ponder the imponderable. Sit relaxed and penetrate the deep of the deepness. Everyone concentrates his consciousness on the given task while working. To work is to cleanse the mind. Work is a opportunity to meditate and become awakened to the real self. A small event in daily life can become an important moment of awareness for one who is in great darkness.


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We eat what will be served (vegetables, meat, fish, etc.) and be grateful. The Zen temple etiquette gives a framework to consciously carry out and process your own words and actions.



Honora Zen Monastery
Ussbergstrasse 26
8864 Reichenburg

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

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