Here you’ll find the the latest information on Events at The Retreat

Event Cancellation

Regarding the Kendo Nagasaki “Meet Peter Thornley” Event of 28th March 2020:

It is with a heavy heart that we must advise you that we have decided to postpone this event, due to concerns surrounding the Covid-19 virus.

The last thing we would want would be for anyone to suffer any adverse consequences as a result of travelling to or from the event, or attending it, and as there is a risk of contracting the virus from being in close proximity with strangers, we feel that out of concern for your well-being, postponement of the event is the only responsible course of action.

As you know, neither Kendo nor Peter would ever wish to disappoint a fan in even the smallest way, but your safety takes priority, and we hope that you will be able to join us for the re-scheduled event when it can safely be held.

We will keep you up-to-date with future events dates as soon as we can set them.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we look forward to seeing you here at The Retreat very soon.

New Event at the Nagasaki Retreat.

We are pleased to announce an Audience with Peter Thornley (The Man Behind the Mask).

This will be a One Day Event on Saturday 28th March 2020.

The cost of this event is £30.00 which includes Lunch, plus Tea, Coffee, and Biscuits which will be available throughout the day.

To apply for a place at this event or to make further enquires, please send an email to

There are limited places available so please book early so that you are not disappointed.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

The Nagasaki Retreat Event November 2017

We are very pleased to announce a weekend date for our event.

The event will take place over the weekend of 11th & 12th November 2017.

For the overnight stays we only have one room with a double bed the rest have all been booked.

To book a place at the event please email, and we’ll get right back to you.

The Nagasaki Retreat – First Event 2017

We are pleased to announce the dates of our first Event for 2017!

The Event will take place over the weekend of 29th – 30th April.

We look forward to seeing you all once again, to still the mind, re-connect with the intuitive self, and find peace and strength…

At this Event, Ian Wilshaw and Paul Douglas will be celebrating their 50th Birthdays!

To enquire about the Event, please email, and we’ll get right back to you.

See you there!

Please Note: due to how busy we are working with the Lee Rigby Foundation on the Lee Rigby House and Lodge projects, we will be announcing events on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis this year, when we can see how to make all the necessary arrangements fit together – please bear with us in this great cause!



2016 Events Calendar – Price Correction!


This is a quick update regarding the 2016 Nagasaki Retreat Calendar and our charges for Events.

The day-rate figure was incorrect – please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


The 2016 Retreat Event rates are as follows:

2-day event including an overnight stay, including the first day’s lunch and evening meal, and the second day’s self-catering breakfast and lunch, and an endless supply of tea, coffee and biscuits: £75.00.

Single day Events (per day), including lunch and tea, coffee, and biscuits: £25.00.


To those of you who have already reserved places at Events, please be assured that the corrected rates will apply to your bookings – for all single days, we ask just the £25.00 rate.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

The 2016 Calendar for Events at the Nagasaki Retreat

Here is our formal Events Calendar for 2016.

1. February 13-14;

2. March 12-13;

3. April 9-10; (“Hana-mi” cherry-blossom viewing Event)

4. May 14-15;

5. June 11-12;

6. June 25-26; (Special Tea Ceremony Event, separate days)

7. July 9-10;

8. September 10-11;

9. October 15-16;

10. November 12-13.


You can apply for a place at these Events at any time, but additional Events will be held during the year, so do keep an eye on the Blog and the Events page for announcements about them.

The above Events will all be held over the 2 days of a weekend (except the Tea Ceremony Event, which is two individual Events over two separate days – see below*), and they are all on Saturdays and Sundays, so however often you visit us, you won’t have to take time off work.

The format for 2-day weekend Events including an overnight stay is as follows:

You’ll arrive late morning on the 1st day, and after a welcome meet-and-greet, there will be a buffet lunch, followed by the afternoon’s activities. There will be a traditional hot evening meal, after which you can relax in the guest lounge before retiring.

On the 2nd day, you help yourself to a self-service breakfast in the guest kitchen, and the morning’s activities start at 10:30. There will be a buffet lunch, followed by the afternoon’s activities, and, of course, an endless supply of tea, coffee, and biscuits on both days!

Each Event is for a maximum of 14 people, with overnight accommodation initially for 7 people.

Our current guest bedrooms include a triple room with 3 single beds, a twin room with 2 single beds, and a double room with a double bed, so please bear in mind that you are likely to be sharing a room with other guests, unless you come as a couple, and then you’ll be given the double room.

As mentioned, the guest accommodaton includes a kitchen with breakfast provisions, a shower room with basin and toilet, a separate toilet with basin, and the guest lounge. Please note that our guest accommodation is upstairs, on the first floor.

We will be expanding our accommodations during 2016, but with rooms initially being limited, please book early to secure your accommodation for overnight events at the Retreat.

Single-day Events include lunch and tea, coffee and biscuits.

The costs are £75 per person for an overnight stay, including all meals and refreshments, and £25 per day if you don’t stay overnight. Please note that our costs for these Events are much higher than these fees, and the difference is covered by a subsidy from the charity, so we would welcome any additional donations to help us continue to grow the work of our Foundation.

To apply for a place at any of these Events, or to make any further enquiries, please send an email to


*The Special Tea Ceremony Event is limited to 5 people per day, and involves Kendo Nagasaki conducting the Japanese Tea Ceremony for you as an individual guest. You will be served Japanese “matcha” green tea in your own unique specially-commissioned tea bowl, and after the tea ceremony, Kendo will ceremonially present the tea bowl to you in a lined presentation box, with a certificate of exclusivity. The tea bowls were commissioned from renowned pottery artist Anne Bates, who came to the Nagasaki Retreat for inspiration in crafting them. The resulting tea bowls artfully encapsulate and reflect the beauty and spiritual depth of the grounds of the Retreat, and perfectly accommodate the time-honoured and artistic Japanese tea ceremony, particularly in the way it is expertly conducted by Kendo Nagasaki.

You will have your own place for the Japanese Tea Ceremony to be served to you individually, and you will receive the specially-commissioned tea-bowl in which Kendo serves you your matcha green tea, all for £100.

As with all income and donations to The Kendo Nagasaki Foundation, the proceeds of this event will go directly towards helping us expand our facilities, so that we can help ever more people find peace and strength through meditation and mindfulness, and we are most grateful for your continued support.

To enquire further or book a place, please email us at

Singing Bowl Healing and Japanese Tea Ceremony Event

This is to announce a new Event Day at the Kendo Nagasaki Retreat – on Sunday, 20th September 2015, Kendo will hold a Singing Bowl Healing Event.

In this version of Kendo’s Singing Bowl Healing, seven people in a circle all receive Healing together, as Kendo plays his 13 singing bowls at the centre of the circle. It’s an excellent introduction to the ways in which the energies of the singing bowls can deeply penetrate all levels of our selves, and bring peace, harmony and balance.

On the day, Kendo will also be holding sittings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, which is a deeply spiritual experience in itself. Also, if you wish, you will have the opportunity to drink Japanese “matcha” tea from your own special tea bowl – we are having a series of tea bowls hand-made for tea ceremonies here, by talented pottery artist Ann Bates. Proceeds from sales of the tea bowls will go to The Kendo Nagasaki Foundation, our charity.

This will be a very peaceful and spiritual day, and should deeply re-charge the batteries of all who come!

It will be a full-day Event, a light lunch is provided, and, as it’s a healing day, there is no charge for participating.

To apply for a place at Kendo’s Singing Bowl Healing and Japanese Tea Ceremony on Sunday, 20th September, please send an email to Kendo will allocate places based upon need, so please be prepared to provide a little information about your need for healing.

See you at the Nagasaki Retreat!

A New Event: Singing Bowl Healing for Seven

Kendo Nagasaki wishes to announce a new Healing Event at The Retreat: it will be a day of Singing Bowl Healing for seven people.

There will be seven places available, and each of the seven attendees will receive an individual Singing Bowl Healing. While one person is receiving healing, the other six will participate in the process and add to the energies transmitted, by being present where the Singing Bowl Healing is taking place, and also by striking a singing bowl at the appropriate time. As they receive healing, they will join Kendo in helping to give it.

The Singing Bowl Healing for Seven Event will take place at The Retreat on on 19th July 2015. Please apply promptly, as demand is expected to be high. Furthermore, Kendo will allocate places based upon need, so please be prepared to provide a little information about your need for healing.

To apply for a place at Kendo’s Singing Bowl Healing for Seven, please send an email to

A Day of Tea with Kendo Nagasaki

We are pleased to announce a special new Event at The Retreat – a Day of Tea with Kendo Nagasaki.

On 13th June, Kendo will hold several sessions of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in his personal Tea Room at The Retreat.

Guests will join Kendo in his tea room, which has been dedicated to Kenshiro Abbe, his judo teacher and spiritual sensei. Kendo’s tea room is of the “Yushin” type, which has western-style seats, so there’s no need to sit on the floor. The ceremony as conducted by Kendo is in the authentic and time-honoured traditional style, and is a deeply spiritual experience. Japanese “matcha” green tea will be ceremonially prepared by Kendo and served to groups of three guests at a time, for several groups during the day.

Of course, 13th is also a Distance Healing day, and those who would normally come to participate in the Healing ceremony are welcome to join Kendo’s Day of Tea. Those who haven’t been to The Retreat before are also very welcome, but because of the various gravel paths, stone steps, and varying terrain, we ask that you must be able to safely negotiate such obstacles before applying.

To cover costs, there will be a small charge of £20 per person, and this will include the Tea Ceremony itself and a buffet lunch, and the opportunity to contemplate at the various spiritual places in the deeply spiritual Grounds of The Retreat.

To apply for a place, send an email to, and if you have any questions, please email them to the same address. Please apply promptly, as there are only limited places available for this special day!

Looking forward to seeing you at The Retreat!

New Events at The Retreat

Following the great reception that Kendo’s Singing Bowl Healing of 13th February has received, we are pleased to announce a further 3 dates for Singing Bowl Healing this year, and full Zen Retreat days.

The dates are:

Saturday, 16th May for Singing Bowl Healing, followed by a full Retreat Day on Sunday 17th May;

Sunday, 16th August for a full Retreat Day on Sunday (including Singing Bowl Healing);

Friday, 13th November for Singing Bowl Healing, followed by a full Retreat Day on Saturday 14th November.

Needless to say, there will be additional activities during the Singing Bowl Healing days, and the full Retreat Event days are themed and packed with fascinating activities!

We have another special announcement as well: between Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November, we will be able to accommodate 5 guests overnight at The Retreat!

We will have 3 rooms available – there will be two twin rooms and a single room, with single beds throughout, and there is a dedicated kitchen, shower room, and lounge available to these rooms. We will provide an evening meal on the Friday, and breakfast on Saturday morning will be on a self-service basis, with cereals, bread, milk, and tea and coffee available in the kitchen. To cover costs there is a charge of £30 per person per night, inclusive of Friday’s evening meal and Saturday’s breakfast.

So if you’re happy to share a room with a friend (or two), you could experience two consecutive residential days of Kendo’s Zen spirituality, mysticism, and healing, and empowerment activities!

In due course, more information will be made available on a dedicated web page, but these dates are now confirmed, and you will be able to make firm plans around them.

We look forward to receiving your applications for places at both the Singing Bowl Healing days and the Retreat Event days, and – importantly – for the 6 precious overnight places available between 13th and 14th November.

Please apply by sending an email to and please also use this email address for any questions you may have.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next Kendo Nagasaki Event!