Zen Zentrum Johanneshof-Quellenweg

About This Center

The Buddhist Study Center Johanneshof-Quellenweg is a Zen Buddhist Practice Center, offering a (hopefully) realizational space, dedicated to the practice and enactment of wisdom and compassion. We practice still seated meditation every morning and evening. 

Johanneshof-Quellenweg was founded by Zentatsu Baker Roshi, the Dharma Heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, in 1996. Baker Roshi is the Abbot and Head Teacher at Johanneshof-Quellenweg.

We offer more than 40 retreats each year: Zen seminars for beginners and experienced practitioners, Sesshins (7 day intensive meditation retreats), work practice weeks, seminars for young people and for families, and a 90-day Practice Period from September through December. We also offer seminars exploring the relationship between psychological aspects of Zen practice; seminars in the field of body work (specifically, how to develop our bodily minds in relationship to zazen practice); Zen calligraphy; and mindful communication.

Venue Highlights

The Zen Center is located in the Southern Black Forest, right in the corner between France, Switzerland, and Germany. It is a beautiful area to hike in the summer and a renowned area for cross-county skying in the winter. On a sunny day, you can get a view of the Swiss Alps. Freiburg (Germany) is about one hour drive North of us, Basel (Switzerland) about one hour South, and Strasbourg (France) about one hour West.


We offer single rooms, double rooms, and dorm style rooms. Some rooms have a sink and some don't. We have one suite with a bathroom and one single room with a shower. Bedding and towels are always included. All rooms have a desk and wifi. For most rooms the bathrooms and toilets are on the same floor.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Vegetarian meals


The closest airports are Zürich, Switzerland and Basel, Switzerland. From both airports you can take a train to Stein-Säckingen. We can usually pick you up in Stein.

If you come from within Germany, the closest train station is Bad-Säckingen.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Connect with nature and remember my spiritual self is timeless Zoe

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.