Welcome to Associação Zen Flor Silvestre’s webpage!

This page is a short introduction, in English, to the whole website, in Portuguese, to aid non-Portuguese-speaking people to understand what the group is about and how to book any of the annual activities with us.

The Associação Zen Flor Silvestre was formed in Portugal in 2012 by Amy “Tu es Cela” Hollowell, parent of “Association Wild Flower Zen Sangha” formed in France in 2004. We are a non-profit organization and rely solely on members fees and their donations.

We offer three annual retreats in Portugal (Spring, Summer and Autumn) and zen practice groups online, in Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto. We also host events that bring together Buddhism, Zen and meditation with various subjects of human activity, such as psychology, creative writing or the visual arts.

The aim of these activities is to bring beginners or more experienced practitioners together and to reinforce individual and collective practice, supporting the profound development of the entire community.

If you would like to become a member of this association, thus supporting our individual and collective practice, please contact us: wildflower.pt@gmail.com.

To learn more about Wild Flower Zen sangha and Roshi Amy Hollowell please visit the Wild Flower Zen pages (English and French).

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About our retreats

This document was approved by the Board of Associação Zen Flor Silvestre (AZFS) to aid organization and management of retreats as well as participants’ bookings. Please read it carefully before booking one of our retreats and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries to wildflower.pt@gmail.com. Last update: October 2017 1. Types … Continue a ler About our retreats

Spring Retreat

DATES: 2023 to be announced VENUE: Instituto Secular Servas do Apostolado (Quinta de Santo António, Almegue. 3040-007 Coimbra). SCHEDULE: PRICE: **Please note, if you are not a member of Associacao Zen Flor Silvestre and this is your first retreat with us in 2022 we kindly ask that you pay +15 euro (membership fee) to help with running costs. The cost(s) … Continue a ler Spring Retreat

Summer Retreat

DATES: 30 July to 6 August VENUE: NATURENA Agro-turismo. Rua de Sertão 110, 4905-077 Durrães (Barcelos), Portugal (images aqui). SCHEDULE: Arrival Saturday 16-18h; finish Saturday at noon. ATTENTION!! Due to the pandemic situation we live in, it may be necessary to present proof of vaccination or test on arrival. ACCOMMODATION AND COSTS (for the whole week) … Continue a ler Summer Retreat

Autumn retreat

DATES: TBA VENUE: SCHEDULE: PRICE: tba **Please note, if you are not a member of Associacao Zen Flor Silvestre and this is your first retreat with us in 2022 we kindly ask that you pay +15 euro (membership fee) to help with association’s running costs. The cost above includes accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper), tea/coffee breaks and Donation … Continue a ler Autumn retreat

Together at Home (online)

Wild Flower Zen Sangha has been transforming some of its live activities into online equivalents due to the current health situation. This has proven a success with our weekly meditation practices, joining for the first time sangha members from across the globe! With this positive outcome in mind, we are now inviting you for a … Continue a ler Together at Home (online)