Dr. Barry Kerzin will visit Japan in November 2022! Human Values Institute will have a “Retreat” in Shikoku at this time. “The Shikoku – Inner Pilgrimage: Marriage with our Subtle Mind.” Our last Shikoku retreat was in 2016. Therefore, we are glad to announce this excellent opportunity for another retreat in Shikoku this year!
Once you experience the retreat surrounded by beautiful nature, you will be able to remember these experiences in your daily life after finishing this program and keep practicing what you have learned. Dr. Barry says, “Our journey is not like a stamp rally in that we visit many places in a short number of days. Traveling to many places with a slowed down (outer journey) supports our inner journey. It is worth leaving your busy daily life and observing your mind during this journey.”
Dr. Barry Kerzin will lead an in-person retreat this time. The retreat comprises a combination of lectures and practices. It might be challenging to meditate every day by yourself in your daily life. However, this program will be good support for creating a habit of meditating in your everyday life. In addition, by experience, you will gain good tips for learning healthy habits that foster well-being.
We will follow in the footsteps that Kukai (Kobo-Daishi) used for his training. “Kukai” is the name of Kobo-Daishi. “Kukai” means “the human mind is as wide and open as the oceans and skies”. Dr. Barry respects Kukai and looks forward to following Kukai’s journey with you through this program. Next year is the anniversary of Kukai’s birth (1250 years have passed after Kukai was born). We will learn from Dr. Barry’s lectures at a great time. We will learn to have access to our subtle mind through “The Shikoku – Inner Pilgrimage: Marriage with our Subtle Mind” with Dr. Barry Kerzin.
Dr. Barry and the staff look forward to seeing you in Shikoku in November!
Messages for “The Shikoku – Inner Pilgrimage” from Dr. Barry Kerzin
“We are planning our next sacred pilgrimage in Shikoku in November 2022. People have consistently come away from these pilgrimages we’ve organized in the past enriched and happy. Our pilgrimage in beautiful Shikoku will provide the setting for our inner pilgrimage. We shall sometimes be in silence, meditate, walk, laugh, and continually unite our minds and hearts with the surrounding beautiful nature. In this way, we shall become one with nature, our inner and outer worlds, for several days. So please join us and become free and happy for several days.”
– Dr. Barry Kerzin
- Please click here to watch the past message video 1.
- Please click here to watch the past message video 2.
- Please click here to watch photos of “The Shikoku Retreat” in 2016.
Date: November 19th Sat. – November 23rd Wed. *National holiday (Japan Standard Time)
*This program is an in-person program, not an online program.
Place: Shikoku area (Kagawa and Tokushima prefecture) in Japan *For the details, please check the “schedule” below.
*This program will be held in Kagawa and Tokushima prefectures in Japan.
– Meet at Takamatsu Airport or JR Takamatsu Station in Kagawa prefecture around 11:00 am – noon on November 19th, 2022.
– End at 2:30 pm or 3:30 pm at Tokushima Airport (Tokushima Awaodori Airport) or JR Tokushima Station on November 23rd, 2022.
*The Human Values Institute staff will pick you up at Takamatsu Airport or JR Takamatsu Station in Kagawa prefecture by a chartered bus on November 19th, 2022. The Human Values Institute staff will drop you off at Tokushima Airport (Tokushima Awaodori Airport) or JR Tokushima Station on the last day of this program (November 23rd, 2022).
Lecturer: Dr. Barry Kerzin (with a Japanese interpreter)
Fees: *Apply by 9/30/2022 Japan Standard Time to receive an early bird discount.
- Early bird discount: 198,000 Japanese yen (Including tax)
- General fee: 214,500 Japanese yen (Including tax)
- Human Values Membership: 179,300 Japanese yen (Including tax)
*These fees include accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, chartered bus, insurance, temple entrance fees, consumption, and tax.
**These fees DO NOT INCLUDE air or train transportation fees to and from the pick-up and drop off points.
***If you request a single room, you must pay an additional surchrge of 35,200 Japanese yen including tax. A double/twin or triple room or a larger Japanese tatami-mat room will be used as a single room. Otherwise, you will share the room with 1-3 other participants.
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＊Cancellation Fee Policy
8 to 14 days prior (30% plus 3,000 yen)
3 to 7 days prior (50% plus 3,000 yen)
2 days prior (80% plus 3,000 yen)
No show or cancellation on the day (100% plus 3,000 yen)
Human Values Institute will also include an additional cancelation fee of 3,000 yen due to the administration costs such as cancelling for the accommodation etc.
*We appreciate your understanding of maintaining a safe environment for this program under the COVID situation!
Depending on the COVID situation in Japan in late October and early November, we may ask you to submit the result of a covid antigen test 1-2 days before the departure.
This program is a residential, in-person program in Japan. If you have a fever (over 37℃/98.6 °F) or any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are a close contact, please do not attend this program.
Please be aware of wearing a mask during this retreat.
*The schedule might be changed because of the weather, or other unforeseeable circumastance.
November 19th Sat.
Meet at Takamatsu Airport or JR Takamatsu Station in Kagawa prefecture around 11:00 am-noon on November 19th, 2022.
*The Human Values Institute staff will pick you up at Takamatsu Airport or JR Takamatsu Station in Kagawa prefecture by chartered bus on November 19th, 2022.
The suggested flights are
ANA from Haneda Airport to Takamatsu Airport 9:40 am-11:00 am
JAL from Haneda Airport to Takamatsu Airport 9:40 am-11:05 am
*Some routes by train from the Osaka or Kyushu area to Shikoku are available.
After the participants meet up, we will have lunch at a temple where Kukai (Kobo-Daishi) was born, called the “Nehan” sacred place. After lunch, Dr. Barry will lead a lecture and meditation.
November 19th Sat. – 20th Sun.
A pilgrimage in Kagawa prefecture
Dr. Barry’s lecture and meditation
*We will visit temples (Kaiganji temple, Zentsuji temple, Shusshakaji temple, and so on). In addition, we will see Mannou lake, the largest reservoir, and it is believed that Kukai rebuilt this reservoir.
*Accommodation hotel or a pilgrims’ lodging on November 19th and 20th.
November 21st Mon.
Travel to Tokushima prefecture from Kagawa prefecture.
*We will visit temples (Ōkuboji temple, Reizanji temple, and so on).
*Hot spring accommodation with a hot spring on November 21st-22nd. This place has some kinds of legends of Kukai as well.
November 22nd Tue. – 23rd Wed. *National Holiday
Dr. Barry’s lecture and meditation
A pilgrimage in Tokushima prefecture
*We will visit temples (Shoukokuji temple, Kakurinji temple, and so on).
*Same hot spring accommodation with a hot spring on November as 22nd-23rd. This accommodation is incredibly eco-friendly.
November 23rd Wed. *National Holiday
Go for a walk (in nature during the morning.)
Dr. Barry’s lecture and meditation
*After lunch, we will move to Tokushima Airport (Tokushima Awaodori Airport) or JR Tokushima Station by chartered bus. (Say goodbye at the airport or the station around 2:30 pm-3:30 pm on November 23rd.)
This program DOES NOT INCLUDE air or train transportation fees to and from the program. Therefore, please arrange transportation yourself.