As of 15th October 2015 I am back in kerala and Kin-Hin will be up and running in Pachalloor  by December.   Contact me directly by email  :   karen.sivan@gmail.com

Send me an email if you would like to be kept informed of events, want any suggestions on where to stay or are interested in having me join you as a guide in India.

The new centre will maintain the characteristics of the original Kin-Hin…… 2 guest rooms for home stay style accommodation and free meditation sittings open to all. Afternoon yoga classes with Sivan, either at Kin-Hin or next door at the Lagoona Beach Hotel.

Kin-Hin is about 10 min drive from Kovalam and the setting is idyllic! Situated between Trivandrum and Kovalam – by the Arabian Sea and the Karamana river,a peaceful location with stunning views.

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I am in the process of updating these pages and most of the information is now correct

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Kin-Hin is a zen meditation centre established in the summer of 2012 and inaugurated by Zen Master AMA Samy on December 10th 2012. 

It is the ideal place to come for a relaxing holiday away from tourist crowds yet close to the beaches of Kovalam.  You can experience village life and get helpful information and tips from your hosts Karen and Sivan.  Karen is English, a meditation teacher, massage therapist and a qualified Laughter Yoga instructor living in India since 1997. Sivan grew up in Pachalloor, is an experienced yoga teacher in India and Europe and has a wealth of local knowledge and customs.

Please see November news for current information

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You are most welcome to attend ‘sittings’ (free of charge) for it was said by Koun Yamada in his book The Gateless Gate that “to sit zazen alone is so difficult it is almost impossible. For effective Zazen it is very important to practise sitting with a group, at least occasionally, if you want to get results”. 

Kin-Hin is in Pachalloor, between Trivandrum and Kovalam – by the Arabian Sea and the Karamana river,a peaceful location with stunning views.

HOME STAY. Kin-Hin (being a private home) is primarily a non-residential Zen centre, although accommodation is available for house guests in 2 rooms on the upper floor. Perfect for those that prefer to stay away from the main tourist area and experience Indian village life.

 Yoga Holiday packages are available – click for more information

SOLO RETREATS and PERSONALISED COURSES are possible on a one-to-one basis if you would like to experience/learn about meditation and zen practise privately.      

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.


The main idea of the centre is to establish a regular Zen Meditation ‘sitting’ group, (free of charge and open to all), in the same tradition as taught at Bodhi Zendo;  a residential zen centre in the hills of Tamil Nadu

At Kin-Hin we will follow the Soto practise of Shikantaza – the Japanese term for ‘just sitting’.

There is a daily practise: morning Zazen (meditation sittings) from 6.30am – 7.30am; two 25 minute sittings that one can join at  ‘kinhin’(the walking meditation between the sittings.)

Evenings, Zazen is from 5.30pm – 6.30pm.

Two 25 minute sittings  that  one can join at 5.30 or 6pm


Sunday evenings will be ‘holiday’. No yoga class @ 4pm or meditation @ 5.30pm


According to interest, there will be some full day ‘Zazenkai’s’: a more intensive period of meditation with a talk about Zen and an opportunity to ask questions and talk with each other.

I also offer short courses on a one-to-one basis if you would like to experience/learn about meditation and zen practise privately.

See ZAZENKAI for programme details and see March News or the latest updates!

In keeping with spiritual custom, I do not wish to make any charge for the daily meditation practise. In order to help the centre grow and to keep it running, donations of any amount will be gratefully received.

Also see guide services


A little about me; my name is Karen and I came to India in 1997 for a three week holiday and decided to make Kerala my home.   For 10 years I ran yoga & massage holidays in Kovalam.   From 2007 until mid 2012, I lived, worked, served and followed Zen at Bodhi Zendo,  blessed to have guidance and support from  Zen Master AMA Samy. I had thought I might never leave Bodhi Zendo, yet the time did come for for me to move on, return to the ‘marketplace’ and begin a new chapter with ‘Kin-Hin’.

2014/15 I returned to  UK in order to care for my mother. When she passed away I decided to come back ‘home’ and reopen Kin-Hin in Pachalloor.

Aromatherapy Massage treatments are given at Kin-Hin for a nominal charge. I am a qualified aromatherapist with over 20 years’ experience. My diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy was obtained from The Tisserand Institute in London in 1993.

Yoga Classes with Sivan are in the afternoon @ 4pm Monday – Saturday.


Here is a good Zen story for you – Inner Archery

Early in this century a Japanese Zen master who lived in a temple in the country had as his pupil the wife of the greengrocer of near-by village. Among his other pupils was a Cabinet Minister, who used to visit him once a week to sit in meditation for two hours then have an interview. A newspaper sent a reporter to visit teacher, and the pressman remarked, ‘Why do you waste your in a remote place like this? Wouldn’t it be better to come near the capital? Then instead of the greengrocer’s wife, you could have more pupils like the Cabinet Minister.’

In his article, the reporter described ruefully how the teacher had scolded him for this remark. ‘It is not a question of being the green- grocer’s wife or being a Cabinet Minister, but of not being a green- grocer’s wife and not being a Cabinet Minister.

We teach archery here. She has to shoot herself out of being the greengrocer’s wife into the Buddha-nature which she really is, and he has to shoot himself out of being a Cabinet Minister into the Buddha-nature which he really is. And it may very well be,’ added the master, ‘that it will be easier for her to shoot herself out of being “only the greengrocer’s wife” than it will be for him to shoot himself out of being “His Excellency the Cabinet Minister”.

Gassho Karen


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