Days of Mindfulness


You are welcome to join us for Days of Mindfulness throughout the year.

Days of Mindfulness are a full day of practicing mindfulness, in the Plum Village style, as a community. Monks, nuns, and lay practitioners – Plum Village residents, guests, neighbours and friends – come together to listen to a Dharma Talk (ie. a teaching or ‘lecture’), and to practice walking meditation, mindful eating, smiling and breathing together. Dharma Talks are primarily given by our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh or, if he is away on a teaching tour, by a resident Senior Dharma Teacher.

Days of Mindfulness take place every Thursday and Sunday during retreat seasons. You can see a list of Upcoming Days of Mindfulness here. Prior registration is not required.

The location of Days of Mindfulness alternates between Plum Village’s hamlets: Upper Hamlet (Thénac), Lower Hamlet (Loubès-Bernac) and New Hamlet (Dieulivol). The entire community gathers in one hamlet for the whole day. Please check this page (the calendar is on the right) to find out where the next Day of Mindfulness will take place. There may be last-minute changes to location.

Please arrive early so you can enter the meditation hall calmly.

Typical schedule:

8:45 Arrive
9:00 Sitting Meditation
(please do not enter if the sitting has already started)
9:30 Dharma Talk 
(please do not enter the Meditation Hall if the Talk has already started)
Short Break for tea
11:30 Walking Meditation through the fields & forest
12:30 Lunch Together in the Meditation Hall
13:30-15:00 Rest / free time
15:00 Dharma Sharing
(small circle discussions on mindfulness practice, or another activity)
16:30 Day ends

 

What to bring

  • Please bring a set of earphones, and an extension cable (at least 3m). The Dharma Talks are given in either French, English or Vietnamese. If you do not understand any one of these languages, translation is available.
  • If the weather is rainy, please bring appropriate footwear for our country paths (and mud).
  • A vegan lunch is provided for everyone.
  • We welcome donations, or dana (generosity), as a contribution towards the meal and the facilities we provide (meditation hall, sound system, bathrooms, and so on). Donation Boxes are located in the hamlets’ Dining Halls.