Summer Opening Retreat


The Summer Retreat is Plum Village’s largest and most festive retreat.

It is a time to be nourished by deep yet accessible teachings, the peace and splendour of the summer countryside and the joy of community.

We welcome families, couples and individuals of all ages, and all nationalities, to join us for stays of 1 to 4 weeks during this joyful and colourful time of living mindfully together. Plum Village monks and nuns will offer special programs for children, teens and young adults.

It is a wonderful retreat for those new to mindfulness practice in the Plum Village tradition, as well as for anyone interested in mindful community life.

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Summer Retreat Dharma Talks

During our big Summer Retreat, when we have up to 800 guests staying at Plum Village, we do not have our usual Days of Mindfulness.

You are welcome, however, to attend the Dharma talks which are given four times a week in the mornings.

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Closed to guests

After our big summer retreats, Plum Village will be closed to guests from August 1st to September 18th. It is not possible to visit for the day during this time. We look forward to welcoming you at Plum Village from September 18th onwards.

Upper Hamlet will be hosting a Mindful Health & Wellness retreat from 7-21 August, which is already fully booked. A large number of Plum Village monks and nuns will be away in August leading retreats at our European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany and in the UK.

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Mindful Health & Wellness Retreat


Upper Hamlet will be hosting this special Health Retreat, while a number of Plum Village monks and nuns are away leading retreats at our European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany. Plum Village Health Retreats are a chance for us to take care of our body and mind, with a full program of exercise, relaxation and meditation in the Plum Village tradition. Health workshops will be led by Plum Village dharma teachers.

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A large delegation of Plum Village monastics will travel to Germany this August to lead retreats and events at the community’s European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, near Köln.

Plum Village monastics will join our EIAB brothers and sisters in leading two large retreats, one for Dutch Speakers (HEALING OURSELVES – HEALING THE WORLD, August 10-15) and one for German Speakers (TOUCHING THE WONDERS OF LIFE, August 17-22). Both retreats will have full programs for children, teens and young adults.

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International Youth Retreat

Every year Thai Plum Village organises an International Wake Up Retreat for young people. It’s a great chance for young people from many different backgrounds and countries to come together as meditation practitioners at Thai Plum Village, to generate peace, happiness, joy and freedom.

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Join the powerful collective energy of over a dozen Plum Village monastics and hundreds of UK mindfulness practitioners for a nourishing 6-day total-immersion retreat in the heart of England.

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Miracle of Mindfulness Tour 2015

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Join the monastic community founded, ordained and trained by Thich Nhat Hanh as they tour the United States to continue the legacy of the beloved Zen master. Join us in New York, Mississippi and California for retreats, public talks, and days of mindfulness, and learn how you can bring the miracle of mindfulness into your daily life.

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Autumn Retreat

Plum Village Autumn Leaf

You are warmly invited to join us at Plum Village to experience mindful community living this Autumn. The schedule is somewhat lighter than the Summer or Winter, with time and space to simply enjoy the monastery atmosphere and the beautiful autumn landscape, some personal quiet time or restful walks.

Please note that our program is slightly flexible, and so the end-date for our Autumn Retreat may be adjusted by a week or so. Please contact our registration offices before making travel arrangements.

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Mindful Health & Wellness Retreat

Lower Hamlet will be hosting a special “Mindful Health and Wellness Retreat”, 9-16 October, 2015, open to men and women of all ages.

This Mindful Health and Wellness Retreat offers a chance to learn how take care of our body and mind, with a full program of exercise, relaxation and meditation in the Plum Village tradition.Health workshops will be led by Plum Village dharma teachers and invited guests in the field of body-mind wellness.

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Viet Wake Up Retreat

A retreat at Plum Village for young people with Vietnamese Roots.
More info to follow…

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Winter Retreat

Our annual 90-day Winter Retreat is usually from mid-November to mid-February. Please note that the dates are not yet confirmed.

The Winter Retreat will include two special weeks around the holiday season: Christmas Week and New Year Week, when you are welcome to join us to celebrate peacefully in community.

More information and confirmed dates for the Winter Retreat will be posted in due course.

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2016 Retreat Program


Dates for our 2016 Retreat program will be announced towards the end of the year, sometime in December 2015. Here is a rough guide to a typical Plum Village year.

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