The four-week Summer Retreat, led by Thich Nhat Hanh, 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 this joyful and colourful time of living mindfully together. Plum Village monks and nuns 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.
Please note that Lower Hamlet and New Hamlet will be closed to guests when Thich Nhat Hanh and most Plum Village monastics are away in Germany leading retreats at our European Institute of Applied Buddhism.
Upper Hamlet will be hosting this special Health Retreat, while Thich Nhat Hanh and many 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.
This August, Thich Nhat Hanh and up to 200 monks and nuns in the Plum Village tradition will have their annual gathering at community’s European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB) in Waldbröl, Germany. Events will include a joyful public Day of Mindfulness and two big retreats: one for German-speakers and one for Dutch-speakers. Both retreats also run in English and have a full program for children and teens.
This retreat, entitled “The Mind of Love Transforms All Difficulties,” is a special opportunity for Italians to receive teachings directly from Thich Nhat Hanh and the entire Plum Village community. Consecutive Italian translation will be provided for all activities. We look forward to welcoming several hundred members of our Italian sangha, as well as new practitioners, for this joyful end-of-summer retreat.
After a long summer of retreats for thousands of people, Plum Village monastics and lay residents will take a week to rest and refresh themselves. Plum Village reopens with our Autumn Retreat, starting Friday September 19th.
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. We’re very fortunate that Thay will be in residence, offering twice-weekly teachings on Thursdays and Sundays.
Five Plum Village monastics will be touring South America this fall, bringing the mindfulness teachings of Plum Village to young people in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Nicaragua and Mexico.
A pilgrimage “In the Footsteps of the Buddha” in India, with Plum Village and EIAB monks and nuns. The monastics will also be offering additional mindfulness workshops and events for educators, as part of the Plum Village “Wake Up Schools” program.
This autumn, from October 25-31, Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village monks and nuns will lead Plum Village’s first Francophone Educators’ Retreat.
Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village dharma teachers have been training educators in Europe, America and Asia for over thirty years, developing the “Wake Up Schools” training program. This is the first time that Thich Nhat Hanh will offer a full course of these teachings in French.