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Upcoming events with lay sanghas across Europe

Plum Village local sanghas all over Europe organise days of mindfulness, weekend retreats and other get-togethers, where everyone has a chance to enjoy mindfulness practices with the support and energy of a group. These events are a chance to nourish ourselves with walking meditation, sitting meditation, mindful meals, dharma sharing, music or relaxation. The energy of mindfulness generated by the collective practices enables us to touch peace, joy and freedom, even during a short event. All events in the Plum Village tradition are organised in the spirit of the Five Mindfulness Trainings (vegetarian, no alcohol, no smoking etc), and harmonious community living.

The events below have been submitted by sanghas across Europe who follow the Plum Village tradition of mindfulness practice. Please note that the list is only lightly moderated. All events are independently organised, free from regulation or certification.

Plum Village (Communauté Bouddhique Zen du Village des Pruniers) is not responsible for these events. To submit an event your sangha is organising, please register.

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April 2014
£195

Mindful Gardening Retreat – ‘Connecting with the Soil’

April 18 - 21
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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Taking our time to welcome the onset of spring, we will spend a few hours each day getting our hands dirty! Working outside in the elements or inside the cosy polytunnel, we will learn how to bring mindfulness into practice of gardening, becoming more effective gardeners and ensuring that our work is nourishing and healing…

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£395

Cotswold Way in Mindfulness

April 29 - May 5
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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Retreatants will have the luxury of 6 days to unwind and reconnect, walking in silence on the fantastically beautiful Cotswold Way. The walk will start just north of Binley Farm, with the first day’s walking ending at the farm itself. The next day, we will set off from the farm towards Bath walking approximately 8…

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May 2014
145-195

Mindful Living Retreat

May 23 - 26
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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Our “Mindful Living” retreats are particularly suited for beginners but are also suitable for those who are more experienced wishing to renew their practice.   We live together for a few days within a schedule designed to help us be more mindful in everything we do, whether that is washing dishes, chopping vegetables, setting up the…

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August 2014

Mindful Educators Retreat

August 7 @ 09:30 - August 13 @ 11:00
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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Join us in this beautiful, secluded Cotswold valley for six restful days. We will have plenty of time for ourselves, for connecting with others, for enjoying delicious food and the surrounding countryside. Within our schedule, we will focus on learning and experiencing the basic practices of mindfulness, which can help us both personally and professionally.…

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£145-200

Touching Freedom – Wake Up UK Retreat for Young Adults

August 21 @ 17:00 - August 26 @ 15:00
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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“For me, there is no happiness without freedom and freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves.” Thich Nhat Hanh Experience mindful living for 5 days with other young adults in the tranquil countryside in Gloucestershire, south-west England. In today’s hectic world, we all experience stress, pressures, anxiety about…

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September 2014
£695

Wake Up Schools Program, Sept 2014 – Feb 2015

September 1, 2014 - February 8, 2015
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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Following the August “Mindful Educators Retreat”, there is a further programme available to deepen our mindfulness practice over a more sustained period. This comprises of three weekend residential retreats with continuity maintained through monthly group calls. This extended programme provides a unique opportunity for educators who would like to work together in a supportive environment,…

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£150

Mindful Living Retreat

September 19 - 21
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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Our “Mindful Living” retreats are particularly suited for beginners but are also suitable for those who are more experienced wishing to renew their practice.   We live together for a few days within a schedule designed to help us be more mindful in everything we do, whether that is washing dishes, chopping vegetables, setting up the…

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November 2014
£195

Mindfulness and the Brain

November 6 - 9
Binley Farm,
Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6EG United Kingdom
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For centuries, we have tried different ways to improve happiness and reduce suffering.  Recent breakthroughs in brain-scanning now enable us to ‘see’ which areas of the brain are activated by emotions and worry and observe the positive effect of mindfulness. In this experiential weekend we will get to know the brain better using simple models…

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