Plum Village is a mindfulness practice centre in the South of France founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 

It is home to an international community with practice centers in Europe, Asia, US and Australia, and hundreds of sanghas around the world.

The essential practice of Plum Village is ‘I have arrived, I am home.’ It means happiness is possible. Freedom is possible. Right now. Right here.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Mindful Living

What do we practice?

Our practice is to dwell happily in the present moment during our daily activities. We do this to embrace our suffering, find joy in life and enable ourselves to respond to the collective challenges of our time.

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Founder of Plum Village

Who is Thich Nhat Hanh?

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, Engaged Buddhism, global ethics and peace. 

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Practise with us

Upcoming Retreats

Throughout the year we organise retreats and welcome guests to come and stop, rest, heal themselves through the art of mindful living. You can also experience a retreat at our other monastic centers around the world.

Upcoming retreats in

Rains Retreat

You’re warmly invited to join us this autumn for our annual Three-Months Rains Retreat. The Rains Retreat at Plum Village is a time for us to come to come back to ourselves, to practice looking deeply, and to strengthen our spiritual roots. It’s an opportunity for lay practitioners to…

Christmas & New Year Celebrations

You are warmly invited to join us for one or two weeks during the Christmas and New Year period. It is a very special time of year in Plum Village, with music, singing, mindfulness practices and moving celebrations on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It is a…

Generosity in Action Retreat

Are you skilled in building, renovation, or construction, and would like to come and practise with the sisters of the New Hamlet while offering your skills to help us renovate our Plum Blossom House? The New Hamlet sisters are happy to announce that thanks to the generous support of…

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Thay travels to Bangkok for health check-ups

1st December, 2019 Dear Beloved Community, We’re happy to announce that on Thursday 28th November, Thay traveled from Huế, Vietnam to Bangkok, Thailand for a full medical check-up in Bangkok. The trip and hospital visit went smoothly. Yesterday morning, Thay decided to travel on to visit our community at…

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Latest Talk

Taking Care of Ourselves in Order to Take Care of Others | Sr Hoi Nghiem, 2019 11 24 @ LH