Update: We are offering online retreats while Plum Village France remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sister Lan Nghiem’s 49 days memorial

On the 21st of January 2021, the Plum Village fourfold community gathered and practiced together for a day of mindfulness. We also had a ceremony for sister Lan Nghiem’s 49-day memorial. In the Buddhist tradition, on the 49th day after the passing away of a person, there is a ceremony to...

Creative Fruits Of The Practice

Inspired by the Plum Village practice and the willingness to spread the practice of love and understanding, our friends compose songs as a mindfulness bell to remind them to practice in daily life. We would like to introduce some of them and hope you enjoy it. Breathe, my dear...

Action from the Heart

This is a special retreat for climate activists, social activists, activists in other fields and anyone working to create a healthy and compassionate society. Activism carries the risks of burnout, interpersonal conflict, emotional exhaustion, and despair. As antidotes, we’ll explore how to truly listen to our hearts, restore balance...

The Island Within (Orchestral)

“The Island Within” is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s cherished meditation texts – a guided meditation on taking refuge in our own “island within” – a safe place we can always come back to, where we are protected by our practice of mindfulness, aware of our breath and aware...

Infinite Space and Infinite Time

There are times a Zen master can transmit the ineffable simply by their way of being. On occasion, the tables can also turn and a young child can challenge a Zen master with their innocence. Touching Infinity Sr Chan Duc, a much loved Plum Village elder, describes some of...

The spirit of Christmas and New Year celebration

Christmas and New Year are times when family members gather together. As a Plum Village tradition, we practice to create a warm and loving spiritual home for everyone to come back to. This year we also had an online New Year’s retreat with over 1,200 people joining our extended...

Hope In Action

“For me, hope is right now. We can realize the virtue of hope by dwelling in the present moment.” In this talk, offered on the eve of New Year’s Day 2021, Sister Chân Đức shares about the path of True Love, with the four elements of lovingkindness, compassion, joy,...

Join us for an online retreat in 2021

Plum Village is pleased to announce our calendar of online retreats for the first half of 2021. We will be offering general retreats as well as themed retreats. For the first half of 2021, we will offer retreats for the francophone and wakeup sanghas, activists and neuroscientists. Please join...

How to Sit

Sitting meditation helps us create space to handle our difficulties and touch vitality and freedom. Join us for a practical journey with concrete guidance on finding a posture that works for you, overcoming the most common obstacles, and really enjoying your sitting meditation.

Wake Up Retreat

We'll be having a very special 5-day online retreat for our international Wake Up Community, at the end of May 2021.

Francophone Retreat

We're delighted to host a 5-day Retreat for French speakers from April 23-27, 2001.

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Neuroscience Retreat

In this retreat with monks, nuns, and scientists in the field of consciousness, we will explore Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on “applied” Buddhist psychology in dialogue with neuroscience. We will explore how to apply the latest neuroscientific research through guided meditations, talks, small sharing groups, and panels with experts...

A Weekend of Mindfulness

Join the sisters of Lower Hamlet for a charming online three-day weekend exploring the art of mindful living together. Plum Village practice is very simple. First of all, we make use of our breathing and our steps to generate joy, and happiness, and peace. The energy of mindfulness allows...

The Art of Inner Healing

In this special retreat tailored to Asia-Pacific timezones, we will explore how we can heal from within. Is there a vaccine for deep-seated fear, anxiety, and loneliness? This will be a three-day weekend retreat guided by senior Dharma Teachers and the New Hamlet sisters. We will explore teachings and...

Closing The Rains Retreat Ceremony

On the morning of December 15, 2020, the Plum Village fourfold sangha gathered at the Still Water Meditation Hall in the Upper Hamlet in France for the Pavarana ceremony to close the Rains Retreat. Following the tradition of the Buddha, each year the monastic community has three months when...

Taking Refuge in the Island within Ourselves

This talk was offered on 3rd December 2020. Where can we go to be truly safe in the most difficult moments? Do we know how to come back to that safe place and dwell there whenever we need? In the “Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself”, the Buddha encouraged...

Christmas Celebration Dec 24th 2020

You are invited to join us for our Christmas celebrations on December 24th at 3:00 pm. Christmas is a precious opportunity to be together, to be touched by love, to see the beauty of the our interconnectedness, and to generate peace and joy together.

Community Life in Difficult Moments

How can we be sovereign in our own life? How can we be free, & free from discrimination? Community life can be uncomfortable, and impossible to control: so why do we choose it? How can we help a loved one navigate the process of dying? How can community help?...

Moments of Joy

The first full-length collection of poems from contemplative Buddhist nun Sister Jina van Hengel (also known as Sr Dieu Ngheim), each short verse radiates the energy of a single moment of awareness. Living simply and practicing deeply for many years in the French countryside, Sister Jina is one of...

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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