You are welcome to join us for Days of Mindfulness. These days offer a small taste of Plum Village mindfulness practice.
If you are travelling from further afield, we recommend that you stay with us for at least a weeklong retreat, so you can have a complete introduction to our mindfulness practices and «full immersion» experience of Plum Village.
Visiting in July
During July, all three hamlets will be hosting retreats with very large numbers of retreatants and will not be hosting the typical Days of Mindfulness described further below on this page.
If you are in the neighborhood, you are welcome to join the morning activities. We kindly ask for your support to ensure that the guests who have travelled from afar for the retreats are given priority.
Therefore, please note:
- Seats inside the meditation halls are prioritized for the registered guests of the retreats.
- Afternoon activities (Dharma sharing etc.) are only for registered retreatants.
- Please bring your own vegetarian picnic meal as all retreatants will pack lunch in the morning and no food will be served.
- The tea station is open for all.
- The schedule and locations may change.
As there will be many people coming together in one hamlet, face-covering masks are optional, indoors and outdoors, if you wish to be careful.
In July, there are Dharma Talks on these mornings, from 9.30am:
- At Lower Hamlet: 17th, 24th July
- At Upper Hamlet: 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th July
- At New Hamlet: 18th, 25th July
Donations from visitors are welcome and can be offered in the Dining Hall of each hamlet.
Below is information for typical Days of Mindfulness that usually takes place in Spring, Autumn and Winter:
What, when & where?
Days of Mindfulness are a full day of practicing mindfulness, in the Plum Village style, as a community. Monks, nuns, and lay practitioners – Plum Village residents, guests, neighbors and friends – come together to listen to a Dharma Talk (ie. a teaching or ‘lecture’), and to practice sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, smiling and breathing together.
The Dharma Talks will be given by a resident senior monastic Dharma Teacher, and from time to time we may watch a video of a past Dharma Talk by Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh).
The day unfolds naturally, with as little guidance as possible, so everything can flow relaxingly. Days of Mindfulness in Plum Village are not structured as «mindfulness workshops» or «classes».
Days of Mindfulness take place every Thursday and Sunday during general retreat weeks. During the themed retreat weeks like June Retreat and Summer Opening, the monastery will not host a Day of Mindfulness.
Please note that it is not possible to visit for the day in August, as Plum Village is in resting period.
The location of Days of Mindfulness alternates between Plum Village’s hamlets: Upper Hamlet (Thénac), Lower Hamlet (Loubès-Bernac) and New Hamlet (Dieulivol). The entire community gathers in one hamlet for the whole day.
Typical program for a Day of Mindfulness
9:15 Sitting Meditation
(please do not enter if the sitting has already started)
9:30 Chanting and Dharma Talk
(please do not enter the Meditation Hall if the Talk has already started)
Short Break for tea
11:30 Walking Meditation through the fields & forest
12:30 Lunch Together in the Meditation Hall
13:30-15:00 Rest / free time
15:00 Dharma Sharing
(small circle discussions on mindfulness practice, or another activity)
16:30 Day ends
Please remember to arrive early so you can enter the meditation hall calmly before the program begins.
How to prepare
We recommend that you read a little about Plum Village mindfulness practice before you attend, as Days of Mindfulness unfold naturally with minimal introductions to the practices.
Please check this page a few days ahead of time to find out where the next Day of Mindfulness will take place as there may be last-minute changes to location.
What to bring
- Please bring a set of earphones, and an extension cable (at least 3m). The Dharma Talks are given in either French, English or Vietnamese. If you do not understand any one of these languages, translation is available.
- If the weather is rainy, please bring appropriate footwear for our country paths (and mud).
- A self-service tea table and vegan lunch is provided for everyone.
- Please don’t forget to bring your donation in gratitude for the teachings and to contribute towards the meal and facilities provided.
We welcome donations, or dana (generosity), in gratitude for the teachings and to support our community to be able to continue to offer those teachings long into the future.
Your donation is also a contribution towards the meal and the facilities provided (meditation hall, sound system, bathrooms, and so on). The suggested donation is €20-35 per person, depending on your means. Donation Boxes are located in the hamlets’ Dining Halls or you can donate online via this link.
All donations go to support the Plum Village community, officially recognised in French law as a Buddhist congregation known as «Communauté Bouddhique Zen du Village des Pruniers.»
Your generosity is deeply appreciated. Thank you.
We regret that we cannot host you for one-night or two-night stays (the minimum stay is one week). We recommend you consider booking a room in a Chambres d’hôtes in the region of Thénac (Upper Hamlet), Loubès-Bernac (Lower Hamlet), or Duras (New Hamlet).
We look forward to seeing you at a Day of Mindfulness soon!