Come as you are. Be welcome!

During the Ascension weekend the monks and nuns of Plum Village will organise a 5-day retreat at Beukenhof, a former monastery in Biezenmortel near Tilburg. The retreat’s theme is Inclusiveness: Come as you are.

The programme offers a variety of activities, including lectures by dharma teachers, dharma sharing, sitting and walking meditation and chanting, as well as periods of silence. Through meditation, you will experience peace and relaxation, while chanting and movement provide fun and connection. The dharma sharing and readings will inspire you and help you gain new insights. We look forward to growing together and enjoying this beautiful environment and community.

Come and be inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh:

Each of us may ask “How big is my heart? How can I help my heart grow bigger and bigger every day? The practice of inclusiveness is based on the practice of understanding, compassion and love. If you practise looking deeply, understanding suffering, the nectar of compassion will naturally rise from your heart. Maitri, loving-kindness, and Karuna, compassion, can grow infinitely, day by day. And with enough understanding and love, you can embrace everything and everyone.

Thich Nhat Hanh exert from ‘Peaceful action, open heart. Lessons from the Lotus Sutra

Language: Mainly Dutch with the possibility of translation into English, or vice versa from English to Dutch. This is done via a wireless translation system that you can request at registration. You can also indicate whether you want to participate in dharma sharing in English-speaking groups.

Dates and times: The programme starts Wednesday 8 May at 17.00. You are welcome from 3pm. Sunday 12 May, the programme ends at 4pm.

For whom: Everyone is welcome. No experience with meditation is necessary.

By whom: Living in Attention Foundation and youth movement Wake Up are organising this retreat together with monks and nuns from Plum Village led by senior dharma teacher Brother Phap Ung.

Location: The weekend will take place at Beukenhof Conference Centre in Biezenmortel. Find out more about the facilities at Beukenhof: 

Transport: by public transport: Arriva’s Buurtbus 239 runs once an hour from Den Bosch station and from Oisterwijk station to Biezenmortel. OV bikes are also available at Oisterwijk station.
[Check this information before travelling; there may be changes]. There are no buses on Sundays. We organise carpool appointments on the last day of the retreat. The experience is that everyone gets back home.
By car: there is plenty of (free) parking.  If possible, take someone with you. A carpool list will be circulated a week in advance with people who can offer a lift.

Costs: At this retreat, participation fees are tailored to the type of bedroom:

  • Single room with private bathroom: €506 (fully booked)
  • Double room with private bathroom: €450
  • 3-4 person room, bathroom usually in the corridor: €353
  • 5-6-bed room with bathroom on the corridor, specially intended for young people under 35: €225.

The linen package is included.

The single bedrooms are no longer available.

If these prices are a problem for you, please contact us at

After the event, dana is requested for the nuns and monks as a thank you.

In case of cancellation, the following cancellation policy applies: up to 4 weeks before the start 90% refund of the registration fee; up to 2 weeks 75%; after that no refund possible.


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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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