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Accommodation & Pricing

All accommodation in Plum Village is communal. Most living areas and all rooms are shared to encourage community living and mutual support in our practice. We cannot provide single rooms.

Most beds are single beds, and some beds in dormitories are bunk beds. In rented “gites” (guesthouses), there may be the option of a double bed for couples.

If a room with two beds for a couple is too expensive, you may consider staying separately in the single-sex dormitories (for men in Upper Hamlet and for women in Lower Hamlet or New Hamlet). See housing preferences below.

Accessibility

We have a few rooms available with wheelchair access and with a nearby dedicated car parking area (guests would need to provide their own wheelchair). We do recommend that wheelchair users come to Plum Village with a car because of the required commuting between hamlets (Thénac, Loubès-Bernac, and Dieulivol) during the retreats. We also recommend that guests with certain disabilities bring someone who may provide extra support during their stay, because currently our accessible facilities and resources are limited and under development.

Please do contact one of the hamlets for more information and to check how best we can support you.

Bedding

Most times of the year, outside large retreats, all bedding is provided: mattresses, pillows, sheets, duvets and covers. In the cooler months, you may want to bring your own sleeping bag or light blanket for extra warmth and comfort.

During large retreats such as the July Summer Retreat, when we are receiving hundreds of guests each week, each hamlet may have a different policy. Some hamlets will provide a mattress and a pillow only, others will provide undersheet and pillow covers. Please check with the hamlet you have registered in to know what you need to bring.

Camping

We have rustic camping areas in each hamlet, sometimes on unlevelled ground. Camping is only available in the warmer months of the year from late spring to autumn (mid-March to 1st November). Please bring your own tent, a foam pad/mat, sleeping bag, pillow and any other items that will make your camping comfortable. A limited number of tents may be available for rent on a first come first served basis. On site bathrooms and toilets are available to campers.

Camper Van

There are limited spots for camper vans. You may come with your own camping vans but please note there are no utility hooks up (to water or electricity). You can park your camper van in the tree-lined parking lot of the hamlet you are staying in.

Commuter

If you choose to come as a “commuter” you need to find lodgings yourself outside Plum Village and pay for them separately, in addition to the commuter fee you contribute to Plum Village towards retreat expenses (which include the food, the Teachings and all the facilities at Plum Village). The hamlet you register with can provide a list of local “gites” (guest houses) on request.

Contributions

The retreat fees listed below vary according to the type of lodging you choose and are per person, per week.

The retreat fees are calculated in line with current costs in France and contribute to every aspect of your stay and experience with us: accommodation (approx. €25-50/day), full board & refreshments (approx. €15/day), internal transport between our hamlets (€25-50/week), and a “dana” contribution towards the teachings and community. Your contribution helps us maintain and develop the monastery campus, grounds, and facilities, so we can create a healing and peaceful environment for your retreat, and for generations to come. Your contribution also supports the residential community’s international training and service program for young monastics and practitioners, helping us nurture the roots of the living Dharma in the West. It is thanks to your support that the monastic community can thrive and share the path of mindfulness practice, both in Plum Village and beyond.

If you request a shuttle to and from the train station, 20€ will be added to your fee.

Teenagers (13-17) receive a 30% reduction and children pay only 50%.
There is no charge for children under the age of 6, but we request you to make a booking for each member of the family, even young children.

Read further about Contributions and Refunds here.

 Contribution from December 2022Adult
(18 yrs +)
13 – 17 yrs6 – 12 yrs
Bed in double-bedroom, private bathroom€ 710€ 497€ 355
Bed in double-bedroom, shared bathroom€ 635€ 444.5€ 317.5
Bed in 3/4-bedroom, private bathroom€ 635€ 444.5€ 317.5
Bed in 3/4-bedroom, shared bathroom€ 600€ 420€ 300
Bed in the dormitory, private bathroom€ 525€ 367.5€ 262.5
Bed in the dormitory, shared bathroom€ 450€ 315€ 225
Tent / Campervan€ 375€ 262.5€ 187.5
Commuter€ 335€ 234.5€ 167.5
Contribution per person per week

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