1 – 15 June, 2024
You are warmly invited to join us in Plum Village in southwest France as we gather as an international community to strengthen our practice during this 14-Day retreat held once every two years.
We will continue to learn, reflect, and apply Thay’s teachings on Ethics in light of current situations of the world during this retreat designed for experienced practitioners of the Plum Village tradition.
Registration will open first in March 2024 for Order of Interbeing (OI) members for the first two weeks, and then will be open to the general public.
- To support the stability and collective energy of mindfulness, all participants are asked to stay the full two weeks, and only arrive & leave on the designated days. Arrival day is Saturday 1st June and departure day is Saturday 15th June.
- There is an opportunity for experienced practitioners to join us and serve as volunteers supporting the retreat.
The schedule will be slightly different from day to day but a typical day will look like this:
5:00am: Wake Up
6:00am: Sitting Meditation
(followed by Sutra Reading / Touching the Earth / Slow Walking Meditation)
9:30am: Dharma Talk / Presentation
11:30am: Walking meditation
1:30pm: Rest / Optional Guided Relaxation
3:30pm: Service Meditation/Dharma Sharing
6pm: Light dinner
8pm: Sitting Meditation/ another collective practice/ Personal study time
9.30pm: Noble Silence begins
10pm: Lights out
There is often time in the early morning or late afternoon for personal exercise (eg. Yoga, Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Jogging) or, depending on the weather, group sports (football, volleyball, frisbee etc).
More information about our retreats
You can find more information about visiting Plum Village for a retreat on this page.
For practicalities such as transportation, arrival and departure, what to bring and what to wear, please see our practicalities page.