Christmas & New Year Celebrations

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Date(s): Dec. 21, 2016 - Jan. 04, 2017
Language: English / French

Plum Village - all hamlets

Thich Nhat Hanh Parallel Verse 2013You are warmly invited to join us for one or two weeks during the Christmas and New Year period.

It is a very special time of year in Plum Village, with music, singing, mindfulness practices and moving celebrations on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It is a time to truly “come home”, to enjoy a strong energy of togetherness as a spiritual family.

We continue our daily practice of sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating and mindful working, with adaptations to reflect this joyful time of year. The Winter Retreat schedule becomes much more flexible, joyful and communal during these two weeks to allow time to enjoy carolling, sitting around the stoves and fireplaces, decorating our hamlets, and preparing special dishes and performances.

We hope you enjoy this little glimpse of monastics singing carols in previous years:

Christmas Week:
arriving Wednesday 21st, departing Wednesday 28th December

New Year Week:
arriving Wednesday 28th December, departing Wednesday 4th January

You are welcome to stay for one or both weeks. To support a harmonious and stable collective energy, please do not arrive or depart on any other days. Although there will be no guided program or special activities for children, families are welcome to join us.

Register online:

Single women and couples


Single women and couples


Single men and couples

To get a flavour of the experience, you may like to read this blogpost by one of our past guests.