Christmas & New Year Celebrations

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Date(s): Dec. 21, 2018 - Jan. 04, 2019
Language: English / French

Plum Village - all hamlets

You are warmly invited to join us for one or two weeks during the Christmas and New Year period.

Upper Hamlet meditation hall Christmas 2017

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 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:

Thich Nhat Hanh Parallel Verse 2013


  • Christmas Week: arriving Friday 21, departing Friday 28 December
  • New Year Week: arriving Friday 28 December, departing Friday 4 January
    Unfortunately we can not receive single men during the New Year week this year.

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 day. Although there will be no guided program or special activities for children, families are welcome to join us.

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


Single women and couples

Register in New Hamlet – or – Register in Lower Hamlet

Single men and couples

Unfortunately we cannot receive single men during the New Year week this year because Upper Hamlet is hosting a themed retreat. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to celebrate New Year together with you next year.

Register in Upper Hamlet