Patience is a Mark of Love – Dutch Retreat (with kids program)

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Date(s): Aug. 14, 2017 - Aug. 19, 2017
Language: English or Dutch with consecutive translation.

EIAB, Germany

Almost 100 monastics from Plum Village and the EIAB will support the big EIAB summer retreats this August; Spaces still available; Reductions possible
Registration until 07 August 2017

It is a great joy for us to share with you how many brothers and sisters will go to support the EIAB summer retreat this August: about 60  monks and nuns will travel from France to Germany, so that this year almost 100 monastics from Plum Village and the EIAB will be present at the Dutch retreat. Amongst them will be some of the eldest disciples of Thay (our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh), who are also the most experienced and eloquent Dharma teachers of the worldwide Plum Village community. In the way they teach, walk and share you can see and feel the beautiful continuation body of Thay in them.

We are happy to share that Sr. Chan Khong, Thay Phap An, Thay Phap Ung, Sr. Chan Duc (Sr. Annabel) and Sr. Dieu Nghiem (Sr. Gina) will give the Dharma talks and also facilitate Dharma sharing groups – along with many other experienced monks and nuns of Plum Village and the EIAB.

Even though the summer opening retreat in Plum Village unfortunately is booked out, the summer retreats in our German center near Cologne still have spaces available. The retreat language will be English with Dutch translation. Click here for more information.

It is also interesting to know, that Plum Village and the EIAB have the same distance and travel time to Paris: just less than 600 km and 6 hrs by car or 4,5 hrs by train. And from London, for example, it takes only 5 hrs and from Amsterdam only 3,5 hrs by train to the EIAB.

What makes the big summer retreats even more special than other retreats and courses?

  • Four Dharma talks will be given by the eldest and most experienced Dharma teachers, who will also lead the walking meditations and facilitate Dharma sharing groups.
  • A few hundred people including almost 100 monastic brothers and sisters will practice together and thus we can generate a powerful collective energy of mindfulness that is very healing and nourishing for everyone.
  • We will have four Dharma sharings in small groups. In this way we can connect and share deeply about our joy, our happiness and also the challenges we face at the moment.
  • Monastics and lay friends from many different countries will come together to enjoy the wonders of life, great food for body and mind and experience the joy and magic of brotherhood and sisterhood.

We would also like to ask for your understanding that the costs for these retreats are a bit higher than normal, because we have higher expenses. We are also still paying off our new and beautiful kitchen and dining hall. Your contribution helps us to continue to offer retreats and courses to many people in the EIAB. If you would love to come, but your financial situation doesn’t allow you to contribute the full amount – we also offer the possibility of a reduction. For more information, click here.


The Dharma Talks and other activities will be in English or Dutch with consecutive translation.

There will be a children’s program in Dutch and teens program in Dutch and English.

Registration only by internet:

Registration until 07 August 2017- click here

The brothers and sisters of Plum Village and the EIAB are looking forward to the wonderful summer retreats in the EIAB. We would be very happy to welcome and practice with you this August!

With gratitude and a smile 🙂

The monastics of the EIAB and Plum Village