Thank you for your interest in this retreat. We regret that, due to measures to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus, unfortunately our practice center will be closed until the end of August. Please see our announcement for more information.
The Lower and Upper Hamlet and their Happy Farm teams are delighted to announce our next ‘Happy Farm Experience Week’. These special weeks offer a unique experience, combining a week’s retreat in Lower and Upper Hamlet with our community, with a special hands-on experience in helping us on our organic farm.
The Happy Farm is a project of organic agriculture within our mindfulness practice community. You will have a chance to experience first-hand the interconnection between earth, rain, sun, and seed with the hand and feet of a “farmer”. The farms use a variety of organic methods. The Happy Farms’ volunteer teams practise mindfulness in our work as part of our vision of promoting wellbeing for individual, society and the earth (read more on thehappyfarm.org).
We practice service meditation on four days of the week, when we will enjoy bringing mindfulness to our organic farming work for three hours each session. During the week we will share and experience together what it means to bring mindfulness to work. We also enjoy Plum Village mindfulness practices such as sitting meditation, walking meditation and “Dharma / Farmer sharing” during the week. At the end of the week, we will celebrate together to say thank you for your presence and practice with us.
You will enjoy the full normal weekly schedule of Lower or Upper Hamlet and also enjoy your meals in the hamlet where you stay.
As the Lower Hamlet is the home to our monastic sisters they will receive women and couples; meanwhile men and couples are welcome in Upper Hamlet.