Spring Retreat (May)

Join us for two weeks of mindfulness practice with the Plum Village community this Spring.

As the beauties of spring unfurl, we invite you to join the Plum Village community of monks, nuns and lay practitioners for a relaxed and joyful two weeks of mindful living together. This immersive experience will include Dharma talks from Plum Village teachers, as well as sitting meditations, chanting sessions, walking meditations, mindful meals in community, mindful “service meditation”, deep listening in groups , and two “lazy days” to truly rest and unwind. 


Keeping our Guests and our Community Safe

We continue to be mindful of the situation with Covid-19 and have put in place a number of measures to ensure everybody’s safety.

Please read and review our Health Protocols thoroughly before registering for this retreat.


Dates

Arrival day will be on Tuesday 3rd May and departure day will be on Tuesday 17th of May.

Unfortunately, we are not able to receive guests on a different day, however you can request to stay for one week, from 3rd May by writing to the hamlet you wish to stay in or making a note on your reservation.


Typical Schedule

The schedule will be slightly different from day to day but a typical day will look something like this:

5:00am: Wake Up Bell
6:00am: Sitting Meditation
(followed by Sutra Reading / Touching the Earth / Slow Walking Meditation)
7:30am: Breakfast
9am: Dharma Talk / Class / Presentation / Service Meditation
11:30am: Walking meditation (outdoors)
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Rest / Optional Guided Relaxation
3pm: 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).

Speaking circle in the Buddha garden full of flowers

More information about Plum Village 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.


Registration

Use the buttons below to register at one of our 3 hamlets. You can find more details about our accommodation and pricing here.

Upper Hamlet – Can receive men and couples

New Hamlet – Can receive women and couples

Lower Hamlet – Can receive women and couples

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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