Summer Opening Retreat

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Date(s): Jul. 01, 2016 - Jul. 29, 2016
Language: English / French / Vietnamese

Plum Village - all hamlets

Young nuns practising playful mindfulness with children during the summer retreat

The four-week Summer Opening is Plum Village’s largest and most festive retreat.

The Summer Opening is a time to be nourished by deep yet accessible teachings on the art of mindful living; to enjoy the peace and beauty summer countryside; and to celebrate the joy of community.

We welcome families, couples and individuals of all ages, and all nationalities, to join us for 1 to 4 weeks during this joyful time of living mindfully together.

Plum Village monks and nuns will offer special programs for children, teens and young adults. To find out more about bringing your children and teens to Plum Village, please click here.

Dharma Talks will be translated simultaneously into at least six languages (e.g. German, Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese). Italian translation will only be provided for the last two weeks.

It is a wonderful retreat for those new to mindfulness practice in the Plum Village tradition, as well as for anyone interested in mindful community life.

hiking teens

7/7/2016: Please note that registration for all hamlets is now closed. We are fully booked from July 8-29. 

You can choose to come for one, two, three or four weeks. Arrival and departure is on Fridays only:

Week 1: Friday July 1st – Friday July 8th (last few places)
Week 2: Friday July 8th – Friday July 15th (fully booked)
Week 3: Friday July 15th – Friday July 22nd (fully booked)
Week 4: Friday July 22nd – Friday July 29th (fully booked)

Since Plum Village generally hosts over 500 participants per week (spread out over our five hamlets), we recommend that you register early, and at the latest by June 1st, to ensure a space. If you are considering bringing your children, please first read more about our Children’s and Teens’ Programs.

Please watch this video to learn how to register for multiple people.

Please note that single Italian women will stay in New Hamlet this year, and Spanish women will stay in Lower Hamlet.

It is not possible to offer translation in the children’s program. Please have compassion for your child and the children program staff and register in the hamlet where the children’s program in your language is taking place.

1 June 2016: Please note that Upper Hamlet Registration for Summer Retreat is now closed. Thank you. 

7 July 2016: Please note that New Hamlet and Lower Hamlet Registration for Summer Retreat is now closed. Thank you.

 UH Buddhas