2018 Summer Opening Retreat

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Date(s): Jul. 06, 2018 - Aug. 03, 2018
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. Please read more about bringing your children and teens to Plum Village before registering.

Children programs offered
French, Spanish, ItalianJuly 6th – August 3rdFull for 2018
EnglishJuly 6th – August 3rdFull for 2018
German, DutchJuly 20th – August 3rdLower Hamlet


Dharma Talks will be translated simultaneously into at least six languages (e.g. German, Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese).

The Summer Opening 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

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

Week 1: Friday July 6th – Friday July 13th
Week 2: Friday July 13th – Friday July 20nd
Week 3: Friday July 20nd – Friday July 27th
Week 4: Friday July  27th – Friday August 3th

Since Plum Village generally hosts over 400 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 note: 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.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Summer Retreat, please click here.


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

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Proceed to registration:

Please note that in order to facilitate communication, happiness and harmony, registration is organised according to gender, age and language spoken.