Summer Service Retreat

In mid July this year, Plum Village is offering a two-week retreat open to everyone, including families and children. We would like to invite experienced practitioners in our tradition to support us as volunteers in the Summer Service Retreat from July 8 – July 31. Your help is essential as the monastics alone are not enough to care for all the needs in the retreat, such as guiding mindful service, translation, transportation etc..

Practical Information

Volunteers will arrive on July 8, one week before the Summer Retreat, to settle in, meet the monastics and the volunteer team. We will learn, practice, play, and prepare for the retreat together. During the retreat the monastics will guide and support you. Volunteers will also stay a few extra days after the retreat to help us and to join the farewell gathering. Volunteers will camp during the retreat and contribute €175 for your stay (except for some Children’s Program volunteers).

Volunteering for the Children’s Program

  • French children’s program – Upper Hamlet
  • Italian children’s program (Week 1 only) – Upper Hamlet
  • Spanish children’s program (Week 2 only) – Upper Hamlet
  • English children’s program – Lower Hamlet
  • German children’s program (Week 1 only) – New Hamlet
  • Dutch children’s program (Week 2 only) – New Hamlet

We ask volunteers who will join a 1 week children’s program to come for 2 weeks and contribute €100 for your stay

Volunteers must provide a copy of ID card, proof of health insurance and visa if needed. Children’s program volunteers, please also provide a copy of the Child Protection Certificate, police check record, or similar document from your country. For residents of France, this can be obtained here

Please note that we can only consider your application if you have practiced at one of the Plum Village centers.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please fill out the form below and we ask for your understanding as it may take us a few weeks to reply to you.

A lotus for you, a Buddha to be

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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