Wake Up Earth 2019

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Date(s): Aug. 09, 2019 - Aug. 16, 2019
Language: English and French

Upper Hamlet & Lower Hamlet

How can we respond to the recent surge in intolerance, hatred, and isolationism in the world with brotherhood and sisterhood, our feet rooted firmly in the Earth and our minds free from judgment and anger?

Young people (18-35 year olds) from around Europe and the world are warmly invited to gather in Plum Village for a joyful and transformative week, from the 9th to the 16th of August 2019, to explore our connection to the Earth in this international Wake Up Retreat.

The retreat is a chance to exchange insights and discover deep mindfulness practices together as we reflect on how to live sustainably in freedom and happiness on our Mother Earth. Together we realize how collective awakening can bring about true healing and transformation for ourselves and others.

In addition to sitting meditation, Dharma talks and mindful eating, we’ll have plenty of time to relax and restore ourselves by being close to nature—enjoying walking meditations in the forest, going on hikes, working on the organic Happy Farm, and spending time together around the fire. There will be music and laughter, as well as time to listen deeply and share from our hearts.

This retreat is only for young adults aged  35 and younger. We have retreats for all ages throughout the rest of the year. If you know young people who may be interested in the retreat, please encourage them to register.


This year the retreat will be hosted by both Lower Hamlet and Upper Hamlet. This allows everyone to have more space and a chance to practice coming back to oneself and build brotherhood, sisterhood, and siblinghood. Like during the other retreats in Plum Village, Lower Hamlet will host women and couples and Upper Hamlet will host men and couples.

Almost every day, the two hamlets will practice together as a fourfold sangha, like Listening to Dharma Talk, walking meditation, eating meditation and Dharma sharing. And in other times during the day like the mornings and evenings, Lower Hamlet and Upper Hamlet will practice separately.


Registration will open in two phases. The first phase is already fully booked. The second phase will open on Friday 31 May 19:00 CET.

Single women, trans and couples


Single men, trans and couples