The Soulmate of the Buddha 21 Day Retreat – June 1st – 22nd, 2018

We write to share a happiness that next year 2018, Plum Village will be hosting our biennial 21 Day Retreat once again from June 1st to June 22nd. It is a retreat focused for experienced Buddhist practitioners, especially from our Order of Interbeing community, but is also open to the general public. The retreat will be conducted in English with respective translations. We will also be transmitting the 14 Mindfulness Trainings of the Order for all qualified international OI aspirants.

Please save the date! Once registration opens, we will arrange for the first month to be open only for members of the Order and then open up for the general public, so keep an eye out for the open-registration date.

Please read the letter of invitation below in English, French or Spanish.

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25 comments on “The Soulmate of the Buddha 21 Day Retreat – June 1st – 22nd, 2018
  1. Sharon Moy says:

    I am eager to attend this retreat. Please send me more info as it becomes available. Thank you.

    • Hello!
      My wife, our little doughter (1’5 year) and I are interested in the 21 day retreat in June 2018.
      We are practising regulary and daily since a few years.Personaly I am the chairman of an NGO called Tibethilfe. It is an organisation that builds schools in the himalaya. The seed of the organisation is rooted in the buddhist practise. We hope to get in contact with you soon. Raffael, Gerlinde, Alina from Austria

  2. Zofia Bentley says:

    Dear Plum Village Friends,

    I am an Order member but I’d like to come (and share the room) with a friend who is an aspirant. Would you give aspirants priority to book as well, or is only for the full members.

    • Joji santos says:

      Hi there! I believe it’s open to the general public

      • Marianne L. says:

        To me it sounds like it is open to the OI members for the first month of registration and then it opens to the general public.
        In Love and Light,

  3. Wylie Wong says:

    Kindly let me know when this open to public for registration

  4. Berna Lee says:

    I am from Hong Kong, I would like to join the retreat in 2018, please kindly let me know what are the requirements for general public and details for joining, thank you so much.

  5. Mai Duong says:

    Dear Brother
    My name is Mai.I live in Cambridge -United Kingdom. I would like to attend the 21 days retreat in June 2018
    Please let me know when the time come and what I have to do to prepared for this retreat course
    Thank you

  6. Allison Clark says:


    I would like to attend the 21 day retreat – I will need to budget for this and would like to know the cost of the retreat as well as the date when registration opens. Please may I have this information?

    Kind regards, Allison

  7. Satheesan Kanady says:

    I am interested in attending the 21-day retreat. I am a novice. Please mail me the details.

  8. Duc Pho says:

    Dear friends, thank you for your interest. You can subscribe on the top right box on the following page to be notified when registration opens:

  9. Sharon says:


    Please forward email when registration is open to novices as myself

    Need to breathe and hear the silence, for the energy of the world is sometimes too despairing’ to embrace without emotional exhaustion



  10. Mumm says:

    Please let me know when the registration will be opened. Thank you.

  11. Marianne Lütcherath says:

    My husband, Bob, and I would very much like to attend the retreat. We have visited Plum Village on two occasions for a week each time. We practice and teach Mindful Meditation and live as closely as possible to Buddhist principles.

    Please keep us updated when we will be eligible for registration.

  12. Madeline Parsons says:

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    I am an OI aspirant and would very much like to attend this retreat. Please would you send me an email notification when the registration period opens.

    With thanks and a bow,
    Madeline Parsons

  13. Jayne Power says:

    Please keep me updated. I want to come if I can. Thank you friends.

  14. Michael O Ciardha says:

    Dear Brother Duc Pho,My wife,Caitlin,and myself are very interested in attending the 21 day retreat.We are not OI members but have been attending the July Summer Opening for 20 years!!We travel by car from Ireland,so we need to make the ferry bookings in January.Do you think that we.will know by early January that we can attend the 21 day retreat?
    Many thanks,
    Michael O Ciardha

  15. Joji Arellano says:

    Please send me a notification when registration opens up for the June retreat in 2018. The soulmate of Buddha. Thank you!!!!!

  16. Joji Arellano says:

    I am interested in attending the 21 day retreat in 2018. Please send me an email when you open the registration.

  17. Ngoc says:

    Hello, Plum Village Practitioners. My name is Ngoc, and I am from the United States, living in California. I would like to learn more about the 2018 21 day retreat at plum village. Please provide me with more information regarding this retreat. Thank you.

  18. Even though there is no soul, is there soulmate?

    Thay said, “Reincarnation means there is a soul that goes out of your body and enters another body. That is a very popular, very wrong notion of continuation in Buddhism. If you think that there is a soul, a self, that inhabits a body, and that goes out when the body disintegrates and takes another form, that is not Buddhism.” (

    • Thanh Nguyen says:

      @Hitoshi Tsuchiyama “Soulmate” used here, it’s just a metaphor.

      • Thank you for your comment. However, this is the core of interbeing, so words must be chosen very carefully. That’s why I have a big question. Is “A REAL SOULMATE OF THE BUDDHA” the direct translation of “Tri KỷCủa Bụt” which was the theme title of the winter retreat in 2012-2013 whenThầy taught in Vietnamese? Even if “Soulmate” is just a metaphor, I feel that the word of “soul” should be avoided.