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Plum Village

A monastery for monks, nuns and Buddhist practice center for lay people

Plum Village, a monastery for monks and nuns and a Buddhist practice center for lay people, was founded in 1982 by the Vietnamese Zen-Master Thích Nhất Hạnh (Thầy). Every year, Plum Village welcomes thousands of friends from all around the world. Due to its rapid expansion in recent years, the community is now comprised of four hamlets: Upper Hamlet, Son Ha Temple, Lower Hamlet, and New Hamlet. Plum Village also has practice centers located in The United States (Deerpark, Bluecliff, Magnolia), Germany, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia.

Throughout the year we offer retreats at Plum Village -- we also have special retreats, events, and tours which take place throughout the year. See the event listings for more information. Please plan your retreat carefully, reading the relevant event information page as well if you are attending a special event, retreat or tour.

In the winter, spring, and autumn retreat, the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh offers teachings every Thursday and Sunday in the early morning. In-depth Dharma sharing in small groups usually take place every Thursday and Sunday. When Thây is not in Plum Village, the teachings will be given by monastic and lay Dharma teachers of Plum Village; or we will watch a video of Thây.

Practice at Plum Village helps us weave mindfulness into all daily activities, not focusing just on sitting meditation in the meditation hall. This enables us to meditate throughout the day, while eating, walking, working, and enjoying a cup of tea together. All friends are invited to help in communal activities, such as preparing meals, general cleaning, and washing dishes, as a way of continuing mindfulness practice while performing everyday tasks


Spring Retreat

March to May 2013

Spring retreat also will be led by our teacher Ven. Thích Nhat Hanh, if he is not traveling to teach elsewhere; otherwise, these retreats will be led by our senior monks and nuns of Plum Village. Thay (Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) and most of the monastic will travel to Asia .


Summer Opening

6 July to 3 August 2013

Retreat for families and friends to practice joyfully together, to create peace in themselves and in the world. It is also a time for us to water our cultural roots and express gratitude and joy in several festivals: the Rose Festival, Hiroshima Day, Ancestor Remembrance Day and the Full Moon Festival. A program for children between the ages of 6 and 16 is offered during this retreat, for more details click here.


Autumn Retreat

October to November 2013

The Autumn is a season for letting go of unnecessary thinking, coming back to the present moment to enjoy peaceful moments raking leaves, planting trees, sharing tea and nourishing our joy.

Our teacher will be on tour to US Germany in August 2013, please visit for more details.

During this period the regular practice schedule continues, guided by senior Dharma Teachers in our tradition. Please come and enjoy the practice of cultivating true happiness and freedom with us! For more details click here.


Health Retreat

Upper Hamlet [9-16 August 2013], New Hamlet [16-23 August 2013]

Health and Happiness retreat: we will enjoy together daily sessions of sitting meditation, total relaxation, 2 hours hiking meditation (3 walking groups according to your health conditions), Tai Chi, Qi Kong and Yoga and workshops on health. We will develop our spiritual energy by nourishing ourselves with community meditation and sharing based on the teaching given by the monks and nuns dharma teachers of Plum Village who have experiences in the health field. Our meals will be light and simple.

More details check in our Events


Winter Retreat

November 2013 to February 2014

The Winter Retreat is a monastic retreat for our resident monks and nuns. However, monks and nuns from other traditions, centers, as well as lay practitioners, who are eager to deepen their practice, are warmly invited to join us. During the Winter Retreat we ask all guests to stay with us for a minimum of one week. For more details click here.


Wake up International Youth Retreat

Upper Hamlet and Lower Hamlet [23-30 August 2013]

It’s the one time in the Plum Village year that we create a program specifically for young people – full of energy and relaxation, spontaneity and authenticity. We’ve now started having young people’s retreats all over Europe and the US, but this is the one chance for us to come together from all over the world to a beautiful corner of France.


Tu Nghiêm Temple - New Hamlet

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(for single woman and couple)

13 Martineau, 33580 Dieulivol, France

We are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 am, and from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

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Cam Lo Temple - Lower Hamlet

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(for single woman and couple)

Meyrac 47120, Loubès-Bernac, France

We are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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Pháp Van Temple - Upper Hamlet

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(for single man and couple)

Le Pey 24240, Thenac, France

We are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 to 11 am, and from 2 to 5 pm.

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