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From November 8th to December 20th, during our Rains Retreat, we invite you to join the monastic and lay community of the Healing Spring for one or two weeks of practice.

Rains Retreat: Deepening the
practice

The Winter Retreat is a time especially destined for monastics, during which time they do not travel and so can devote themselves to their own practice and deepen it, cultivate brotherhood and have the happiness of practicing together.

This is a very appropriate time for friends who wish to intensify their practice and enjoy the collective energy of mindfulness generated by the four-fold community by living, practicing and working together. We can grow and strengthen our spiritual roots.

Generate a powerful collective energy

During the Rains Retreat we have Days of Mindfulness every Sunday for Dharma Talk and a full day of practice. The teachings will be in French, English or Vietnamese, with simultaneous translations in English and French if necessary.

For every Day of Mindfulness we will have the chance to spend the day and practice with the sisters from Maison de l’Inspir, who just moved to their new house within walking range of the brother’s monastery.

Who is the Rains Retreat for?

The Rains Retreat is most appropriate for those who are already familiar with Plum Village practices, but is also open to newcomers. After each day of arrival, an introduction to the practice will be offered.

As we are a monastery of brothers, only men and couples will be accepted for this retreat.

Useful informations

  • The arrival days will be Friday, November 8, November 22 and December 6, from 3 pm to 9 pm, and the departure days will be every Friday from November 15th to December 20th. To maintain the stability of the retreat please plan to join us for one or two full week (s).
  • Please keep in mind that opening a new monastery is an adventure that takes time and that we will not be able to offer immediately the same conditions of comfort and organization as those of Plum Village.

How to enjoy the retreat

In order to fully enjoy your retreat at the monastery, it is important to follow the practice, organization and culture of the community. Please visit this page to learn more.

This will help you to fully and deeply appreciate your practice, as well as to respect and contribute to the energy of our monastic practice center.

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing together these moments of practice and brotherhood!

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