Frequently Asked Questions

We are here for you. If you have a question, please check if you can find the answer in the list below.

If not, we are happy to answer your question in an e-mail.

Can I get a tax deduction?2018-08-08T15:45:41+02:00

We can offer a tax deduction to UK Residents  USA and The Netherlands. Please send an email to our Fundraising team and we can send you the details.

How can I make a donation?2018-08-08T15:46:34+02:00

You can make an online donation here using credit card, paypal or direct debit. You can also use a French cheque or organise a bank transfer from your own banking environment. The necessary information can be found here During retreats our Fundraising team will have a donation box ready around the tea house in Upper Hamlet. If you have any more questions, please send an email to our Fundraising team

How will my donation help the Monastery?2018-08-03T17:25:07+02:00

First we need to raise € 750.000 to buy the property. Afterwards your generous support is needed to renovate the building and bring it up to date with modern standards for housing.

We will keep you informed on our website in the blog section and we will occasionally send emails to share the progress.

Where is the new monastery?2018-08-03T17:26:44+02:00

The Monastery is the East side of Paris in the region of Seine-et-Marne close to the city of Meaux. Located in the village of Verdelot 77510. It takes 85 minutes by train from the Station Gare de l’Est – Paris.

When will Healing Spring Monastery be open?2018-08-03T17:26:45+02:00

The current planning is for some Monks to be at Verdelot in October 2018. The first retreat will be held in the spring of 2019.

Will the same retreats held in Plum village Dordogne be available in Healing Spring?2018-08-03T17:26:46+02:00

Yes, more or less. The Monks still have to decide on the program for the new monastery, but they are thinking about organising francophone, anglophone and Vietnamese retreats on different themes (family, health, Wake Up, …).

Why Paris and not another European Country where there is no monastery yet?2018-08-03T17:26:47+02:00

The Monks want to support their Sisters at Maison de l’Inspir in Paris. The Sisters are no longer able to respond to the enormous demand for spiritual support, days of mindfulness and retreats. You can read a bit more about this in this blog.

Will this be a monastery for monks and nuns together?2018-08-03T17:26:48+02:00

Healing Spring Monastery will house the Monks. The Nuns will continue to live in Maison De l’Inspir. However the Nuns and Monks will help each other while organising retreats and days of mindfulness.

Will there be lay residents at Healing Spring?2018-08-03T17:26:50+02:00

Yes, that is a possibility.

When I pay to attend a retreat at a practice center with monastics, what does my payment support?2018-08-02T10:30:03+02:00

Retreat payments help pay for food and the other operational expenses of hosting a retreat at a practice centre.  The monastic community chooses to keep these costs low in order to make the events easily accessible.

Can we see more photos of the Monastery?2018-08-08T15:49:33+02:00
Where is the fundraising office located?2018-08-03T17:25:08+02:00

The office is located in Plum village, Upper hamlet, le Pey. Thenac, Dordogne 24240 France

How do I leave a legacy gift (bequest) to the community in my will?2018-08-08T15:50:53+02:00

It is very simple to leave a gift to the community in your will. Please email us

What is the best way to support the community of Plum village?2018-10-07T11:28:15+02:00

Many people find giving monthly donations through automatic deduction/credit card to be the most convenient. Being a monthly donor in consistent and regular support for the community and allows us to direct funds where they are needed the most. If you are interested in making a larger gift, please contact us by email.

Do I have to donate to be a member of the Plum Village practice?2018-08-03T17:25:11+02:00

Never. No one is ever required to donate funds to the Plum Village Sangha. We do ask that you breathe and smile and offer peace to yourself and your loved ones. Such action is enough.

Is it possible to see a development plan of the monastery site?2018-08-03T17:26:52+02:00

Please get in touch with our Fundraising team by writing an email to dana@plumvillage.org or calling +33 (0)6 66 48 42 80.

Is the monastery open to everyone?2018-08-03T17:26:53+02:00

Yes, our teacher’s (Thich Nhat Hanh) biggest wish is to create refuges for everyone to share.

Will there be just Vietnamese monks in the new monastery?2018-08-03T17:26:54+02:00

No, just as in Upper Hamlet Plum Village, there will be a mix of nationalities.  

Any other questions?2018-08-10T10:21:56+02:00

For any other questions, please feel free to contact us here.

Help us continue the work of our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh by planting seeds of mindfulness close to Paris. Together we can grow a beautiful new practice centre in the Plum Village tradition.

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