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.

When will Healing Spring Monastery re-open?2020-06-30T16:04:34+02:00

As the result of the confinement related to COVID-19 and all the uncertainties surrounding when and how it will be lifted, all group activities at Healing Spring Monastery are cancelled until end of August, and remain uncertain until the end of the year. Thank you for your support and kind understanding.

Registration / Price2020-01-22T15:23:48+01:00

Registration / Price
You will find on the page of the retreat for which you wish to register the link to do it.
The usual contribution requested for the week is:

  • adults: 385 € / week
  • 12-17 years: 270 € / week
  • 6-11 years: 192 € / week
  • <5 years old: free (Do not forget to make a reservation for young children as well)

For the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, or from Friday to Monday, we ask a contribution of 50 € / night.
These contributions correspond to the needs for the daily functioning of our monastery, do not hesitate to make a donation if you wish to support the development of our community.
You are welcome to send us a request if you need financial support.

Duration of retreat2019-10-29T16:25:19+01:00

All periods for which we are open are indicated on this site. So remember to check that we are open before coming.
We welcome retreatants for the week as well as for the weekend (Friday to Sunday or Monday). It may be possible to stay several weeks in a row if our program allows.

Room Format2019-10-29T16:24:04+01:00

Be aware that all our rooms are similar, with 3/4 beds and shared bathroom and toilets with the residents of the floor. We do not have a single room or for two, which means that we usually ask couples to sleep in separate rooms.


You will find on this page all the information to come to the Healing Spring Monastery, including public transport from Paris and its stations, and carpooling.

Days of Mindfulness2019-10-29T16:23:32+01:00

Our Awareness Days are usually held every Sunday from 10:00 to 16:30. They are announced on the page of Days of Mindfulness of this site as well as on our facebook page.
You are invited to bring a vegan dish to share with everyone, to sign up quickly for the day (coming soon) and to think of offering your additional places in carpooling if you come by car.

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.

60 %

of 1.3 million € raised

Go to Top