We have joyful news to share with you.
First we would like to thank you again for your generosity. Our hearts are filled with gratitude. We have received so many kind words, intentions and best wishes. People all over the world have supported Healing Spring Monastery. We received small and big donations, some of you pledged monthly support or left us a bequest. We even had a 12 year old Belgian girl donating her pocket money for the summer. Together you have raised 430.000 euro which brought us a lot closer to realizing our dream.
We have told you before about the beautiful spiritual atmosphere of the Verdelot convent and its perfect location in the midst of nature, but still accessible from Paris. The Brothers felt deeply convinced that this was the place where they should settle to help the people from Paris, the north of France and the rest of Europe. Our wish was granted. We received a gracious loan, allowing us to buy the property even before we raised the full amount that we needed.
This week we will sign the property deed and get the keys. Nine of the twelve Brothers who will live in Healing Spring Monastery have left from Upper Hamlet on Friday the 12th of October with a packed van full of the primary necessities and of course a bell. The air was filled with joy, laughter and anticipation.
We will keep you updated on our first weeks of settling in and bringing the practice of mindfulness to the old catholic convent.
A lotus for you
The Plum Village Sisters and Brothers
P.S. If you would like more information about visiting Healing Spring Monastery, please look here.
P.S.2 If you live in the area around Verdelot and you would like to help us by donating furniture, linens or household supplies, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.