About Plum Village

A Buddhist Tradition and Global Community

Plum Village, near Bordeaux in southwest France, is the largest international practice center in the Plum Village tradition, and the first monastic community founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in the West.

At Plum Village we weave mindfulness into all our daily activities, training ourselves to be mindful throughout the day: while eating, walking, working, or enjoying a cup of tea together. Plum Village is a home away from home, and a beautiful, nourishing, simple environment in which to cultivate the mind of awakening.

Plum Village – Aerial View of Upper Hamlet

We enjoy periods of silence, sitting meditation, rest, relaxation, mindful work and play. All practitioners who come to Plum Village are invited to join in the communal activities in their hamlet, whether it is preparing meals, cleaning or washing dishes, as a way of learning to cultivate joy and mindfulness in whatever we are doing.

Every year, Plum Village welcomes thousands of meditation practitioners from around the world who come to experience the art of mindful communal living. Over 40 nationalities are often represented at the festive four-week annual Summer Opening Retreat which offers special programs for children and teenagers.

The hamlets of Plum Village have a volunteer programme for youth service, and have opened an organic “Happy Farms,” where year-long resident farmers combine ecology and mindfulness as they cultivate vegetables for the community’s vegan meals.

Before recently returning to his native Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh lived at Plum Village when he was not travelling. Whilst in Plum Village he wrote, taught, gardened and guided his global community. Many of the trails around the hills and fields of Plum Village have become legendary paths of walking meditation for Thich Nhat Hanh and his community.

Today there are a further eight monastic practice centers in the Plum Village tradition in Europe, the USA and Asia, all founded by Thich Nhat Hanh himself.

If you want to learn more about Plum Village please visit the main website.