A retreat is an opportunity to enjoy simple and peaceful living, and to learn how to cultivate the energy of mindfulness.  Attending a retreat is a vital way to nourish our practice, deepen our awareness, and cultivate our compassion and kindness toward ourselves and others.

SnowFlower offers scholarships to assist SnowFlowers to go on retreat. Scholarships are available for all SnowFlower, regional retreats in the Plum Village Tradition, and visits/retreats to national Plum Village Monasteries. To request a scholarship, please fill out  the Request for Scholarship Assistance from SnowFlower to Attend a Retreat form and email it to

SnowFlower Retreats

Practicing Together, Engaging in the World Cancelled
Spring Day of Mindfulness 
– March 14, 2020 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at Holy Wisdom in Middleton, WI
– Dharma Leaders: Mary Michal and Susan O’Leary

With great regret we have decided to cancel the SnowFlower Spring Day of Mindfulness.  The latest message from the Dane County public health agency is that large gatherings be canceled, and given our demographic and risk profile we felt it wise to take this advice seriously. It’s really disappointing that we won’t have this opportunity to come together to practice and socialize.

Summer Monastic Retreat 
– June 26-28, 2020
– At Goodman Community Center in Madison, WI

Annual Fall Retreat 
– October 23-25, 2020
– Led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
– At Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville, WI

Regional Retreats in the Plum Village Tradition

Restoring Wonder: The Gift of Meditation-Based Mindfulness Practice 
– May 1-3, 2020 at LaSalle Manor Retreat Center in Plan Illinois, hosted by Lakeside Buddha Sangha
– Led by Dharma Teachers Jack and Laurie Lawlor 
Retreat Flyer and Registration Form

Spring Retreat
– May 14-17, 2020 in Griswold IA, hosted by Honey Locust Sangha
– Led by Dharma Teacher Br. Michael Ciborski in Griswold, IA
More info TBD

Retreats at Plum Village Tradition Monasteries and Practice Centers

Please check the monastery websites for current retreat information. Most retreats/visits to the monasteries are cancelled through May 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Plum Village (near Bordeaux, France)

Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center (Batesville, MS)

Blue Cliff Monastery (Pine Bush, NY)

    • May 8-10, 2020: Vesak Weekend
    • June 17-21, 2020: Wake-up Retreat
    • July 15-19, 2020: Family Retreat
    • August 12-16, 2020: Educators Retreat
    • September 25-27, 2020: Mindful Cooking Retreat

Deer Park Monastery (Escondido, CA)

European Institute of Applied Buddhism (near Cologne, Germany)