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 Spring Day of Mindfulness – March 16, 2019 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at Holy Wisdom

The theme of this Sangha building day is Finding Our True Home: Enriching Our Lives with Sangha, led by dharma leaders Gloria Green and Susan O’Leary.

SnowFlower Summer Monastic Retreat – June 29-30, 2019 at the Goodman Center

Details to come. This will be non-residential.

SnowFlower Fall Retreat – October 18-20, 2019, Bethel Horizons

Details to come.  This is a residential retreat held in Dodgeville, WI.

Regional Retreats in the Plum Village Tradition

Day of Mindfulness with Red Cedar Buddha Sangha – Downsville, WI led by Jack Lawlor

Day of Mindfulness with Winding Path Sangha – Iowa City, IA led by Jack Lawlor

  • March 2, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Coralville Iowa
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Day of Mindfulness with Milwaukee Mindfulness Practice Center – Milwaukee, WI led by Br. Phap Vu

In Deep Gratitude: Celebrating the Teachings of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh – Plano, IL led by Jack and Laurie Lawlor

Summer Retreat with Milwaukee Mindfulness Practice Center – Willard, WI Led by Paul Norton

Retreats at Plum Village Tradition Monasteries and Practice Centers

  • Plum Village (near Bordeaux, France)
    • Winter Retreat from Jan 18-Feb 1, 2019
    • Spring Retreat from Mar 15-June 21, 2019 (choose one or two week time slots)
    • Happy Farm Experience Week from May 17-24, 2019
    • Mindful Cooking Retreat from June 1-8, 2019
    • Summer Service Retreat from June 28-Aug 4, 2019
    • Summer Retreat from July 5-Aug 2, 2019
  • Blue Cliff Monastery (Pine Bush, NY)
    • Tet – Lunar New Year from Feb 4-6, 2019
    • Order of Interbeing Retreat from April 24-28, 2019
    • Wake Up Retreat from June 19-23, 2019
    • Summer Family Retreat from July 10-14, 2019
    • US Tour – “Breathe, It’ll Be Okay!” from Aug 14-18, 2019
  • Deer Park Monastery (Escondido, CA)
    • Wake Up Retreat from Mar 27-31, 2019
    • Family Retreat from June 19-23, 2019
    • Family Retreat from June 27-July 1, 2019
    • Teen Camp from July 16-21, 2019
  • Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center (Batesville, MS)
    • Cooking Retreat from Mar 7-10, 2019
    • Silence Retreat from April 17-21, 2019
    • Retreat for People in the 12 Step Program from May 16-19, 2019
    • Buddha in Me, Buddha in You: Vesak Weekend, May 19, 2019
    • Order of Interbeing Retreat from June 6-9, 2019
    • US Tour – “Breathe, It’ll Be Okay!” from Aug 7-11, 2019
  • European Institute of Applied Buddhism
    • Order of Interbeing Retreat from June 27-30, 2019
    • Dharma Teachers Retreat from July 2-5, 2019