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

Summer Monastic Retreat: Harmony in our home, Joy in the world – June 29 and 30 at the Goodman Community Center

  • This retreat will be led by four monastics from Blue Cliff Monastery – two Brothers and two Sisters. We will have the opportunity to pause, be held in community, and look deeply at how we can develop more understanding so that we can manifest more compassion and love in ourselves, our families and the whole world. The retreat format will be similar to last year, featuring instruction and practice in sitting, walking, and eating meditation; dharma talks by monastic teachers; deep relaxation; and question and response time. Dharma discussion opportunities will be added this year, as well as opportunities for OI and OI aspirants to meet with the monastics. There will also be a concurrent, day-long children’s program on Sunday.
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Fall Retreat Theme to be announced led by Jack Lawlor

  • October 18-20, 2019 at Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville, WI
  • More details to come

Regional Retreats in the Plum Village Tradition

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

Day of Mindfulness Theme to be determined – Minneapolis, MN Led by Larry Ward and Peggy Rowe Ward

  • November, 2019
  • Details to be determined – hosted by Blooming Heart Sangha

Retreats at Plum Village Tradition Monasteries and Practice Centers

  • Plum Village (near Bordeaux, France)
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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