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

Spring Day of Mindfulness 
– March 14, 2020
– At Holy Wisdom in Middleton, WI
– Details and registration information coming soon

Summer Monastic Retreat 
– June 26-28*, 2020 (*dates to be confirmed)
– Location TBD

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

Day of Mindfulness – Friends on the Path: The Engaged Spirituality of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh
–  January 19, 2020, in Evanston IL, hosted by Lakeside Buddha Sangha
– Led by Dharma Teachers Jack and Laurie Lawlor
Register for the Retreat due by January 12, 2020

Day of Mindfulness
– February 22, 2020 in Ashland NE, hosted by Honey Locust Sangha
– Led by Dharma Teacher Terry Cortes-Vega
More info TBD

Day of Mindfulness
– February 29, 2020 in Davenport IA, hosted by Prairie River Sangha and Prairie Oaks Sangha
– Led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
More info TBD

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

Plum Village (near Bordeaux, France)

Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center (Batesville, MS)

Blue Cliff Monastery (Pine Bush, NY)

Deer Park Monastery (Escondido, CA)

European Institute of Applied Buddhism (near Cologne, Germany)