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
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
– Please register using this form
Retreat flyer
– Bring your sit-upon, mug and appropriate clothing for voluntary outdoor
walking meditation
– Lunch and afternoon snack will be provided
– You will be invited to make voluntary contributions toward costs
– Direct questions to Walt Keough at

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

Day of Mindfulness – Friends on the Path: The Engaged Spirituality of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh
–  February 8, 2020, in Downsville WI, hosted by the Red Cedar Buddha Sangha
– Led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor
Retreat Flyer and Registration Information

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)

    • April 22-26, 2020: OI Retreat
    • 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)