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Serving Happy Farm and Plum Village

December 6, 2018 in New Hamlet The Happy Farm from Lower Hamlet, New Hamlet, and Upper Hamlet in...

Food and Cooking in Plum Village

Wake Upper Marek from Poland is a passionate cook and currently serves the Sangha in Plum Village as the kitchen coordinator in Son Ha, one of the monks’ residences. In this interview, he shares practices to bring mindfulness into the kitchen and a diet that serves ourselves as well as our planet.

Lessons Learned from Living with Monastics

Floating meditation practice: Me in the middle and a few friends, as well as Brother Harmony (Phap Man) to my right

Making the “Happy Farmers” Movie

A Director’s Confession During the summer of 2016, I came to Plum Village Happy Farm during the Wake Up retreat for the third time, and...

Lower Hamlet Happy Farm

The Lower Hamlet Happy Farm brings ecological farming and the Plum Village mindfulness practice together. A team of five long-term friends works on this...

Plum Village, A Mindfulness Village

by Ilse from Amsterdam, the Netherlands Last Christmas, I experienced a special week in Plum Village, near Bordeaux, in the south of France. I learned...

I Am Everything

Plum Village Children’s Program By Jadzia Tedeschi A few shrieks, giggles in the background, a rolling Spanish rrr, some expressive Italian gesticulation, a fresh generation of...

Happy Farmers Change The World

By Mick McEvoy “Happy Farmers will change the world.” So reads Thay’s calligraphy. Farming employs over 1.3 billion people throughout the world or close to 40...

Be Mindful: Save a Piece of Green in Your Mind

On a weekend where the sky is full of haze, freshness is still all around in Lotus Pond Temple, Lantau Island. A group of...

Spending a Year in Plum Village

Christine from Wake Up Chicago chats with Nigel Armstrong, a concert violinist, about the year he spent as a Happy Farmer in Upper Hamlet...

Inspiration, Appreciation and Nourishment

by Michiel de Koning A "Bedtime" Story Plum Village, March 2015 – Waking up at two o'clock at night. Why is my alarm beeping? Putting on...

The Growth of Happy Farm

Fresh red, yellow, and purple tomatoes, beautiful salad greens, and pumpkins are just some of the delicious vegetables delivered to residents and retreatants at...

Happy Farm in Lower Hamlet

The Happy Farm Lower Hamlet is a small organic vegetable farm located on one of the monastic sisters' ground in Plum Village. It brings...

Thay’s Eyes

I would like to share with you about my moment with Thay during the 21-Day Retreat in Plum Village, France, and my reflection about...

Sailing to the Other Shore

Memories of a Winter Retreat I chose the shape of a mandala with three circles to give you a structure of my story. The frame...