An Online Retreat hosted by Deer Park, Blue Cliff and Magnolia Grove Monasteries

How can we handle the feelings of dread, loneliness and anger within us and around us? There is no “back to normal” in such an uncertain and complex world, so let’s not go back, let’s come together to build a more compassionate future.  Wake Up is an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners in their 20s & 30s inspired by the teachings of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and more compassionate society.

Everything can begin with you. You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society.            ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Please note: Dear friends, we recognize that young people can face quite specific issues due to where they are at in their life stage. Therefore we would like to give priority and support to those in their 20s & 30s in this retreat.
The schedule of this retreat will only be in US Time Zones. So if you can arrange your personal schedule to follow, then please register on this site. However, if you live in Europe, Africa, or Asia there is a separate but parallel Wake Up retreat organized by Plum Village Monastery where the schedule might suit your time zone better. You can register with Plum Village here.


In this retreat:

  • Learn how to practice sitting meditation with live input from Plum Village monastics
  • Live talks offered by senior monastic disciples of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh direct from our three American centers
  • Spaces to connect with people our age as we look deeply into the challenges and joys that we experience in our daily lives, including specific spaces for Spanish speaking, BIPOC, LGBT+ identified people, and people of Vietnamese descent
  • A transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings offered by the monastics of the Plum Village Tradition.


A little bit about a few of the Monastics who will share from their experience

Sister The Nghiem (True Vow) (she/her), currently the abbess of White Crane Hamlet at Blue Cliff Monastery, is a second-generation Vietnamese-American who grew up in Pennsylvania. She took her monastic vows in 1999 and has been residing and practicing in the US for the majority of her monastic life. Her interests include Buddhist and Western psychology, music and the Dharma, and Earth-Holding. She is currently a member of the Earth Holder Community Caretaking Council, with a commitment to engaging in practices and actions that move the collective towards Earth and Racial Justice.



Brother Phap Luu (Dharma Stream) ordained as a monk in 2003 and became a Dharma Teacher in 2011. He has a degree in English literature from Dartmouth College and also did non-degree study at Yale and Harvard in Buddhist Studies and Sanskrit before ordaining. He has been active in the Wake-Up movement for young people, the Plum Village Happy Farm initiative (combining organic farming, community living and the mindfulness practice in Upper Hamlet) and the Wake Up Schools initiative to bring mindfulness into schools. While at home in Deer Park he enjoys hiking, mentoring, teaching the Sutras (ancient Buddhist texts) and the Vinaya (Buddhist monastic code), and making trails. He also loves to chop wood, swing in a hammock, and make guacamole for special occasions.



Sister Boi Nghiem (True Pearl) ordained as a nun in Plum Village in August 2005. She is now a residential nun at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi. She first encountered the practices of mindfulness in Plum Village tradition in the summer of 2001 while visiting her sister, who is also a nun. In October 2004, while in Plum Village, she knew “This is it.” For her, a place where there is no drinking and no smoking involved, that is heaven. Therefore, a return ticket back home was never bought. She is now happily practicing with the community, smiling to her monkey mind, and continuing to learn the art of mindful living with her spiritual Brothers and Sisters. It is her deep wish and joy to see the young people practicing mindfulness, experiencing bliss in life in this present moment. An occasion like this is precious to her because this is an opportunity for her to learn, to live, to play, to offer and to smile with the young people. 



Brother Phap Dung (Dharma Embrace) grew up in Los Angeles, trained as an architect, and is now a senior disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh, loved by young and old for his dynamic creativity and urban cool. He is one of the senior monks spearheading the Zen Master’s project of training teachers to bring mindfulness into schools, businesses, politics and healthcare settings.

This is an excerpt from an LA Times interview:  [Br. Phap Dung is] a Vietnamese refugee who came of age as a San Fernando “Valley Boy” break dancing and skateboarding. He says he struggled in school, fending off racial taunts, before eventually graduating from USC and working as an architect in Santa Monica. But after a few years, he says, he began to feel that his profession was “all about money and ego,” with scarce opportunities to design socially meaningful projects. He visited Deer Park several times for retreats, was captivated by the gentleness he found there and decided to become a monk.  ”I’d found a way of living that was much more meaningful,” said the [former] abbot, who frequently works with troubled youth. “The way it helps people is much more direct.”

Here you can view a standard outline of the schedule according to which time zone you prefer to join.


5:30 am Sitting Meditation
7:00 am Breakfast (Offline)
8:00 am Dharma Talk
10:00 am Walking Meditation (Offline)
11:00 am Exercise (Offline)
12:00 pm Optional Lunch at Breakout Tables
1:30 pm Total Relaxation (Offline)
2:30 pm Dharma Sharing
4:30 pm Workshops/Presentations
6:30 pm Dinner (Offline)
8:00 pm Sitting Meditation
9:30 pm Noble Silence (Offline)

This schedule is subject to change.
5:30 am Sitting Meditation
6:30 am Breakfast (Offline)
7:30 am Walking Meditation (Offline)
10:00 am Dharma Talk
12:00 pm Optional Lunch at Breakout Tables
1:30 pm Total Relaxation (Offline)
2:30 pm Dharma Sharing
4:00 pm Exercise (Offline)
5:30 pm Dinner (Offline)
6:30 pm Workshops/Presentations
8:30 pm Sitting Meditation
9:30 pm Noble Silence (Offline)

This schedule is subject to change.
5:30 am Sitting Meditation
6:30 am Exercise (Offline)
7:30 am Breakfast (Offline)
8:30 am Walking Meditation (Offline)
11:00 am Dharma Talk
12:30 pm Optional Lunch at Breakout Tables
2:00 pm Total Relaxation (Offline)
3:00 pm Dharma Sharing
5:30 pm Dinner (Offline)
6:30 pm Sitting Meditation
7:30 pm Workshop/Presentations
9:30 pm Noble Silence (Offline)

This schedule is subject to change.



The retreat has three rates: Standard ($200), Sponsor ($300) for those who can offer more to support those on scholarship, and Scholarship ($100) for those who need financial support to attend. 
If these rates are too much for you, please select the Chrysanthemum Rate and let us know what works for you. The minimum fee we ask for is $30 to support our three US monasteries with their yearly operational costs and any costs related to offering the Practice freely to others.


Please note: registration is now closed


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  1. Thank you for your humble invitation. I must decline though. Only because I am 63 years young! When the opportunity presents itself for 60+ youngens’ I will be glad to attend. Namaste

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