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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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Frequently Asked Questons

We encourage you to attend as much of the retreat as possible to get the greatest benefit from the practice. 

Yes, we try to livestream all sessions to our platform so you can follow both there and on Zoom. The recording of this livestream will remain available afterwards.

In this retreat, the Dharma Sharing is a smaller break-out group of around 15-20 participants, led by an experienced facilitator. It gives us a chance to listen deeply, to speak from the heart, and benefit from each other’s insights and experience of practicing mindfulness. We can share our experiences, our joys, our difficulties, and our questions relating to the teachings in the retreat, and the mindfulness practices we are following together.

Please organize your time and commitments, so you have space from the morning of Wednesday, May 26, to the afternoon of Sunday, May 30, to fully participate in the retreat. As the retreat approaches, you’ll receive a digital package with information and resources on how to prepare yourself and your environment so you can really enjoy the retreat. 

You’re invited to prepare a room or corner in your home where you can be online, undisturbed. It is important that you are not interrupted during the various sessions, so you may like to communicate with loved ones, or other people you live with, to ask for their support in this. If you are participating in the Dharma Sharing groups, it will be important for you to log-on from a private space where you can share without others hearing you.

The Dharma Sharing break-out groups are the ideal time to ask questions from the heart about the teachings you have heard and practices we are following together. You can also write a question in the comments below the video of a particular talk. There will be a special session of Questions & Answers with the monks and nuns on Saturday 29th May.

The Dharma Sharing break-out groups offer a rare opportunity to join a circle facilitated by a monastic. If you are interested in connecting with the monastics, we strongly encourage you to make the commitment to opt-in to the three Dharma Sharing sessions. Our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, taught us that Dharma Sharing break-out groups are a powerful way to learn and grow in our mindfulness practice. Note that these sessions are not direct question-and-answer sessions, but a group where questions are addressed collectively.

Yes, you do not need to be in a hut on a mountain to enjoy this retreat. So long as you have a quiet corner or room where you can be undisturbed, and perhaps have space to stretch and do the mindful movements, you will be able to enjoy the retreat fully. You may need headphones, and when you are joining Dharma Sharing, somewhere in the house where you can speak without being heard by others.

You can explain to those you live with your intention in joining the retreat and ask for their support. The idea is not to cut yourself off from them, but to generate a strong energy of mindfulness, peace and presence, during the sessions, that you can bring to your in-person interactions off-screen over the course of the weekend. You will be able to apply many of the teachings on deep listening, mindful eating and so on, right away!

This retreat is designed for young adults in their 20s and 30s as we recognize that this is quite a specific and unique life stage. Therefore we appreciate the understanding from our wider community by offering this space to this group of people. Throughout the year we offer many other retreats that cater to a wider range of ages and we invite you to join these other retreats. Please note that in the Dharma Sharing breakout groups themes spontaneously arise that may not be appropriate for teenagers or children, and so it is not possible to register participants under 18 for the Dharma Sharing groups. We are currently exploring how we can offer a different, more tailored experience for children and teens online. Please check our events listing for future announcements.

This retreat is accessible to those new to the practice, and will be a refreshing and deepening experience for those who have been practicing mindfulness for some time. It is a precious chance to connect directly with our spiritual community, and to meet like-minded people.

Please see the schedule and convert the times into your time-zone. This is an international retreat most suited for time zones in the Americas. The schedule of this retreat will be in Pacific, Central, and Eastern Standard times (PST, CST, EST). So if you can arrange your personal schedule to follow, then please register on this site. However, if you live in Europe or Africa there is a concurrent Wake Up retreat organized by Plum Village Monastery where the schedule might suit your time zone better.

If you are in a later time zone (e. g. Asia), you may still be able to follow the retreat in a different way that suits your time since you can watch recordings of the talks. This is still an experiment and we are open to learning, so please do send us your feedback.

The retreat will be offered in English. For Spanish speakers, there will be Spanish speaking Dharma Sharing break-out groups. The concurrent Wake Up retreat organized by Plum Village Monastery will offer translation French guided meditations, relaxations, and French Dharma Sharing break-out groups. As we expand our experience and technical capacity, we hope to offer translation into more languages in future. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If we can find translators, the talks will be translated live in Spanish. If you are bilingual, and have experience offering simultaneous translation for the Dharma talks (teachings) into Spanish, and would like to offer to translate, please contact us here and we will see what may be possible.

This retreat will be delivered to you through your web browser and the Zoom app. When following the live events you can choose to join via Zoom or via the embedded video in your browser (link will be provided in advance). If you are opting-in to Dharma Sharing (the smaller breakout groups), you will need to install the Zoom software and you will need a webcam on your computer or tablet, so people can see you (just as you will see others). It is also preferable to have headphones, ideally with a microphone.

We do our best to livestream in either 720p or 1080p. After the retreat we will upload all content in 1080p.

It depends how unstable. Your viewing quality is similar to watching something on Youtube. So if that is a pleasant enough experience, then yes you can join this retreat. But for Dharma Sharing others might find it difficult to hear you. If your video is laggy you can call in on your cell phone and keep your video on.

Yes, when you subscribe you will receive an email with instructions and telephone numbers to join us via Zoom. You will only be able to follow the live sessions; it is not possible to join Dharma Sharing sessions by dialing in with a phone. We ask that everyone who participates in Dharma Sharing turn on their camera.

Yes you can join only via audio, you do not have to start your camera, you can also choose only to watch via our platform. Only when you join the Dharma Sharing session, everybody is asked to start their camera to create a safe environment.

All the recordings will be available afterwards on our platform, for you to access for six months. You will not be able to download them.

The groups will be assigned by the monastics, based on our experience of creating diverse yet balanced groups. It is not possible to assign you to a chosen facilitator or to be in a group with friends. In this retreat we will also have groups for LGBTIA+ and BIPOC identified persons.

Your contribution will go towards food, lodging, and healthcare for our community of 700 monastics in ten mindfulness practice centers worldwide. It will also enable us to invest in technical infrastructure in terms of internet, cameras, and equipment, so we can offer more teachings live online, with direct contact between monastics and practitioners. Without your support, we would be unable to sustain our community or offer the Dharma online.

We can offer a full refund within 30 days of your payment.

We do not want the financial aspect to keep you from participating. If you want to attend an online retreat and your budget does not allow for it at this moment, please contact us here to apply for a further reduction.


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  1. Victor Elias says:

    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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