New Hamlet - Calling for help in Summer Retreat 2017
Dear Friends,

We are all the leaves of one tree,
The time has come for all to live as one…

We would like to invite you to practice with us in the Summer Retreat, Saturday 8 July – Saturday 5 August 2017 (4 weeks) and helping us in the retreat.

Friends, who can help, are asked to arrive on 30 June and leave on 7 August to help preparing and cleaning up (5 weeks in totality).

You can help us in many different areas, most of which involve physical work. Work is done in small groups of “families” comprised of retreatants, monastic, and experienced lay practitioners. You will help to guide work in a family group such as pot washing, cleaning, sanitizing, or cleaning toilets, etc. You might be leading the family alone or working alongside a sister or another friend to coordinate the work.

If you agree to help, you will be asked to follow the retreat schedule. The day approximately begins at 05:00 hrs. and ends at 21:00 hrs. Depending on what need to be done, parts of the morning, afternoon and evening activities of the retreat may have to be missed.

Helping in the Summer Retreat is often a very rewarding and fulfilling experience when we are able to do things together in joy and harmony. Here are some of the qualities we are looking for in people:

• Ability to speak English, and or French (other languages will be a bonus)
• Being in good physical and mental health
• Ability to listen deeply to others and be open to others’ ideas
• Being mindful and keeping our calm even in difficult situations
• Working well on a team
• Capable of guiding a group in its work
• Responsible, diligent and thorough in your work
• Creative and energetic
• For first-aid team we are also looking for people with first aid experience or medical background

This invitation is extended to female experienced practitioners in the Plum Village Tradition only. Please submit an application only if you have been to at least one retreat in Plum Village, France or any other Plum Village Center around the world.

• All summer retreat volunteers are required to camp in a tent.
• Please make a reservation online via as soon as possible for the period according to the above requirement.
• For the Dutch/German Program, please write to

If you are interested to join us please fill out the form below. Be patient with us as it may take us a few weeks to get back to you.

For more information or other inquiries, please write to


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