Magnolia Grove Monastery was established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to share the practice of mindful living.

This 120-acre residential monastery and mindfulness practice center  rests peacefully in Northwest Mississippi. It is a place to rest with the present moment and to live peacefully with the faithful friend, our breathing.


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Holiday Retreat for families and individuals

December 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Join us to experience joy as a spiritual family.  Each one of us takes part in creating the garden of humanity.  Creating joy sometimes eludes us though.  The emphasis of this retreat will be to enhance your practice of planting seeds of joy in yourself and others. We will use the practices of mindfulness to touch the joy of life in the midst of the mundane. The retreat includes daily teachings on mindfulness and sessions of walking meditation, sitting meditation…

Lunar New Year Celebration (Tết)

February 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - February 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am

You are welcome to join the Magnolia Grove Monastery community for our celebrations of the Lunar New Year, or “Tết” – the most important festival in Vietnamese culture.   This is one of the more unusual and joyous weeks in the Magnolia Grove calendar, centered around informal teachings based on traditional Vietnamese poetic “oracle reading”.   Please note that our formal practices of sitting meditation, walking meditation and silent meals are suspended, and replaced with informal practice. Therefore this week…

Cooking Retreat

March 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

“Nothing can survive without food.”                                       - Buddha But, how do we eat to nourish our body and mind in a beautiful and wholesome way? This is an essential question. Most of time we usually think that vegetarian dishes are simple and tasteless. But in fact, they are colorful and tasty. This cooking retreat will allow you to learn how to cook like the monastics. You will not only learn how to cook,…

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