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.



Our community is commemorating the life and legacy of our beloved teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, who passed away on 22nd January 2022. Join us for the final ceremonies of remembrance, gratitude, and tribute.

“A Cloud Never Dies” biographical documentary of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh narrated by Peter Coyote.

COVID-19 Safety measures:

To protect the community and for your own safety and peace of mind, we are taking the following measures for those who come to the monastery. All retreatants must be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot, if due, at least 2 weeks before arrival.

Personal Retreat

Join the community of monastics and lay practitioners in following the daily rhythm and practice schedule of the monastery for a weekend, weeklong or longer stay.  

Featured Retreat

Discover the Creative You | Mindfulness and Creativity in Community (June 08-12)

How do we deal with the intense grief and suffering we feel when we lose someone we love? How can we navigate the storms following separation or the death of a loved one?

Day of Mindfulness on Sundays

The day can help support you in your practice of mindfulness, taking an entire day to come back home to the present moment and learn to take care of ourselves. 

Practice with us Online

You are invited to join us on Zoom for our  Online Mindfulness Practice Session on Thursdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm Central Time with Magnolia Grove Monastics.


Sharings from the Monastery

Commemorate Thầy’s 100th day of passing

Dear beloved friends, We warmly invite you to join us as we commemorate Thầy, our beloved Teacher, 100th of passing ...
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Vesak – Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday | May 13-15

“We know that a Buddha lives inside of each of us. It’s not the man who lived a long time ...
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Call for volunteers

Dear Friends, Magnolia Grove Monastery is overjoyed to be able to host a number of themed retreats this year and ...
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Photos | A Buddha Comes Home – Celebrating the Life of Thich Nhat Hanh at Magnolia Grove Monastery | by Jerome Cabeen

I am a professional photographer and have been blessed to travel the world doing what I love to do most, ...
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Past Events

March 2022

Inviting Thay’s relics and Spreading Thay’s ashes

March 20 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Magnolia Grove Monastery, 123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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Dear beloved friends, We warmly invite you to join us for a special Day of Mindfulness as we come together to invite our beloved teacher's relics and ashes. We will have a walking meditation procession to invite Thay's relics to Being Time hut (Thay's hut) and spread Thay's ashes to the Beloved Community Garden and the monastics' residences. Below is the schedule of the day (subject to change): 7:30am - Inviting Thay's relics and Spreading Thay's ashes 11:00am - Sharing…

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April 2022

Deepening Our Roots (Retreat for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC))

April 6 @ 3:00 pm - April 10 @ 3:00 pm
Magnolia Grove Monastery, 123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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Please note we can accommodate 50 fully vaccinated BIPOC friends, including a booster shot, if due, at least 2 weeks before arrival for this residential retreat. The monastery will not be open for any other unrelated individual and/or group retreats during this time. Live streaming may be considered, depending on the pandemic situation. Magnolia Grove Monastery is hosting its inaugural BIPOC residential retreat as an expression of its commitment to creating a safer, nourishing, affinity space for members of our…

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May 2022

Commemorate Thầy’s 100th Day of Passing

May 1 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Magnolia Grove Monastery, 123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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Dear beloved friends, We warmly invite you to join us as we commemorate Thay, our beloved Teacher, 100th of passing. Schedule of the day: 8:30am - Walking meditation 9:45am - Dharma talk 11:30am - Ceremony to commemorate our Teacher's 100th day of passing 12:45pm - Lunch * Special message: We now feel safe welcoming fully vaccinated friends with booster shot, if due to visit us in person. Please kindly register for the day and show us proof of vaccination upon…

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How To Live When A Loved One Dies:

May 4 @ 3:00 pm - May 8 @ 3:00 pm
Magnolia Grove Monastery, 123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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A retreat on transforming grief and loss How do we deal with the intense grief and suffering we feel when we lose someone we love? How can we navigate the storms following separation or the death of a loved one? The pain that comes with loss is a natural and deeply human experience. In times of grief, we are often overwhelmed by feelings of despair. How can we find the way to touch peace and happiness again?  In this five-day…

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Vesak | Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday

May 15 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Magnolia Grove Monastery, 123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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“We know that a Buddha lives inside of each of us. It’s not the man who lived a long time ago, of course, but the nature of that man.” Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh One of the most profound teachings given by the Buddha is his gentle reminder that we all have Buddha nature inside of us, a Buddha within waiting to manifest when conditions are sufficient. Is there a moment in your daily life when you pause, smile and…

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A special coverage on Magnolia Grove Monastery
from Mississippi Public Broadcasting

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