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.


Personal Retreat

Starting on December 17, 2021 fully vaccinated friends are invited to 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.  

Due to insufficient causes and conditions, the monastery will not be hosting our Formal Annual Holiday Family Retreat.

Monastery is now open for Day of Mindfulness on Sundays

The monastics at Magnolia Grove Monastery are happy to share with you the monastery welcome fully vaccinated friends with proof of vaccination, to join us for the Day of Mindfulness on Sundays.

Practice with us Online

You are invited to join us on Zoom for our  Online Mindfulness Practice Session on Thursdays with Magnolia Grove Monastics. Different monastics will facilitate the practice session. Format will vary each time.


Sharings from the Monastery

2022 Retreat Calendar

Dear Beloved Friends, We are happy to share with you starting on December 17, 2021 fully vaccinated friends are invited ...
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Oct. 25, 2021: The Monastery is Open to Visitors

Dear Friends, Starting on October 31st - November 21st, the monastery welcome fully vaccinated friends to join us for the ...
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RACE: A Dharma Door

ARISE SANGHA WEBSITE A special invitation from the ARISE Sangha: Join us in this virtual six-month training to learn skillful ...
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I know you are there and I'm very happy

Photos: The Art of Communicating Retreat

After more than one year not hosting retreat, the monastics at Magnolia Grove Monastery were happy to welcome friends from ...
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Past Events

May 2021

Buddha’s Birthday Celebration (Vesak)

May 23 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Magnolia Grove Monastery, 123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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Dear Beloved Friends, After more than one year closing to the public, we are happy to inform you the monastery will be open to welcome fully vaccinated friends come to celebrate the Buddha's birthday on May 23. “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…

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WAKE UP EARTH – An online retreat for young people

May 26 - May 30
Deer Park, Magnolia Grove, and Blue Cliff Monasteries, 2499 Melru Lane
Escondido, CA 92026 United States

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…

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July 2021

The Art of Communicating – Summer Retreat for families and individuals

July 21 @ 5:00 pm - July 25 @ 2:00 pm
Magnolia Grove Monastery, 123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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THE ART OF COMMUNICATING How to cultivate deep listening, compassionate speech, and true presence July 21-25, 2021 (Special note on July 16, 2021: The registration for the retreat is now closed. For those who wish to attend, but couldn't do so due to insufficient conditions, we hope you will join our future retreats. May your mindful breathing and peaceful steps bring you home to the present moment.)   “Once you can communicate with yourself, you'll be able to communicate outwardly…

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