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August 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - August 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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“Love and Be Loved” Retreat Magnolia Grove Monastery

August 7, 2019 – August 11, 2019

Join the monastic community founded by Thich Nhat Hanh as they host retreats in Mississippi and New York continuing the legacy of the beloved Zen Master. Join us for retreats and days of mindfulness, and learn how you can bring the miracle of mindfulness into your daily life.  

We invite you to join us for this special retreat experience as we will look closely at teachings and practices of mindfulness that can bring joy and harmony into our lives. “Joy and Harmony” is our theme for this US Mini Tour guided by the Monastic Disciples of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in the Plum Village tradition. Monastics will gather for this retreat from Blue Cliff Monastery in New York, Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi, Deer Park Monastery in California, Plum Village in France, and the European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB) in Germany.

The Buddha said that to have peace we must look deeply into the causes and conditions that produce peace.  He taught that we should find the “seeds” of peace in ourselves and in others.  And when we find those seeds we should water and nurture them to produce the beautiful flower of peace.

During this retreat we will look deeply into the causes and conditions that produce peace.  We will learn the principles and practices that transform our consciousness toward peace.  And with those same principles and practices, we can begin to bring peace to our community and the world.

“Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World”.  Peace, serenity and freedom are ours, in this moment.  Come and join us for this beautiful event.

The Brothers and Sisters would like to invite all of you to return to the world of peaceful present moment.


We welcome families, couples and individuals of all ages to join us during this joyful time of living mindfully together.  The “Joy and Harmony” retreat is a time to be nourished by deep yet accessible teachings, the harmony and splendor of the fall countryside and the joy of community.  We will use the practices of mindfulness to touch the miracles of life in the midst of the mundane. The retreat includes daily teachings and practices on mindfulness, walking meditation, sitting meditation and eating meditation. We will also have the chance to strengthen our capacities for deep listening and loving speech through the practices of Deep Relaxation, Touching of the Earth, Beginning Anew, and Dharma Sharing.

The Magnolia Grove Monks and Nuns will offer programs for all ages including, children (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 13-17).  The retreat is open to all, including beginners, those who have previously attended retreats, and families with children. The first part of the Dharma talks is normally dedicated to children. Parents are welcome to participate/volunteer to help out in the children’s program if they would like.

This is an opportunity to come together as a spiritual family and cultivate togetherness.  Also, to refresh our relationships with not only our families, but also our relationship with Mother Earth and our ancestors.  It is a wonderful retreat for those new to mindfulness practice in the Plum Village tradition, as well as for anyone interested in mindful community life. We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds. We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may touch the Dharma and find healing, transformation and nourishment.




We would like to offer arrival and departure shuttle service to and from the Memphis Airport.   If you were to take a taxi from the airport to the monastery, it would cost about $150 one-way for a taxi and $60 each way for Uber or Lyft.  It is our deepest hope to help our friends traveling from afar to reduce the expenses of their trip to the monastery as much as possible.

Therefore, we have arranged transportation to/from the Memphis Airport on Wednesday the 7th and Sunday the 11th of August.  We kindly ask for your support by contributing $30.00 each way for the shuttle service. You will be able to make the shuttle contribution on-line during the registration process. Or add the roundtrip fee of $60.00 to your mailed-in check.

During the registration process please let us know under Additional Information (Notes) if shuttle service is needed to/from Memphis International Airport.

If you have notice of any changes in your reservation prior to arrival day, please email us at office@magnoliagrovemonastery.org

ON ARRIVAL DAY: The shuttle will leave promptly at the stated time. 

  • If your flight has been delayed please notify us, so we can make the proper arrangements Please send a text to 662-578-2077 or 615-268-4423, stating your full name, airline, reservation number, and new arrival time.  You will get more info later.
  • If you arrive earlier than the reported time to shuttle to Magnolia Grove Monastery, please stay near the designated gathering area so you do not miss your ride! 
  • We cannot guarantee the next shuttle will have enough space, so in order to avoid a long wait after a full day of travel, please help us help you!

When purchasing your airplane ticket, when possible, please choose your arrival time to the Memphis airport between 11:00am-4:00pm and the departure time between 2:00pm-6:00pm. 



If you are planning to stay in a hotel during your stay, please register as a Commuter and make reservations at one of the hotels below. They are a 15-20 minute drive from Magnolia Grove.

The Batesville offers most of the standard chain hotels.  If you feel you need reservations before we post the rates we worked out, you might just call and ask them for the “Magnolia Grove Monastery Rate.” Please click on the link below for pricing:

  • Days Inn
  • Quality Inn
  • Holiday Inn
  • Comfort Suites: Please Call and ask for the Magnolia Grove Rate ($60) – PH: (662) 561-1131 – Address: 441 Covenant Drive, Batesville, MS 38606


Pricing: Includes (food, room, and retreat)Dormitory

    • Adult – $480 |
    • Teen (13-17) –$320 |
    • Child (6-12) – $280 | 
    • Student (18-25)$384|
    • Seniors (66+) – $384


    • Adult –$520 |
    • Teen (13-17) –$365 |
    • Child (6-12) – $260
    • Student (18-26)$416|
    • Seniors (66+) – $416

Tent/ Camper Van/ RV – (Please include an additional $30 Utility Fee for each Camper Van and RV)

    • Adult – $360 |
    • Teen(13-17) – $240 |
    • Child (6-12) –$200
    • Student (18-26)$280|
    • Seniors (66+) –$280


    • Adult –$320 |
    • Teen(13-17) –$200  |
    • Child (6-12) – $160 | 
    • Student (18-26/Seniors (66+) – $225

Please select from the options below:

To register for the Retreat:

  • Reserve one space per person.
  • Guests must provide their own tents, camper vans or RVs.
  • Please note that cabins are booked on a first come first serve basis and reserved with a confirmed (paid) registration.
  • Cabins host 4 places, however families or groups of friends have the option to book up to 6 persons per cabin.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Cabins Do Not Have Toilets Ensuite. Toilets are located within a range 50 to 300 feet at a nearby toilet block.
  • If your needs require a private space, please consider tenting or commuting from a nearby hotel see details above.

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August 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
August 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Magnolia Grove Monastery
123 Towles Rd.
Batesville, MS 38606 United States
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(662) 267-6437
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