If you are in the Southeast United States, there are retreat opportunities at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi. Worldwide, check the Plum Village website.

Our Past Retreats

The Journey to the Heart of Understanding: Finding Room for Everybody at the Table

December 9-11, 2016 at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC.


This retreat will focus on how we can deepen our understanding of the dharma and become more inclusive and loving.

We welcome everyone no matter where you are on your path. If you are new to Buddhist practice or experienced, we will all gather with beginner’s mind and support each other. To learn more, review our Core Practices page.

Last year, we had a wonderful family retreat including children (photos). This year, we return to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC, but will not be including children.

The cost of the retreat is $275. We will be offering limited scholarships based upon needs expressed on the registration form. We also ask those paying online to pay the $8.52 credit card processing fee.

Arrival Information for attendees – Preliminary Schedule – Registration is closed – PDF Flyer

Our Teachers

Kaira Jewel Lingo – Teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on children, families, and young people. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher, leading retreats in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa, and offering mindfulness programs in schools. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, bringing mindfulness to education. In spring of 2015-16, she was a spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College, an ecological college, in the U.K. In addition to her Zen tradition, she is also a certified Yoga teacher and an Interplay leader.

Al Lingo – A lay Dharma Teacher in the Buddhist tradition of Plum Village and a Protestant Minister, represents the Breathing Heart Sangha in Decatur, Georgia.  He has presented retreats for mindfulness practice combined with the psychosynthesis program, “Unconditional Love and Forgiveness” in the United States, Europe and India during the 1990’s and into the first years of the twenty-first century.  In the 1960’s he joined Martin Luther King Jr. as field staff in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference civil rights campaigns in Florida and Alabama.  In the 1970’s and 1980’s he served as a faculty member of the Ecumenical Institute and the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Chicago, Bombay, Manila, and Nairobi.