Offered by the Community of Interbeing UK is one of a series of  residential ‘in-depth retreats.



  • We will look at such questions as:-
  • What is a ‘healthy’ intimacy?
  • How do we practise a loving relationship with ourselves?
  • How can we practise to build strong and stable relationships with others?
  • How do we take care of unhelpful emotions such as jealousy, restlessness, and loneliness?

We will have opportunity, supported by the peaceful, spacious environment at Emerson, to strengthen our mindfulness, concentration and insight throughout our time together and to increase our experience in enjoying wonderful Plum village practices such as Flower-Watering and Mindful Communication etc. and in working with the Plum Village mantras.

Our intention is to help practitioners deepen their understanding and practice of the Plum Village mindfulness tradition and the teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Putting the teachings into practice can lead to transformation and healing in our daily lives and relationships. The retreat will be led by UK Dharma Teachers Vari McLuskie and Teri West and is especially suitable for those with an established understanding of mindfulness and a regular practice.  Beginners, however, are welcome.

Content will include:-

  • Dharma talks from UK Dharma Teachers;
  • A variety of Plum Village mindfulness practices that can build our ability to be calm, compassionate and loving to ourselves and others.
  • The Opportunity to learn from others through dharma sharing/exploration;
  • An opportunity to receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission.

If you are able to and would like to prepare for this retreat then please do read one or both of the following relevant books beforehand if you have time – both by Thich Nhat Hanh

  •  Teachings on Love
  •  How to Love

This is one of a series of in-depth retreats where the teachings are applied to a variety of different every day experiences. It is very beneficial if you can attend these as a series as it will greatly support your practice.


I arrived home on my first Plum Village mindfulness retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh in 1990, Life became brighter, calmer, more enjoyable and understandable. I began to recognise how, supported by my sangha, I could cultivate peace, love and understanding in myself every day. It was clear that developing these qualities in myself also truly benefitted others.

I put practice and sangha at the centre of my life. Bit by bit; building my practice, accepting my shortcomings, encouraging myself through the difficulties – perceived and otherwise.

Through difficult times in my life I have practiced ‘no mud no lotus’ – through the premature death of a beloved friend, through the sudden deaths of my parents, through the challenges of parenthood, through work and health challenges.

With the support of sangha I feel blessed to have been able to heal and transform and to offer support to others. I became an order member in 1995 and was ordained as a dharma teacher in 2012.


Teri has been a student of Thay’s since 1988 and is a member of the North Devon Sangha.  She is a storyteller, singer, musician, part-time poet and sometime clown.  Teri was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2000, receiving the dharma name ‘True Door of Virtue’ (chan duc mon) and the Lamp Transmission as a dharma teacher in 2015. 




For booking details, please click <HERE>

Date(s) - 11/07/2018 - 15/07/2018
12:00 am

Emerson College


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