In-depth Retreats

In-depth retreat programme

The Community of Interbeing is offering  a series of six retreats where the teachings are applied to a variety of different everyday experiences.

In-depth retreats are particularly suitable for those familiar with the Plum Village practice either by attending their local sangha, a retreat or the Be Calm: Be Happy introductory course.

All the retreats are led by two experience leaders, at least one of whom will be a UK Dharma Teacher.

They are based on one or more of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books. You are encouraged (but not required) to read the book in the weeks running up to the retreat.

Information and booking

To find out which retreats we are currently running

Recent participants at the In Depth retreat at Holland House

  Retreat 1
Main title:


Developing calm in a busy world

The power of silence in a world full of noise



Our hearts and minds are sometimes so full of noise that we can’t hear the call of life and love, or connect with the happiness that surrounds us. This retreat shows how to live mindfully so that the internal chatter is reduced and we are left with the eloquent sound of silence.
What this retreat covers ·         Stopping and calming
Main text



Being Peace

  Retreat 2
Main title:


Developing  and maintaining loving relationships



What does healthy intimacy look like?

How can we get a new relationship off to a strong and stable start?

How do we take care of our jealousy, restlessness, and loneliness?

What this retreat covers
  • Flower watering
  • Mindful communication
  • Plum Village Mantras
  • Am I sure?
Main text


‘Fidelity’ and ‘How to love’
Retreat 3
Main title:

Heal your inner child

Intention An opportunity to learn approaches to heal and transform childhood habits and ways of perceiving ourselves and others.
What this retreat covers
  • Conditions for happiness
  • Three ways to heal and transform our suffering
  • Guided meditation: ‘Seeing myself as a five-year old child’
Main text Reconciliation: Healing the inner child
Retreat 4
Main title:

Embracing and soothing our fears and anxieties

Intention Most of us live with some level of fear—of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. This retreat shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins and reduce their power. It guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity.

What this retreat covers
  • Diligence
Main text Fear: Essential wisdom for getting through the storm
Retreat 5
Main title:

How to savour life

Mindful consumption: how what we consume can either lead us to a more contented and calm life or give us a quick lift followed by an empty feeling
What this retreat covers
  • Four Nutriments
  • Mindful eating
  • Intention/Will/Volition
  • Consciousness
Main text Savour :  Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
Retreat 6
Main title:

Awakening Joy

Intention Joy:  Happiness with a bit of excitement.

Developing the skills of gratitude and appreciation to find happiness in everyday life.

What this retreat covers
  • Discourse on happiness
  • Love meditation
  • Conditions for happiness
  • Intention/volition
Main text Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices

Dealing with Difficulties – Transformation and Healing



  • Dates: Sunday 22 to Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Venue: Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge.

This new in-depth retreat is now booking. This five day retreat gives us the chance to take time out to identify skilful ways to deal with difficult situations and life conditions supported by the practice and sangha. UK Dharma Teachers Dene Donalds and Vari McLuskie will lead and teach on this retreat, sharing relevant teachings, practices and also examples from their experience to bring the teachings to life.

The retreat will draw on the teachings offered by Thich Nhat Hanh in his book Reconciliation  (healing the inner child) and Transformation and Healing (The Four Establishments of Mindfulness).

For more information and to book a place