BEGIN

Why begin mindfulness?

Mindfulness can help us to wake up to our life in a steady, joyful and relaxed way. In the
Plum Village tradition, we use mindfulness in every area of life, to help us see the deep
connectedness and reality of life. For us, mindfulness is a way of life built on ethical living,
community support and wholehearted practice.

How to begin?

We can begin right now, by allowing ourselves to let go of our preoccupations and to
appreciate this present moment and all its wonders. Although this sounds simple, it is not
always easy. Our mind is used to being busy, daydreaming and running to the future and the
past. So being patient with ourselves and finding support that works for us is essential. In
this way we can begin to settle our mind more and experience increased calm and
happiness. Please find below some ways you can begin your journey either together with us
or at home in your own time.

Together

Take part in our introductory course “Be Calm, Be Happy” online and in person

Join a practice group (aka sangha) near you
or online

Enjoy our morning meditation sessions
online Monday to Friday

at Home

Read one of key books written by our
founder Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditate with simple recordings from the
free Plum Village App

Watch some short videos on the key
aspects of the Plum Village tradition

Begin

Get a grounding in mindfulness with our introductory courses and retreats

Practise

Integrate mindfulness into your life with the help of a supportive community

Deepen

Join us for one of our retreats