Peace is the Breathing, Joy is the Walking

Annual Spring Opening Retreat, Sept. 21 – 26, 2018

offered by The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village from Nhap Luu Monastery,
and Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, Hong Kong. 

Our Beloved Sister Chân Không will also be there with us at the retreat.


Registration available online only, from June 1, 2018, at our retreat registration website


2018 SpringOpeningPoster

Walking Meditation at Nhap Luu Monastery

May 1, 2018

Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to visit Thien Vien Nhap Luu – Stream Entering Meditation Centre in Beaufort Victoria, to attend the annual  Spring Opening Retreat. The retreat will be held in September, from the 21st to the 26th, with the monks and nuns of Plum Village from Nhap Luu Monastery, and Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, Hong Kong. The venue is the nearby Cave Hill Creek Resort, 20 km away from Nhap Luu. There will be a visit to Nhap Luu on Sept 23rd.

Prior to 2014, there were long-weekend retreats held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide every April and Sept/October. The Annual Spring Opening at Nhap Luu replaces the weekend retreats of September/October, so practitioners from all over Australia will be able to come to the home centre of Plum Village Australia to practise together, to enjoy each others' presence, and to build and strengthen Sangha.

The Plum Village tradition of practice is designed to help us weave mindfulness into all of our daily activities. In this way we can practise meditation throughout the day while eating, walking, working, sitting in meditation, or even enjoying a cup of tea together. All participants are invited to help in communal activities such as arranging the meditation halls, preparing meals, cleaning bathrooms, emptying garbage, watering plants, washing pots, cleaning the kitchen, and other tasks, as part of the daily practice of mindfulness. Since the teachings emphasize the benefit of practising with the Sangha in order to enjoy its collective energy, it is important for all retreatants to fully participate in scheduled activities. Participants are requested to refrain from smoking, drinking and sexual activity during their stay as a concrete expression of their practice of mindfulness. There will, as well, be an opportunity to receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings, which are a template for happiness and meaning in life, and the foundation of our being together as a Sangha.

Lectures will be in mainly in English and sometimes in Vietnamese. Simultaneous translations are provided. Dharma discussion groups in one’s native language will also be arranged.

Children’s and teens’ programs

A family program is available which includes a children’s program for 6–12 year olds, and a teens’ program for 13–16 year olds. A group of staff will help coordinate activities together with the parents and other interested adults. Children under 6 are completely the responsibility of their parents. In some past retreats, some parents found they could coordinate childcare amongst themselves in order to rotate being able to participate in the adults' activities.

Regarding clothing at Plum Village - while it is fine to wear more casual clothes outside the meditation hall, please wear sleeved shirts, long pants or calf-length skirts inside the meditation hall.

We hope you will come and share in a joyous celebration of life in the beautiful peaceful environment at Cave Hill Creek, and with your fellow practitioners. We look forward to seeing you and to making steps of peace and joy with you there and at Nhap Luu itself, this Spring!

The Nhap Luu Spring Opening Registration Team.

Please see the Tentative Retreat Schedule and registration details on the following pages.


Tentative Schedule - 
"Peace is the Breathing " - Spring Opening Retreat Sept 21st - 26th, 2018 

  Sept. 21 – Friday Sept. 22  –Saturday Sept. 23 - Sunday Sept. 24- Monday Sept. 25 - Tuesday Sept. 26 - Wed.
5:15   Wake-Up Wake-Up Wake-Up Wake-Up Wake-Up
6:00   Sitting & Chanting Sitting & Chanting Sitting & Chanting

       14 MT


7:00   10 Mindful Movement 10 Mindful Movement 10 Mindful Movement
7:30   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast 8:00 Breakfast 8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Dharma talk

 8:30  Go to Nhap Luu

9:30  Walking Meditation

10:30 Dharma talk

Dharma talk Q & A
Dharma talk
11:30 Walking Meditation Walking Meditation Walking Meditation
12:30   Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:45 – 14:30  Registration & Check-In Total Relaxation Total Relaxation Total Relaxation /Touching The Earth Total Relaxation Farewell
15:00 Dharma Discussion 16:30 Go back to
Cave Hill Creek
Dharma Discussion Dharma Discussion
16:45 Sport / Stick Exercise Sport / Stick Exercise Sport / Stick Exercise
18:00   Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Orientation 5 MT Presentation Lazy Night Beginning Anew Presentation Be-in - Performance  
21:30   Bedtime – Light Out  
  Noble Silence Practice until after breakfast




How to register

Registration is available online at our registration website >> 

Spaces are limited and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please see accommodation options, retreat fees and payment terms below. If payment is not made on time, your place may be released for someone already on the waiting list, and your own name will then go onto that waiting list. If you are having difficulties, please communicate with us as below.

HOUSING CODES CONTRIBUTIONS*(Amount listed is per person and includes tuition, room, and meals) 17yrs. & older 13yrs. - 16yrs old 2yrs. - 12yrs old
Dormitory/Eco-Tent (only pillow is provided, linen can be rented for an additional $12/week. Pay directly to the resort) $540 $460 $410


Bring your own tent, pillow, and linens $450 $390 $350

*Camping options are available once we have filled 85 Dorm/Eco tent beds. Please register your interest early, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

* Some concessions are available to full-time tertiary students or those in real need. Please make your inquiry to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Payment: Please pay the full amount within two weeks of registration. If full payment is not made within the two-week period, your name will be put on the waiting list, and you risk losing your place, as mentioned above. Details of how to pay are included in the confirmation e-mail you receive when you register. Please follow the instructions given there. Cancellations made before August 1st, will attract a 20% cancellation fee. No refunds at all are available for cancellations received after August 1st 2018.

We encourage practitioners to take part in the full retreat. Partial bookings may possibly be made available on written request ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and if there are places still free, at the end of the registration period.

Note: As in past retreats, a shuttle bus service will run to and from the airport for those arriving from interstate or overseas. All the details will come to you closer to retreat time, as long as you book the shuttle bus option when you register. When booking flights, please make sure that you arrive at Melbourne Airport no later than 11.00 am on the 21st, and that your home flight takes off no earlier than 6.00 pm on the last day of the retreat, the 26th of September."

You may click on the website >> to begin registering.

We hope that most questions are answered here, or as you go along within the registration process itself. If you have queries that are not answered this way, however, please contact us, the Spring Opening Retreat Registration Team, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .