Some of the Upcoming Wake Up Schools Event (April-August 2015)

April 24-28, 2105 at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB) in Waldbröl, Germany


Family retreat only for Dutch-speaking families with children between 0 and 12 years oldCourse with Marjolijn van Leeuwen, Tineke Spruytenburg and others

How can we water the flowers in ourselves and our family mem- bers? How can we listen mindfully and get to know each other better? How can we practice together in a playful way? How can we satisfy the many different needs within the family? How can we organise a family to be like a genuine Sangha?

The EIAB is very happy to once again be able to offer a Dutch fa- mily retreat. Families will practise with a theme or task and alter- nate between their own families and separate groups of children and adults or all families together.

Every morning there will be an opportunity to enjoy meditation with the nuns and monks.

Some previous experience with the practice of Plum Village / EIAB is desirable.

For more information, please go to the EIAB webpage dedicated to this retreat:


April 26- Jun 11, 2015 (and one week at Plum Village from July 24-31, 2015) and July 1-15, 2015 at Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación (ICE), Universidad de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain

Os escribimos con mucho cariño para informaros del NUEVO programa de formación Escuelas Despiertas (nivel 2), y del programa INTENSIVO de julio Escuelas Despiertas (nivel 1).

1) NUEVO Escuelas Despiertas (nivel 2)

Para todos aquellos que ya habéis nutrido vuestra plena consciencia a través del programa de nivel 1 de Escuelas Despiertas ya tenemos preparado el nivel 2. De esta manera podéis dar un pasito más irradiando vuestra presencia como educadores, compartiendo estrategias y recursos didácticos con los niños y adolescentes, y cultivando comunidades despiertas en el ámbito escolar. El programa comienza este próximo domingo 26 de abril en Barcelona. Podéis acceder al programa completo e inscripción aquí:

2) INTENSIVO Escuelas Despiertas (nivel 1)

Para todos aquellos que deseáis realizar el programa Escuelas Despiertas (nivel 1) y que vivís lejos de Cataluña ahora tenéis una oportunidad excelente de pasar dos semanas en Barcelona del 1 al 15 de julio experimentando el séptimo curso del programa Escuelas Despiertas (nivel 1)que se realiza en el ICE de la Universidad de Barcelona. La inscripción se abrirá a principios de mayo. Podéis acceder al programa completo aquí:

Si tenéis pensado inscribiros en este curso y necesitáis alojamiento podéis poneros en contacto a través de:

Para seguir nuestras próximas publicaciones y noticias podéis consultar:

Facebook: Escuelas Despiertas



May 13-17, 2015 at St. Leven in Aandacht, Netherlands (in Dutch and English)

Samen met Tineke Spruytenburg en Claude Acker organiseert St. Leven in Aandacht in het Hemelvaartweekend een mindfulness retraite voor mensen in het onderwijs. Tineke en Claude zijn lid van de Orde van Interzijn, werkzaam in het onderwijs en hebben ervaring met mindfulness trainingen voor leerkrachten en kinderen. De retraite wordt mede begeleid door de Nederlandse broeder Phap Xa. Inschrijven voor dit weekend is nu mogelijk.

De titel ‘Happy teachers will change the world’ geeft aan wat mogelijk is als mindfulness wordt toegepast in scholen: een onderwijsomgeving waarin docent en student  zich steeds meer ‘happy’ voelen.
In deze retraite voor mensen in het onderwijs kun je ervaring opdoen op met verschillende vormen van mindfulness beoefening. Je krijgt tools aangereikt om bewust(er) om te gaan met leerlingen, studenten en collega’s, vanuit een toenemende innerlijke rust en ruimt

Voor wie: Iedereen die in het onderwijs werkzaam is, is welkom. Van universiteit en hogeschool, tot VMBO en speciaal basisonderwijs, van directeur tot onderwijsassistent.

Data en tijden:13 t/m 17 mei (Hemelvaartweekend). De retraite start 13 mei om 20.00 uur. Je kunt vanaf 18.00 uur aankomen (er is dan geen maaltijd). Einde is zondag om 16.00 uur.

Locatie: conferentiecentrum Bosoord, Hoofdweg 109, 7371 GE Loenen. Tevoren zal een routebeschrijving worden toegestuurd. Zie praktische info voor meer informatie over slapen, eten etc.

For more information, see:


June 26 – 28, 2015 at University of Colorado at Denver, United States

2015 Mindfulness in Education Conference
Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning

Eighth Annual Conference
University of Colorado at Denver, 1201 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80204

Registration link:


August 1 – 8, 2015 at Centro Avalokita, Castelli, Italy 

 Happy Teachers Will Change the World

 This course offers mindfulness practice to counteract the stress teachers and their students so often experience. Mindfulness promotes awareness of feelings and thoughts, alleviates personal suffering, fosters tolerance, and helps resolve conflict. Participants will learn new ways to take care of themselves, and by doing so, to take better care of their students. They will also learn effective methods to enhance focus, attention, and concentration inside and outside the classroom and learn relaxation practices that can be helpful to both them and their students.

Registration link


August 12 – 16, 2015 at Plum Village Mindfulness Academy, Ngong Ping, Lautau Island, Hong Kong

“Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World”

First Asia-Pacific Mindfulness Teachers Conference Retreat

Registration link:  www.



Are you thinking about bringing mindfulness into your classroom?  Here’s what a child wonders.  Haven’t we all wondered the same thing?

Documentary film about Wake Up Schools in India

From October 8-10, 2012 workshops on mindfulness were held with students at Vasant Valley School in New Delhi. These workshops were led by monastics and lay teachers in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and organized by Ahimsa Trust.  Just recently the documentary film about this project has been released. Enjoy and be nourished and inspired!

You can read about the project as well on our Research page.

Wake Up Schools in India from Mindful Videos on Vimeo.

Four Qualities of Happiness using Pebble Meditation

We will do our best to post every month a small piece of Thay’s recent Dharma talks that is relevant for educators as an inspiration and nourishment.

In March Thay gave a beautiful and juicy talk about the Pebble Meditation – a practice that is not only for children a precious jewel.  (13min)

Plumvillage brothers visit Dharma School

Three monastic brothers and a layfriend have IMG_1790visited the Dharma School in Brighton in april 2014. Please enjoy reading their letter about a rich and fruitful visit:

Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,

Brothers Phap Lai, Phap Luu and Phap Ly just finished a week visiting the Dharma Primary School in Brighton, U.K., which invited us to share the practices of the Wake Up Schools Initiative (Applied Ethics) with all of its students, teachers, staff and parents. It was a week of many miracles, and we see that there is enormous opportunity for the Plum Village Sangha to work with the school.

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Educator’s retreat in Barcelona

From the 9th to the 11th of May 2014 Thay and the Sangha led a retreat for educators in Barcelona, Spain. You can watch the talks here.


“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.” — Thich Nhat Hanh