Magnolia Grove Monastery

Magnolia Grove Monastery is a residential monastery and mindfulness practice center in the tradition of Plum Village, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2005 in Batesville, Mississippi. Today, more than thirty monastic disciples of Thich Nhat Hanh are in residence.

Ten years ago, Magnolia Grove was little more than 120 acres purchased by a group of committed individuals and families. With hard work, dedication, and coordinated effort, our community created a large meditation hall with an adjoining commercial kitchen to feed participants, and built by hand a guesthouse to host 120 laypeople.

Magnolia Grove Monastery is a place to practice meditation and mindfulness. It is where every breath we take reminds us of the wonders of life. A place to sit and relax. A place to walk and kiss the earth beneath our feet. It is a place to rest under a willow tree on an island in a lotus pond. A place to eat together and savor every bite. A place to listen deeply to the sounds of life and the sound of our hearts. A place to work together to build a community of love and understanding.

Magnolia Grove is a place where we can stop running and discover peace with every step we take. A place to remind each one of us that the present moment is a wonderful moment.

Visit Magnolia Grove to register for retreats and learn more about the monastery.


Magnolia Grove Monastery's Capital Campaign

Help us build a home for 30 monastic brothers

Since 2005, Magnolia Grove Monastery has been a mindfulness practice center in the Plum Village tradition under Thich Nhat Hanh in Batesville, Mississippi. What began as a vision by a group of committed individuals and families for a practice center in the south has now manifested into a beautiful refuge thanks to the hard work, support, love, and generosity of those individuals and the local community. 

Magnolia Grove Monastery had one major construction project this year, the building of a dormitory to house the growing number of monastic brothers. To keep costs down, the brothers did much of the labor themselves.

Thanks to generous friends like you, we have raised the necessary funds for this project. However, the monastic community does need funding for additional repairs and upgrades to the general facilities at the practice center.

To support the upkeep of the facilities at Magnolia Grove, please consider making a sustaining monthly gift of any amount that is comfortable for you.

Magnolia Grove Construction Work
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