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. 

While Magnolia Grove has received tremendous support in recent years to support its continuation and growth—including building the new Rising Tide Meditation Hall in one year to accommodate over 1,000 retreatants—there is still more to be done to support our monastic brothers and sisters who generously give their time and energy to help us practice.

Today, more than 30 monks and nuns reside at Magnolia Grove. Next year, the number of monks and nuns in residence at Magnolia Grove is expected to double. As a result, living space has become greatly limited for our monastic brothers and sisters. The brothers at Magnolia Grove are currently living in the women’s guest dorms (during retreat times), and sometimes 25 brothers live in only four rooms.

Magnolia Grove hopes to break ground on the construction of a new dormitory to serve as living quarters for up to 30 monastic brothers. To build this dormitory for our brothers, we need to raise $385,000. This new dormitory will not only provide more spacious living quarters for our brothers; it will also free up space in existing dormitories to accommodate the growing number of visitors that Magnolia Grove receives every year.

We ask you to help us continue the vision by making a donation today to support construction of a new dormitory for our brothers. 

Magnolia Grove Construction Work
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