Heart of the Valley


Click here to see pictures from the mindfulness retreat, “Opening the Heart of True Love,” co-sponsored by Heart of the Valley Mindfulness Practice Center, which was held February 13-16, 2015 at Wonderwell Reatreat Center, Springfield, NH

The Heart of the Valley Mindfulness Practice Center meets in the fellowship hall of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 75 Beaver Meadow Rd., Norwich, Vermont.  Practicing in the supportive environment of mindful community we enjoy the collective energy of mindful sitting, walking, eating, dialogue and study every Tuesday morning from 9:00-11:30 (click on “Tuesday Practice” above for practice schedule and description of our mindfulness practices).  During the winter months the Wednesday practice group will not be meeting.  In the spring, we will resume sitting the first and third Wednesday of the month, starting at 5:30 PM.  The Tuesday Mindfulness Practice group will continue meeting through the winter months.

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the practice of touching life deeply in every moment. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present, and at one with all that is within and around us. With the support of the practice community, we can cultivate peace and joy, as a gift for ourselves, for all beings, and for the Earth.

Our MPC was established in 1997, at a time when westerners were seeking an understanding of mindfulness and a non-religious setting in which to practice.  When we practice together, our mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady.

We practice in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Our MPC is non-hierarchical and consensus-based in its planning and decision-making.   We believe that each of us has insights to offer to others, and at our weekly sessions we have the opportunity to share from our hearts.


Directions to Heart of the Valley Mindfulness Practice Center, located in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 75 Beaver Meadow Road, Norwich, VT. – From I-91, take exit 13. Head west toward Norwich ½ mile onto Main St. –  Beaver Meadow Rd. is the first left past Dan and Whit’s Store and the Norwich Inn. After turning left onto Beaver Meadow Rd., go approx. ¼ mile. Church is on the right.


For updates on Thich Nhat Hanh’s health condition and practices to support his recovery, please go to the Plum Village website, http://plumvillage.org and to the Heart of the Valley Mindfulness Practice Center Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/heartofthevalleympc