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There are many ways to get involved in the Loving Work undertaken by our organization and retreat participants. Consider participating in our Loving Work Retreat, or our Joyfully Together Retreat – you can even join us for both! If a visit to Viet Nam does not fit into your near future plans, you might enjoy providing financial support assistance through one of our partner organizations. We also welcome donations to grow our Discretionary Relief Fund, provide support for our volunteer retreat leaders, and cover our modest operational costs that make this good work possible. 

If you would like to apply for a scholarship to join us on a retreat, please click here to learn more.


Thank you for your support!

Dates and registration costs for our 2019 retreats are presented below. The draft itinerary for each retreat can be found on our FAQ page.  Please contact Anne at  to request a registration form. *Two Scholarships are available, click here for details. 

Loving Work Retreat, 2019  (Viet Nam)

Participate in community building through service-oriented

work projects that support the health and wellbeing of

Vietnamese children and families.


  • All Accommodations

  • All Meals (Plant-Based)

  • All Tips (Exception: Coordinator)

  • All Ground Transportation

  • All Entrance Fees

  • Domestic Flight from Da Nang to Hanoi

  • Airport Pickup Service Upon Arrival at Airport in Hue City

  • Airport Transportation to Airport upon Departure in Hanoi



  • International Travel Costs

  • Cost of Travel/Medical Insurance (Required)

  • Domestic Flight Hanoi to Hue

  • Viet Nam Visa ($45 - $90, dependent on Type)

  • Additional Nights in Hotel (pre or post retreat)

  • Personal Shopping; Laundry; Mini-Bar

  • Dana for Practice Leaders

  • The USD 400 (or more) Required Donation

  • Clearing Empty Land Ajacent to Tam Binh Center, Hue

  • Gardening (Planting Flowers & Fruit Trees), Tam Binh Center

  • Constructing Bamboo Tea House, Tam Binh Center

  • Storytelling/Singing/Delivering Supplies to Rural Kindergartens

  • Assisting Individual Families in Quang Tri Province, Under the        auspices of Project RENEW

  • Work-Day with Peace Trees International, Quang Tri Province

  • Loving Work Service Projects: 2019

  • Dates:  Fri March 08 – Fri March 22, 2019

  • Cost of Retreat:

    • Twin Share – USD $1,650 per person

    • Single Accommodation – USD $2,150 per person


Begins in Hue – Ends in Hanoi

Thanks to the generosity of the Loving Work community, the LWF can provide 100% of the retreat fee to one accepted applicant for each of the two Spring 2018 retreats (the cost of International transportation is not included).

Click here for more information.



Togetherness Retreat, 2019*  (Thailand)

Begins in Hanoi – Ends in Hanoi or Hoi An

*Available ONLY for friends who attend either the Loving Work Retreat or the Homeland Retreat (or both).


We overnight in Hanoi, before flying together to Bangkok and driving three hours to the northeast. There, nestled in the foothills of the Thai countryside, is Plum Village Monastery and Practice Center, where we will spend six days practicing with the monks and nuns in the tradition of our teacher, Thay Thich Nhat Hanh.

Our retreat ends in Hanoi or Hoi An (depenedent on which of the other two retreats you join).

  • Dates:  Thursday March 21 – Saturday March 30, 2019

  • Cost of Retreat for those who attend the Loving Work Retreat:

    • USD $650 per person

  • Accommodations in Hanoi, as Selected for Loving Work Retreat

  • Dormitory (or Possible Twin-Share) – In Plum Village

  • Cost of Retreat for those who attend the Homeland Retreat:

    • USD $725 per person

  • Dormitory or (Possible Twin-Share)  - In Plum Village

  • Accommodations as Selected for Homeland Retreat– In Hoi An


  • All Accommodations

  • All Meals (Plant-Based)

  • All Tips (Exception: Travel Coordinator)

  • All Ground Transportation

  • International Flights Hanoi to Bangkok, Bangkok to Hanoi or Da Nang (Hoi An)

  • Bedding in Plum Village

  • No Visa Required for Thailand


  • Additional Nights in Hotel (pre or post retreat)

  • Cost of Multiple-Entry Viet Nam Tourist Visa

  • Cost of Travel/Medical Insurance

  • Towel for Use While in Plum Village


Homeland Retreat, 2019  (Viet Nam)

Go as a River, Discovering the Homeland of Our Teacher, the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Practice in active monasteries, visit historic sites and pagodas, engage with humanitarian aid projects, and enjoy a variety of cultural events.

  • Dates:  Sat March 30– Sun April 14, 2019

** Homeland Retreat FEES INCLUDE: All accommodations, All Meals (plant-based), All Tips, Two In-Country flights, All Ground Transportation during the retreat, and all Entrance Fees, and Airport Service from Da Nang Hoi An and from Hanoi City Center to  Hanoi International Airport


**NOT INCLUDED** in the Homeland Retreat Fees: International Travel, Medical/Travel Insurance (required), Việt Nam Visa (about USD 45) Additional nights in hotels, Shopping, Laundry, a Minimum $400 Donation, to be raised from family and friends, and Dana (generosity) for our retreat organizer and two Practice Leaders.

  • Cost of Retreat:

Twin Share –  USD $2,575 per person

Single Accommodation – USD $2,975 per person

Begins in Hoi An – Ends in Hanoi

Considering Joining One Of Our Retreats?

Required of all Retreatants:
◦                     Observe our practice traditions
◦                     Raise a minimum of $400 from friends and family, to be donated during our retreats
                       to our various community partners in Viet Nam.  Click here for more information
◦                     Attend all practices and activities
◦                     Be on time, arriving at least 5 minutes before the beginning of each activity. ...


LWF Retreat Scholarship Program

The Loving Work Foundation (LWF) seeks to welcome as many friends as possible to experience the beauty, and connect with the wonderful people of Việt Nam. Due to the generosity of friends, LWF can provide 100% of the retreat fee to one accepted applicant for each of the Spring 2019 retreats. ***The cost of International transportation, visa fees (approximately USD 45), and Dana for the retreat organizer and two practice leaders are not included. 

Scholarship recipients will be asked to fulfill the same requirement asked of all who join us, to raise a minimum of USD 400 from family and friends, funds that will be donated to various humanitarian projects visited during the retreats.

To request a scholarship application, please contact the Scholarship Committee at:

Please notice the deadline for submission is November 1, 2018.

In addition to basic contact and logistic information, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Which of the two 16-day retreats you wish to attend

  • A short statement explaining the personal financial circumstances that support this application.

  • A short statement about what this opportunity means to you.

To support applicants in making their travel arrangements, all applications must be received by November 1, 2018.  We will make every effort to respond to scholarship applications within 3 weeks.


We recommend that applicants make no flight arrangements, until they have received a response from LWF.

Become a Friend


For The Children Viet Nam

This organization works with public schools to identify children whose family situation prevents them from staying in school. The cost of school fees for one year for one child is USD180 (50-cents per day.) 

  • Read the stories of a few of the children-in-need. Your donation will change a child’s life. We will direct your gift to For the Children who will confirm its receipt and acknowledge your generosity.  

  • Read a sample of letters from the children and one from a supporter.

Kianh Foundation

This organization offers a day school for special needs children, from toddlers to age 18. They serve children who, until a few years ago, had absolutely no options. Many were left alone at home while parents worked. In some cases, children were tied to their beds to prevent them from wandering away or having an accident. In other cases, parents were giving up their children to the State, because of an inability to provide for them. The Kianh Foundation provides a professional and hopeful alternative to the families they serve. Contributions are welcome and appreciated; the cost of sponsoring one child's education for a year is $720.

Please email the Loving Work Foundation for details.

The Loving Work Foundation  is thrilled to offer opportunities for our friends to financially support programs in Viet Nam that provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.  


We currently work with three organizations that provide opportunities for friends to support their programs. Your gifts go directly to help children in need. So little is required to make all the difference in their lives.



A Culture of Financial Transparency

The Loving Work Foundation is committed to sustainable resource management and community building, working through grass-roots community partnerships to ensure that donations we receive are unitilzed in the most impactful way possible.  

We maintain a culture of financial transparency so that our donors can see how funds are allocated.

Other ways to give

In lieu of giving online, you can arrange to make a donation via bank transfer or wire transfer.  For information on how to complete these transactions, please email us at

The Loving Work Foundation

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, our sole means of financial support comes through donations made by compassionate supporters of our work. The majority of our operating budget is comprized of donations made by each retreat participant as part of the registration process. We also gratefully receive support from other friends around the world and welcome checks or online contributions. Most of the funds we receive go directly to cover costs associated with the service projects in which we participate during the Loving Work Retreats. We endeavor to keep administrative costs as low as possible, on average only 10% - 15% of donations received are used for adminstrative purposes. Foundation Board members, nor retreat practice leaders, receive any remuneration for their work. We do, however, pay a fee to our local organizer, as well as to our web manager. Any funds not spent on work projects or administrative costs are allocated to a Discretionary Relief Fund, from which we can offer additional financial assistance in circumstances of need brought to our attention by our partnering community agencies. Our aspiration is to make the greatest possible impact with the generous donations we receive.

Thank you for your support.

When making your gift, please be sure to email us and let us know it's on the way. And, if you'd like to designate your gift for a specific purpose, or to honour an individual, please note it in your email.

We accept donations through PayPal to make giving more convenient. Please click the button below to make your gift. Thank you for your generous and compassionate heart!

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Contact Us

Loving Work Foundation

Charleston, SC , USA 

While our retreats and service activities take place in Vietnam, the Loving Work Foundation is headquartered in the Unites States. It is a registered 501c(3), non-profit organization.


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