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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!

Loving Work Retreats, 2018*

Participate in community building through service-oriented work projects that support the health and wellbeing of Vietnamese children and families.

*Loving Work Retreat FEES INCLUDE: ALL Accommodations, All Meals (plant-based), All Tips, All Ground Transportation during the retreat, and Entrance Fees, Airport Service upon arrival at Đà Nẵng Airport and to Huế Airport at end of retreat.


NOT INCLUDED in Loving Work Retreat Fees: International Travel Costs and Travel/Medical Insurance required), Domestic Flights to and from retreat meeting and ending points, Việt Nam Visa (about USD 45), Additional nights in hotels. Shopping, Laundry, a Minimum $400 Donation (to be raised from your friends and family) to support the work of charitable projects, and Dana for our retreat organizers and Practice Leaders.

Planting and Pruning at an organic gardening project (gloves provided)

Enjoy Storytelling and reading to children at the DaNang Mindfulness Practice Center;

Work under the guidance of Peace Trees Organization in Quang Tri Province.

  • Loving Work Service Projects: 2018

  • Dates:  Fri March 08 – Fri March 22, 2018

  • Cost of Retreat:

    • Twin Share – USD $1,375 per person

    • Single Accommodation – USD $1,750 per person


Participate in a Workshop for Parents of Young Children;


Joyfully Together Retreat, 2018*

"Go as a River," exploring the home country 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 31– Sun April 14, 2018

** Joyfully Together 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 to and from Vietnam International Airports.


NOT INCLUDED in Joyfully Together Mindfulness Retreat Fees: International Travel, Medical/Travel Insurance (required), Việt Nam Visa (about USD 45) Additional nights in hotels, Shopping, Laundry, a Minimum $400 Donation, and Dana (generosity) for our retreat organizer and Practice Leaders.

  • Cost of Retreat:

Twin Share –  USD $2,575 per person

Single Accommodation – USD $2,975 per person


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 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 October 15 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 October 15, 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 USD165, or $.45 per day. 

  • Follow this link Follow the link to 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.


  • Click here to read a sample of letters from the children and one from a supporter.

  • Click here to read about the inspiration that started this program.

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 two 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 of 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. It is our aspiration 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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