Plum Village project


Since 2011 I’ve been involved with Plum Village, the monastery home of Thich Nhat Hanh: poet, peace activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, friend of Martin Luther King. I find Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings so poetic, moving and practical, speaking of life in ways that are are at once simple and profound. This page is for my ongoing relationship with the Village and the projects I have been involved in, including a period of time living there. 2016 ongoing…read below…


In 2016 I was living there for just under a year working as part of a project to make the Village’s teachings on peace available for children. Below – a collection of 9 Plum Village songs reworked for the project, other recordings were made too – some collaborations with other artists, re-workings of more Plum Village songs and some new ones and some artist sharings: those are here in my project journal (words) (collection of over 100 recordings from the village)

Another project we did at Plum Village was to record some tutorial videos for some of the well loved Plum Village songs, if you search ‘Joe Holtaway’ here they will come up theres 10 of them.

in 2020 Myself and friend Rachel Butt organised a fundraiser for the village, called The Winter Warmer Festival:

Plum Village app

in 2021 The team that brought the Plum Village App together included many of my Plum Village recordings in the resources section on the app.

Read more about this project here

2021 album release Songs from Plum Village

2022 saw the launch of The Wake Up London Podcast, from the young adults community of Plum Village that I’ve been a part since 2011