Our Service Leaders


Ven. Dr. Pannavati is Co-founder and Co-spiritual Director of Heartwood Refuge,  ensuring the community’s sustainability, longevity and continuity of vision and mission. She is also President of Treasure Human Life Foundation. Ordained in the Theravada, Chan, and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, Pannavati was formerly a Christian pastor, and co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and meditation center.

An international teacher who advocates on behalf of disempowered women and youth globally, and insists on equality and respect in Buddhist life for both female monastics and lay sangha — she is both contemplatie and empowered for compassionate service. She was a 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Buddhist Women’s Award and currently serves as Vice President of the US Chapter of the Global Buddhist Association. Although Ven. Pannavati travels extensively, she offers Dharma Talks and Meditation at HW on a regular basis. Please see the Weekly Activities.




Bhikkhu Pannadipa, Founder/Spiritual Director

Bhikkhu Pannadipa, Co-founder and Co-spiritual Director of Heartwood Refuge and founding Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana (Chan) traditions. A former Taoist monk and an initiated yogi, he taught Tien Shen Pai Kung Fu, qigong, Tai Chi and Fitness for more than 25 years. As meditation counselor of the Hermitage,  his finely honed skills add unspeakable depth to a practitioner’s experience.

Powerfully present with penetrating awareness, he guides meditators towards jhanic attainment, teaching them how to use this empowerment in all circumstances of practical life. In addition, he has extensive experience assisting in the transition from this life to the next for both humans and animals. Ven. Pannadipa leads Theravada Dharma Talks and Meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi. For times and days, please see the Weekly Activities.


Satima is Heartwood’s Executive Director, responsible for the day-to-day management and operational oversight of Heartwood. A passionate advocate for nonprofit work, she served as Chief Administrative Officer for California Ocean Science Trust and as Director of Business Operations for Tenderloin Housing Clinic, an agency with a $25 million annual budget providing permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless adults in San Francisco. Her formidable skills and management expertise include strategic planning, finance, business process reengineering, risk and liability management, contract compliance, fundraising and staff development.

After managing nonprofit organizations for 11 years, she went forth as a lay renunciate and now lives a life of spiritual service. She has served, practiced and studied in a wide variety of Buddhist retreat centers, monasteries and yoga ashrams in the U.S. and Asia. Uniquely qualified to serve as co-creator of the Heartwood vision, Satima brings great pragmatism to this spiritual endeavor.


Maureen Hall, D.C., FIAMA, Director Wellness Center 

Dr. Maureen Hall is the retired clinical director and President of Inspiration Center, Inc.  She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and B.S. degree in human biology from Logan College of Chiropractic. She received the award of excellence from Logan’s Clinical Science Division and the Basic Technique award from the Chiropractic Science division. She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology, is a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  holds Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Mind-Body Medicine Certification (Jon Kabat-Zinn),  is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center Community Dharma Leader and ordained Dharmacharya in Pannavati’s lineage.