Heartwood Refuge and Retreat CenterHeartwood’s facilities include a historic thirty-room Victorian-era mansion, and additional thirty adjoining courtyard rooms. Three meditation halls and a commercial kitchen are designed to support short-term and long-term retreats, conferences, and workshops. Quiet spaces indoors and out invite contemplation and conversation. Our goal is to nurture all aspects of one’s being.

Heartwood’s focal point is our historic thirty-room mansion, built in 1905. The mansion houses one of Heartwood’s three meditation halls, a library, a commercial kitchen, a dining room, a smaller residents’ kitchen, and a community room with comfortable couches for reading or conversation. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms.

In addition to the mansion, there are two courtyard wings. The bedrooms in these wings have their own bathroom, a study table, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and plenty of personal space.

Our stand-alone meditation hall has space for 100 people.

During teacher-led group retreats, retreatants are provided three vegetarian meals a day in the dining room. Breakfast typically includes hot cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, bread, and rice cakes. Coffee is served at breakfast only. Lunch, which is the main meal of the day, consists of a protein, a grain, vegetables, and salad. A light supper of soup, with either salad or fruit, as well as some surprises, is offered each evening.

For self-directed retreats, retreatants have a great deal of flexibility with their meals so that they can eat when it best suits their schedule. Retreatants prepare breakfast on their own from food that Heartwood provides. Lunch, which is the main meal of the day, is cooked by members of the community and offered at 1:00 p.m. on weekdays in the residents’ kitchen. The meals are primarily vegetarian. On weekends, lunch is self-serve. On both weekdays and weekends, dinner is self-serve from what has been previously prepared. Food is not allowed in your room, but you’re welcome to bring any special food, teas, or coffee you wish to have. These can be labeled with your name and kept in the kitchen for your personal use.

Retreatants will have access to the services at our Healing Continuum Well-Being Center that launches mid June 2018.