Retreat and Events Calendar

Exploring Noble Friendship (Kalyanamitta) with Meditation, Exploration, Dialogue and Sutta Study

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto and Venerable Dr. Pannavati

July 6 - 8, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This weekend we explore together what it means to be and live as a "Noble Friend". We practice silent meditation, engage in dialogue and study, investigate individually and together this important topic of which the Buddha declared: „"Noble Friendship is the whole […]

“Letting Go” The Practice of Compassionate Effort

With John Orr

July 12 - 15, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
A wise teacher once suggested that we can not let go of that which we haven’t accepted. We use compassionate awareness to be present with whatever arises in our everyday experience, no matter how challenging that may be. By resting in the open heart and being mindful of when we may be contracting around difficult […]

An Awake and Responsive Heart – The Dharma Approach to Working with Political and Emotional Unease in Chaotic Times

With Lisa Ernst

August 8 - 12, 2018
Heartwood Refuge
The Dharma Approach to Working with Political and Emotional Unease in Chaotic Times During these challenging and chaotic times, how do we best utilize meditation and mindfulness to prepare for and meet these challenges skillfully? Can practice help us to stay engaged with a compassionate heart while also offering a respite from the nearly daily […]

Restorative Practices: Cultivating and Sustaining Sangha Through Community Building

With Jenn Biehn and Joan Lohman

August 24 - 26, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This is an excellent opportunity to invite your entire sangha or practice group. As leaders and engaged practitioners in the Dharma, how do we create, deepen and maintain enlivening, healthy and wholesome connections as we help to hold space within our Sanghas? Fostering an atmosphere of mutual appreciation and respect, Restorative Practices offers a transformative approach for people to recognize their mutual interdependence in the struggle to work and live collectively.

Exploring Dependent Co-arising as Presented in “Under the Bodhi Tree”

With Santikaro

August 29 - September 2, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Dependent co-arising is the heart of Buddha's awakening experience. We, too, can use this teaching for our own awakening, day by day. Drawing on Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's teachings in Under the Bodhi Tree, along with Pali suttas on which it is based, Santikaro will guide explorations of these teachings through meditations, talks, and discussions.

Awareness in Sitting Meditation, Movement, and Yoga

With Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

September 12 - 16, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This silent retreat will flow from periods of sitting meditation (on cushions or chairs) to walking meditation to several periods of yoga practice each day. The yoga is grounded in the tradition of viniyoga, a style that is in turn grounded in awareness of breath and the physical movement that flows out of that breath […]

Dharma In Everyday Life

With John Orr

September 20 - 23, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Do you desire to have a more regular meditation practice? Are there times when your practice seems to take a back seat amongst the busy-ness of everyday life? We all seek to live wisely and with loving-kindness and we all experience fear, anger, confusion, grasping, body pain and mental agitation. We want to shine out […]

Mindful Parenting

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall

September 22 - October 20, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  The joys of parenting are sometimes dimmed by unpleasant interactions with our kids. In the heat of the moment, we may find ourselves snapping at them or arguing with them. Upon reflection, we may find that we are actually reacting more to our own stress, frustrations and fears, and less to the needs of the child. Reacting from our own emotions [...]  

Cultivating an Open Heart in a Chaotic World

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall and John Cunningham

October 5 - 7, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Recent events in our world may give us the sense that things are more chaotic than ever. We are faced with news and events on a weekly basis that awaken our frustration, anger, and fear. If we are not careful, we can easily slip into thought patterns and behaviors […]

Entering the Ranks of the Noble Warriors: Embracing & Embodying the Bodhisattva Way of Life

With Dorjé Lopön Dr. Hun Lye

October 5 - 7, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
In the Tibetan tradition, taking the Bodhisattva Vow is the beginning of the path to achieving the completely awakened state of Buddha and is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings.

Mental Purification on the Buddhist Path

With Ronya Banks

October 24 - 28, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
During this retreat, you will learn step-by-step instructions on how to use Vipassana (Mindfulness) meditation and related Buddhist principles to purify your mind of the mental defilements that mar its naturally spacious, illumined beauty.

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

November 9 - 11, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice grown from the Vipassana tradition. Through dialogue the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation is introduced into interaction with others. This enables us to perceive, understand, and apply an acceptance of others and ourselves in the busyness of our lives. As humans, we are creatures that are […]

Right Meditation: Anapanasati, the Buddha’s Liberation Hack

With Venerable Dr. Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

November 22 - 29, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Buddha explained that the quickest way to enlightenment is mindfulness of breathing, because this profound practice brings us to the complete stilling of thought, which allows insight to arise and uproot the erroneous view of self.This retreat will explore...

Calm and Insight – 12 Day Meditation Retreat

With Bhikkhu Samāhita

December 20, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This is not a typical western retreat. Over 12 days we will examine the 40 meditation subjects/objects carried down through the Theravadan lineage and learn how to use them. All can suppress the five hindrances allowing one to pursue wisdom, some can be used as antidotes to abandon discursive thought, some lead to access concentration or one of the four jhanas...

Exploring Noble Friendship (Kalyanamitta) with Meditation, Exploration, Dialogue and Sutta Study

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto and Venerable Dr. Pannavati

July 6 - 8, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This weekend we explore together what it means to be and live as a "Noble Friend". We practice silent meditation, engage in dialogue and study, investigate individually and together this important topic of which the Buddha declared: „"Noble Friendship is the whole […]

Restorative Practices: Cultivating and Sustaining Sangha Through Community Building

With Jenn Biehn and Joan Lohman

August 24 - 26, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This is an excellent opportunity to invite your entire sangha or practice group. As leaders and engaged practitioners in the Dharma, how do we create, deepen and maintain enlivening, healthy and wholesome connections as we help to hold space within our Sanghas? Fostering an atmosphere of mutual appreciation and respect, Restorative Practices offers a transformative approach for people to recognize their mutual interdependence in the struggle to work and live collectively.

Cultivating an Open Heart in a Chaotic World

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall and John Cunningham

October 5 - 7, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Recent events in our world may give us the sense that things are more chaotic than ever. We are faced with news and events on a weekly basis that awaken our frustration, anger, and fear. If we are not careful, we can easily slip into thought patterns and behaviors […]

Entering the Ranks of the Noble Warriors: Embracing & Embodying the Bodhisattva Way of Life

With Dorjé Lopön Dr. Hun Lye

October 5 - 7, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
In the Tibetan tradition, taking the Bodhisattva Vow is the beginning of the path to achieving the completely awakened state of Buddha and is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings.

Awareness in Sitting Meditation, Movement, and Yoga

With Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

September 12 - 16, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This silent retreat will flow from periods of sitting meditation (on cushions or chairs) to walking meditation to several periods of yoga practice each day. The yoga is grounded in the tradition of viniyoga, a style that is in turn grounded in awareness of breath and the physical movement that flows out of that breath […]

“Letting Go” The Practice of Compassionate Effort

With John Orr

July 12 - 15, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
A wise teacher once suggested that we can not let go of that which we haven’t accepted. We use compassionate awareness to be present with whatever arises in our everyday experience, no matter how challenging that may be. By resting in the open heart and being mindful of when we may be contracting around difficult […]

Mindful Parenting

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall

September 22 - October 20, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  The joys of parenting are sometimes dimmed by unpleasant interactions with our kids. In the heat of the moment, we may find ourselves snapping at them or arguing with them. Upon reflection, we may find that we are actually reacting more to our own stress, frustrations and fears, and less to the needs of the child. Reacting from our own emotions [...]  

Cultivating an Open Heart in a Chaotic World

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall and John Cunningham

October 5 - 7, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Recent events in our world may give us the sense that things are more chaotic than ever. We are faced with news and events on a weekly basis that awaken our frustration, anger, and fear. If we are not careful, we can easily slip into thought patterns and behaviors […]

Mental Purification on the Buddhist Path

With Ronya Banks

October 24 - 28, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
During this retreat, you will learn step-by-step instructions on how to use Vipassana (Mindfulness) meditation and related Buddhist principles to purify your mind of the mental defilements that mar its naturally spacious, illumined beauty.

Introduction to Insight Dialogue

With Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

November 9 - 11, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice grown from the Vipassana tradition. Through dialogue the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation is introduced into interaction with others. This enables us to perceive, understand, and apply an acceptance of others and ourselves in the busyness of our lives. As humans, we are creatures that are […]

Right Meditation: Anapanasati, the Buddha’s Liberation Hack

With Venerable Dr. Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

November 22 - 29, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Buddha explained that the quickest way to enlightenment is mindfulness of breathing, because this profound practice brings us to the complete stilling of thought, which allows insight to arise and uproot the erroneous view of self.This retreat will explore...

An Awake and Responsive Heart – The Dharma Approach to Working with Political and Emotional Unease in Chaotic Times

With Lisa Ernst

August 8 - 12, 2018
Heartwood Refuge
The Dharma Approach to Working with Political and Emotional Unease in Chaotic Times During these challenging and chaotic times, how do we best utilize meditation and mindfulness to prepare for and meet these challenges skillfully? Can practice help us to stay engaged with a compassionate heart while also offering a respite from the nearly daily […]

Mindful Parenting

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall

September 22 - October 20, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  The joys of parenting are sometimes dimmed by unpleasant interactions with our kids. In the heat of the moment, we may find ourselves snapping at them or arguing with them. Upon reflection, we may find that we are actually reacting more to our own stress, frustrations and fears, and less to the needs of the child. Reacting from our own emotions [...]  
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