Retreat and Events Calendar

Self-Directed and Long-Term Retreats

Open Dates
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Make time for yourself and your practice in a supportive and peaceful contemplative environment. Entering into a self-directed or long-term retreat allows you to design a program that best meets your needs and schedule. This could be an intensive silent meditation retreat, or it could be a more gentle meditation […]

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[..].

Zen Peacemaker India Bearing Witness Retreat

with Venerable Pannavati

January 1 - 15, 2019
Tamil Nadu
SAVE THE DATE! DESCRIPTION COMING SOON!

Dharmapala Training Retreat

with Kittisaro and Thanissara

January 20 - 26, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Private Retreat sacredmountainsangha.org

Love in Action: The Heart of Relational Mindfulness a Day-Long Retreat

with Deborah Eden Tull

February 2, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
We all struggle at times with how to bring meditation off the cushion and into the beautiful, dynamic, and messy realm of relationship. Relational Mindfulness helps us to bring presence, compassion, investigation, and clear-seeing, to how we relate — whether we are at work, with family, on a date, in conflict, or engaging with world issues. We can erase the myth of separation. And we can remember the intrinsic interconnection that is who we really are. […]

Embodied Mindfulness

with Emily Horn and Vincent Horn

February 21 - 24, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
On this 4-day Embodied Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, led by Emily Horn and Vincent Horn, you'll have the rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to uninterrupted practice in a community of peers. The emphasis of this retreat will be on the integration of mindful investigation with embodied presence..[…]

Introduction to Offering and Ritual Practice

with Venerable Pannavati

March 1 - 3, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Rituals are a feature of all known human societies. While Buddha reminded us that spiritual rituals cannot replace actual cultivation, he approved of their use to gladden and stabilize the mind in momentary goodness. Rituals are a "reminder" of our intentions that can transform[...]

Water Fasting Retreat

with Health Team

March 3 - 9, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
"Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work.  The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.  Our food should be our medicine.  Our medicine should be our food.  But to eat when you are sick is to feed […]

Detox and Rejuvenate 5 Day Juice Fasting Retreat

with Health Team

March 5 - 9, 2019
Heartwood Refuge
The Juice Fasting Retreat is an oasis where you will be able to draw physical, mental and spiritual refreshment in a peaceful environment. Take time away from the demands of your regular daily life and remain sheltered from the challenges and struggles of the materialistic world. Come experience[…]

Courage to Care: The Dharma in Family Recovery

with Acharya Christie Bates

April 12 - 14, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
How do we love enough to let go of relatives and friends caught in the grip of craving and attachment? How do we abandon clinging while keeping our hearts open to love?[…]

Blue Ridge Moon: A Mindfulness Retreat for Renewing Body, Mind, & Spirit

with Therese Fitzgerald

April 16 - 20, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Our five days together will be a time to dwell in profound awareness of what renews and rejuvenates our body, mind, and spirit. Supported by the conditions of spring beauty, teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and renewing our innermost vows, fellow practitioners, solitude and silence, we invite insights and reinvigorate ourselves. The daily program will include sitting and walking meditation, mindful meals, Dharma discussion, mindful movement, meditative work, and personal interviews with the teacher. This retreat, held mostly in silence, is recommended for both beginning and experienced meditators who feel drawn to contemplation and mindful living.

Awakening Joy

with Ronya Banks

April 26 - 28, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Sometimes in Mindfulness or Buddhist practice, one gets the impression that you shouldn't enjoy “joy” or “beauty”. There is nothing further from the truth! Insight/Vipassana meditation practice is actually a path that cultivates genuine happiness […]

Twin Streams: Blending the Wisdom of Buddhism and Yoga

with Satima

May 3 - 5, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Westerners generally consider Buddhism an intellectual discipline and Yoga a physical one, thereby never actualizing the true transformative power of either. Yet, Yoga’s ancient wisdom is one of the best complements to Buddhist […]

Water Fasting Retreat

with Health Team

May 5 - 11, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
"Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work.  The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.  Our food should be our medicine.  Our medicine should be our food.  But to eat when you are sick is to feed […]

Detox and Rejuvenate 5 Day Juice Fasting Retreat

with Health Team

May 7 - 11, 2019
Heartwood Refuge
The Juice Fasting Retreat is an oasis where you will be able to draw physical, mental and spiritual refreshment in a peaceful environment. Take time away from the demands of your regular daily life and remain sheltered from the challenges and struggles of the materialistic world. Come experience[…]

Dharmacharya Retreat

with Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

May 17 - 22, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Open only to students in ministerial program

Happiness and Joy on the Path of Awakening

with Metta Programs

May 28 - June 2, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This Insight Dialogue retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the seven factors of awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice but also as the path itself. The Buddha’s teachings often emphasize suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can seem rather austere. What is the true place of joy on this path of awakening? In this Insight Dialogue meditation retreat, we will explore happiness and joy at their very root; we will investigate together the internal conditions that block our deepest happiness as well as those conditions that allow for the…

Five Day Residential Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

with Minded

June 2 - 7, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Dr. Karen Bluth and Laura Prochnow Phillips teach this 5 day RESIDENTIAL intensive version of the evidenced-based 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum developed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Mindful Self-Compassion combines the skills and practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to increase emotional well-being. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.  

Awakening Presence

with Emily Horn and Vincent Horn

June 9 - 16, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
On this week-long Awakening Presence Meditation Retreat*, led by Emily Horn and Vincent Horn, you'll have the rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to uninterrupted practice in a community of peers. Over the course of the retreat we’ll work on incorporating all aspects of our being, including […]

Dharma Path of Love

with John Orr

July 18 - 21, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
All of us want to live with ease and we long to be free from suffering.  The first teaching that the Buddha offered to us after his awakening describes a path that, when practiced skillfully, liberates humans from suffering. It is called the Eightfold Path and it is beautiful in the beginning, the middle and the end. This is a gradual path of spiritual evolution and progression known as dharma or “the way.” It is a gentle and compassionate way to the release of suffering and to facilitate ones’ ability to live with increasing love and compassion. This is a…

Finding Peace Where You Are: Befriending Your Mind, Accepting Your Emotions

with Lisa Ernst

August 7 - 11, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Difficult, anxious thoughts and emotions are often considered obstacles to meditation and peace of mind. A wiser view is available! Buddha’s path to liberation is designed to help us face the full experience of embodied[...]

Rebel Saints Meditation Society Retreat

with Rebel Saints Meditation Society

September 12 - 15, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Private Retreat

Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte Retreat

with IMCC

September 20 - 22, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Private Retreat.

Concentration, Jhana, and Breath – 9 Night Retreat

with Shaila Catherine

October 4 - 13, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This retreat will utilize the breath as the primary meditation object and will encourage the development of meditative skills that lead to deep concentration (samadhi) and insight (vipassana). Daily group instructions will focus on [...]

Cultivating Equanimity & Peace

with Ronya Banks

October 20 - 27, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Considered the “Highest Happiness & Peace” in Buddhism, Equanimity is a liberating quality that can be developed as part of your spiritual practice. During this retreat, we will systematically explore the Seven Factors of Enlightenment and related mindfulness practices[…]

Finding Our Balance Amidst the 8 Worldly Winds

with John Orr

October 31 - November 3, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
During the course of our lives we all experience many ups and downs. The Buddha named eight experiences that we may be familiar with called  “The Worldly Winds.” They are: Pleasure and Pain, Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Fame and Disrepute. These 8 winds and experiences blow within and all around each of us. No one experiences only pleasure without experiencing some form of  physical or emotional pain. Sometimes we experience gain in our lives and at other times we experience loss. People may praise and then on the other hand they may blame us. In our popular culture…

Retreat with Tuere Sala

with Tuere Sala

November 7 - 10, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
SAVE THE DATE! DESCRIPTION COMING SOON!

Dharmacharya Retreat

with Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

November 24 - December 1, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Open only to students in ministerial program

Training the Heart, Lifting Your Voice: From Self-Doubt to Service

with Acharya Christie Bates and Erin Rae

December 5 - 8, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Creative practice is spiritual practice, and because there is a need for light in the world, creativity is generosity. Creatives of all types – artists, writers, singers, speakers – grapple at times with the human experience of fear, self-doubt and toxic levels of self-criticism[…]

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Twin Streams: Blending the Wisdom of Buddhism and Yoga

with Satima

May 3 - 5, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Westerners generally consider Buddhism an intellectual discipline and Yoga a physical one, thereby never actualizing the true transformative power of either. Yet, Yoga’s ancient wisdom is one of the best complements to Buddhist […]

Courage to Care: The Dharma in Family Recovery

with Acharya Christie Bates

April 12 - 14, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
How do we love enough to let go of relatives and friends caught in the grip of craving and attachment? How do we abandon clinging while keeping our hearts open to love?[…]

Awakening Joy

with Ronya Banks

April 26 - 28, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Sometimes in Mindfulness or Buddhist practice, one gets the impression that you shouldn't enjoy “joy” or “beauty”. There is nothing further from the truth! Insight/Vipassana meditation practice is actually a path that cultivates genuine happiness […]

Happiness and Joy on the Path of Awakening

with Metta Programs

May 28 - June 2, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This Insight Dialogue retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the seven factors of awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice but also as the path itself. The Buddha’s teachings often emphasize suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can seem rather austere. What is the true place of joy on this path of awakening? In this Insight Dialogue meditation retreat, we will explore happiness and joy at their very root; we will investigate together the internal conditions that block our deepest happiness as well as those conditions that allow for the…

Five Day Residential Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

with Minded

June 2 - 7, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Dr. Karen Bluth and Laura Prochnow Phillips teach this 5 day RESIDENTIAL intensive version of the evidenced-based 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum developed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Mindful Self-Compassion combines the skills and practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to increase emotional well-being. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.  

Cultivating Equanimity & Peace

with Ronya Banks

October 20 - 27, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Considered the “Highest Happiness & Peace” in Buddhism, Equanimity is a liberating quality that can be developed as part of your spiritual practice. During this retreat, we will systematically explore the Seven Factors of Enlightenment and related mindfulness practices[…]

Happiness and Joy on the Path of Awakening

with Metta Programs

May 28 - June 2, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This Insight Dialogue retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the seven factors of awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice but also as the path itself. The Buddha’s teachings often emphasize suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can seem rather austere. What is the true place of joy on this path of awakening? In this Insight Dialogue meditation retreat, we will explore happiness and joy at their very root; we will investigate together the internal conditions that block our deepest happiness as well as those conditions that allow for the…

Love in Action: The Heart of Relational Mindfulness a Day-Long Retreat

with Deborah Eden Tull

February 2, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
We all struggle at times with how to bring meditation off the cushion and into the beautiful, dynamic, and messy realm of relationship. Relational Mindfulness helps us to bring presence, compassion, investigation, and clear-seeing, to how we relate — whether we are at work, with family, on a date, in conflict, or engaging with world issues. We can erase the myth of separation. And we can remember the intrinsic interconnection that is who we really are. […]

Self-Directed and Long-Term Retreats

Open Dates
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Make time for yourself and your practice in a supportive and peaceful contemplative environment. Entering into a self-directed or long-term retreat allows you to design a program that best meets your needs and schedule. This could be an intensive silent meditation retreat, or it could be a more gentle meditation […]

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