Retreats & Events Calendar

Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Free Introduction to 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall

March 20, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This session will introduce potential students to the over-arching themes of the class, history of MBSR and qualifications of the teacher. This free introductory session will offer a short sample of the practices we will be learning and using during the eight weeks course. The teacher will facilitate this introductory session and will answer all questions […]

The Ultimate Path of “Renunciation”

With Ronya Banks

March 23 - 25, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Buddhist path is founded on “renunciation” from worldly life. But what does renunciation really mean? What does “renunciation” look like for a standard lay person in today’s modern world […]

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8 Week Course (MBSR)

With Acharya Dr. Maureen Hall

March 27 - May 15, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This 8 week, 9 session, MBSR course is based on systematic and intensive training in mindfulness meditation and mindful Hatha yoga and their applications to everyday life. Course consists of 8 two-hour weekly classes and one full day retreat. The MBSR curriculum focuses on the experiential cultivation of both formal and informal mindfulness practices as […]

Chambers of the Heart: Abiding in Freedom from Compassion Fatigue

With Acharya Christie Bates

April 4 - 8, 2018
Heartwood Refuge
Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Just as we have four chambers of the heart, we have four essential heart qualities that can help us face and metabolize experience. They are known as the Divine Abodes ~ lovingkindness, compassion, altruistic joy, equanimity We can practice so that in daily […]

Relationships and A Course In Miracles

With Frank Trombetta

April 6 - 8, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This retreat will include an introduction to "A Course in Miracles" followed by specifics on how the spiritual and psychological principals in the Course apply to our relationships. This may include our partners, children, neighbors, employers, pets, etc. with an emphasis being on our primary partners. The teacher will correlate the similar precepts found in […]

Transforming Self, Transforming World

With David Loy

May 3 - 6, 2018
Heartwood Refuge
What's the relationship between social justice and individual awakening? Is personal transformation separate from social transformation, or are they two sides of the same coin -- two aspects of same path?  The highest ideal of the Western tradition has been to restructure our societies so that they are more socially just. The most important goal for Buddhism is to awaken and put an end to the dukkha ("suffering") […]

Awakening the Mind of Love: Attending to our Deepest Desire

With Kaira Jewel Lingo

May 25 - 28, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  "What do you want to do with your life? That is the question. Of course, you have the right to look for material and affective comforts, but that is not your deepest desire. Do you have an ultimate concern? Do you know […]

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
Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  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 […]

Unconditional Happiness

With Bhante Sudhasso

July 25 - 29, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Buddhist practice is the process of identifying the numerous ways that we fill our minds with discontent and confusion - and replacing them with mental clarity and joy. Bhante Suddhāso, a monk trained in both Theravāda and Soto Zen, will be coming […]

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 […]

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

With Santikaro

August 29 - September 2, 2018
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

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 […]

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 […]

Calm and Insight – 12 Day Meditation Retreat

With Bhikkhu Samāhita

December 20, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.