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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 […]

What is Cultivation? Training and Seminar

with Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

April 13, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
If you are serious about your practice, join us for a profound discourse and discussion. This Chinese Master says merely studying Buddhism is not cultivation. We must cultivate the mind and action of a Buddha to become a Buddha! […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Emptiness, Dependent Co-arising, and The Middle Way

with Santikaro

June 26 – 30, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Middle Way is the Buddhist approach to spiritual practice. It also describes core Buddhist teachings about dependent co-arising and emptiness. All phenomena occur in dependence on causes and conditions.

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[…]

The Four Infinite and Divine Dwellings (Appamaññā Brahma-vihāra)

with Bhikkhu Samāhita

August 21 – 25, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Systematic meditation and thus gradual development of Friendliness (Mettā), Compassion (Karunā), Rejoicing Joy (Muditā), and Equanimity (Upekkhā) are 4 of the 40 classic meditation objects taught by the last Buddha Gotama.[..].

Awareness in Sitting Meditation, Movement, and Yoga

with Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

September 4 – 8, 2019
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 […]

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…

A Journey Inward – Exploring the Five Faculties

with Tuere Sala

November 7 – 10, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This journey towards inward awakening asks more of us than force of will. It is a gradual unfolding of understanding and equanimity. The engine behind this gradual unfolding are the five faculties. The five faculties are faith (or conviction), energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom. Together they gradually turn the wheel of dharma […]

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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Awareness in Sitting Meditation, Movement, and Yoga

with Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

September 4 – 8, 2019
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 […]

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 […]

What is Cultivation? Training and Seminar

with Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

April 13, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
If you are serious about your practice, join us for a profound discourse and discussion. This Chinese Master says merely studying Buddhism is not cultivation. We must cultivate the mind and action of a Buddha to become a Buddha! […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Emptiness, Dependent Co-arising, and The Middle Way

with Santikaro

June 26 - 30, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Middle Way is the Buddhist approach to spiritual practice. It also describes core Buddhist teachings about dependent co-arising and emptiness. All phenomena occur in dependence on causes and conditions.

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[...]

The Four Infinite and Divine Dwellings (Appamaññā Brahma-vihāra)

with Bhikkhu Samāhita

August 21 - 25, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Systematic meditation and thus gradual development of Friendliness (Mettā), Compassion (Karunā), Rejoicing Joy (Muditā), and Equanimity (Upekkhā) are 4 of the 40 classic meditation objects taught by the last Buddha Gotama.[..].

Awareness in Sitting Meditation, Movement, and Yoga

with Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

September 4 - 8, 2019
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 […]

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…

A Journey Inward – Exploring the Five Faculties

with Tuere Sala

November 7 - 10, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This journey towards inward awakening asks more of us than force of will. It is a gradual unfolding of understanding and equanimity. The engine behind this gradual unfolding are the five faculties. The five faculties are faith (or conviction), energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom. Together they gradually turn the wheel of dharma […]

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[…]

What is Cultivation? Training and Seminar

with Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

April 13, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
If you are serious about your practice, join us for a profound discourse and discussion. This Chinese Master says merely studying Buddhism is not cultivation. We must cultivate the mind and action of a Buddha to become a Buddha! […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Emptiness, Dependent Co-arising, and The Middle Way

with Santikaro

June 26 – 30, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Middle Way is the Buddhist approach to spiritual practice. It also describes core Buddhist teachings about dependent co-arising and emptiness. All phenomena occur in dependence on causes and conditions.

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[…]

The Four Infinite and Divine Dwellings (Appamaññā Brahma-vihāra)

with Bhikkhu Samāhita

August 21 – 25, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Systematic meditation and thus gradual development of Friendliness (Mettā), Compassion (Karunā), Rejoicing Joy (Muditā), and Equanimity (Upekkhā) are 4 of the 40 classic meditation objects taught by the last Buddha Gotama.[..].

Awareness in Sitting Meditation, Movement, and Yoga

with Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

September 4 – 8, 2019
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 […]

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…

A Journey Inward – Exploring the Five Faculties

with Tuere Sala

November 7 – 10, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This journey towards inward awakening asks more of us than force of will. It is a gradual unfolding of understanding and equanimity. The engine behind this gradual unfolding are the five faculties. The five faculties are faith (or conviction), energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom. Together they gradually turn the wheel of dharma […]

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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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 […]

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.  

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[…]