• Maximum $800.00 – Thank for donating at your maximum affordability. In so doing, you create opportunities for others to attend.

Date & Time Details: Opening Day: check in is between 3-5:00 PM, Orientation will start at 5:30PM. Supper will be served at 6:00 PM. Closing Day: ends at 11 AM. ~ Online participants will receive the zoom link via email

Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739

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Cancellation Policy: As a dana-based, volunteer-based center, we are unable to provide refunds. At this time, all retreats are non-refundable. We understand that emergency circumstances arise. In this case, please submit in writing to explain the nature of the emergency circumstances to the retreat manager at to secure a credit for future Heartwood offerings.

Room Assignments: All rooms are single-occupancy at this time and until further notice, due to the need for social distancing.

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The Heart’s True Refuge: Finding Freedom in Compassionate Presence ~ Scholarship Eligible ~ Online Option

with Lisa Ernst

August 5 - 8, 2021

True refuge is turning toward our experience and finding freedom in the way things are. This silent retreat will provide time to give our hearts and minds a respite during these challenging and often chaotic times. We will cultivate a quality compassionate presence that embraces our joys and sorrows with equanimity and insight. Through these practices, we begin to dissolve the illusion of separateness and taste the joy of interconnectedness to all things.

This retreat, held mostly in silence, will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily instructions and dharma talks, q&r and optional meetings with the teacher. All levels of experience are welcome.


Lisa Ernst
Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher in the Thai Forest/Spirit Rock lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. She emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. Lisa is the founder of One Dharma Nashville and she leads classes and retreats nationally as well as Buddhist tours of India. She is a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.
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