Date & Time Details: Our Teachers will Zoom in for this retreat. You are invited to attend online or in person. We can accommodate a small number of retreatants for residential retreating. We have strong COVID policies in place for everyone's protection. email with questions. Residential Retreatants: We are in a limited way inviting retreatants to participate on campus. Opening Day: check in is contactless Supper will be served at 6:00 PM. Closing Day: ends at 11 AM.

Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739


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 Joy of Collective Awakening ~ Zoom Online with residential zoom option.

with Amma Ṭhanasanti and Deborah Eden Tull

November 20 - 22, 2020

In this time of disruption, we have compounding challenges internally and globally causing heightened anxiety and overwhelm for many. Alongside these challenges, many of us sense the invitation for collective awakening that is calling us.  We will begin this online retreat using body awareness meditation to ground our attention. We will focus on the joys of body-centered meditation practices and mindful inquiry to take us beyond the limiting beliefs that hold our suffering in place. Then ritual, relational mindfulness, and deep time in nature we will connect with the joy in being present with ourselves, the natural world, and with others. Through these practices, we come to know the natural experience of joy, resilience, and courage in ourselves and in spiritual friendship with each other dedicated to collective awakening. 




Amma Ṭhanasanti
Amma Ṭhanasanti is a California born spiritual teacher dedicated to serving all beings. Since she first encountered the Dharma in 1979, she has been committed to awakening. As a former Buddhist nun of 26 years, she combines the precision and rigor of the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition, compassion, pure awareness practices and a passion for wholeness. Amma has been teaching intensive meditation retreats in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia since 1995. She invites an openness to pause and inquire into the truth of the present moment, integrating what is liberating at the core of our human condition.
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Deborah Eden Tull
DEBORAH EDEN TULL, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, public speaker, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She trained for seven years as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery in Northern California, and she has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about conscious, sustainable communities internationally for the last 25 years. She currently resides in the mountains western North Carolina and offers retreats, workshops, and consultations nationally. Eden’s first book, The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution (Process Media), was published in September 2010…
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