Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739

Retreat Manager

Cancellation Policy: Self-directed retreats are non-refundable; funds may be allocated as a credit for future available retreats/stay

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Self-Directed Retreats

Open Dates

Self Directed Retreats will be approved on a case by case situation, in a thoughtful, socially-distant manner. There are a many number of conditions that may or may not allow for a self directed retreat. Your cooperation of this manner is greatly appreciated.


Given our busy lifestyles and obligations, taking even a day for ourselves—much less a longer period—can seem like an unreasonable luxury. But the time can offer inspiration and value that will enrich the relationships to which you return, and drastically alter the ways in which you perceive the world. It can build your confidence, increase your sense of stability in an unstable world, and bolster your ability and skillfulness in addressing the issues of life.  

Entering into a self-directed or long-term retreat allows you to design a program that best meets your needs and schedule along side the daily activities of the community. This could be an intensive silent meditation retreat, or it could be a more gentle meditation program that incorporates reading and study, yoga and other body work, fasting, journaling, or other practices that nourish your spirit. You can choose to hold your retreat wholly in silence, or to mindfully engage with the residential community and other retreatants.

While you’re here, you’ll have access to our resident teachers for personal guidance. We ask that you attend our weekly programs, including Dharma talks, morning and service meditation. If there are teacher-led group retreats being held while you’re here, you’ll have the option to register for them as part of the cost of your stay.

Self-directed retreats can be as short as a few days, to pause and refresh your practice, or up to 2 months, providing you an opportunity to go much deeper into the Dharma.

Accommodations~(are limited for the health and safety of all)
Rooms for self-directed retreatants are single, private, rooms, with a private bathroom.

You can practice in your room, or in the designated meditation hall. Our grounds and walking paths are available for walking meditation, and you can also walk around nearby Lake Osceola. If you have access to a car, there are many beautiful hikes in the local area. Please view our our covid updates here . DUE TO COVID ~our communal areas will be limited to the meditation hall and designated eating areas.

Meals~( will be offered and served by residents until further notice)
For self-directed retreats, a light breakfast, lunch, which is the main meal of the day, and a light supper will be served. You are welcome to bring closed, contained snacks to keep in your room.

Yogi Duties
Retreatants are responsible for keeping their room and bathroom clean, and for cleaning up after themselves in the kitchen. Retreatants also offer about ten hours per week of light work to the community during the service meditation period.

Lodging Cost
$99 per night, for stays less than one month (up to $1500)
$1,500 for 30 days
$1,200 for the second consecutive month
For a stay longer than two months please inquire about long term stays.

The lodging cost for your self-directed retreat does not include dana to the teachers. You are encouraged to offer dana at the end of your retreat. You can read more about this ancient practice here.

Please fill out our application form, which is required for stays of any length. For stays of 2 weeks or longer, you will be asked to fill out an additional questionnaire and follow up before being approved for a self-directed retreat.