• $396.00 – Residential Stay
    plus dana (offered at the end of the retreat) to the teacher and to Heartwood. You can read more about the practice of dana here.
  • $323.00 – Commuter Option - Includes registration and meals, but not lodging.
    Does not include additional dana (offered at the end of the retreat) to the teacher and to Heartwood.
    Commuters attend the full retreat, including lunch and dinner, but are not provided with overnight accommodations. It is important to note that by registering as a commuter, you agree to attend the entire retreat and to arrive and depart at the scheduled time each day. Your presence is important, as having retreatants come and go or miss sessions can disrupt the container created by group practice.

Date & Time Details: Opening Day: check in is between 2-5pm, with orientation at 5:30pm and supper at 6pm. Closing Day: ends at 11am.

Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville NC 28739

Retreat Manager

Cancellation Policy:

This retreat is non-refundable

Room Assignments: Rooms are double-occupancy. Depending on the number of retreatants, if single rooms are available, we assign them in order of registration to those who registered earliest.

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

with Bhikkhu Samāhita

August 21 - 25, 2019

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.  We go through their proximate causes, praxis, 11 advantages, and their long-term benefits.  Guided meditation sessions underscoring the infinite aspects of each method are trained.  If the cause is infinite, so is the effect! May all beings become thus Happy thereby.


Bhikkhu Samāhita
Ven. Samāhita Thero has lived alone for the last 16 years remotely on Knuckles Mountain in a Bhāvanā-Kuti: The Cypress Hermitage 56 km from Kandy from where he runs the website: http://What-Buddha-Said.net and numerous Buddhist internet, YouTube, and Facebook groups w. >100.000 international members. His email is: bhante.samahita@gmail.com Ven. Samāhita Thero (born 1960) was educated as a Medical Doctor at the Copenhagen University in Denmark, and became Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the Technical University in Denmark, working with theoretical biology, and artificial intelligence. Cooperating with grandchildren of Danish Physicist Niels Bohr (Noble Prize 1922) stimulated a long cherished interest in Quantum Physics, and Einsteinian Relativity. He arrived in Sri Lanka 2001, was ordained as novice at…
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