• $502.00 – 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.

$250 deposit saves your spot when you register early. The final balance will be charged one month before the retreat.

Date & Time Details: Opening Day: check in is between 3-5pm, 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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Entering Into the Divine Abodes with the Tamer of Men and the King of Love

with Venerable Pannavati

December 27, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Through touching the lives and teachings of Siddhartha the Buddha and Jesus the Anointed One, we can experience a unified expression of wisdom, compassion, joy and peace not accessible by mere reasoning alone. If you have felt out of place or uncomfortable as a Buddhist who loves Jesus or as a Christian who has guilt over “leaving God” and seek a path towards reconciling what you know directly to be true, this retreat is for you! Bring both your eye mask for meditation and dancing “shoes”! (If you play an instrument, please bring it as well).


Venerable Pannavati
Venerable Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and meditation center; Co-Director of Heartwood Refuge and President of the Treasure Human Life Foundation. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada, Chan, and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service.  Venerable Pannavati is also a current disciple of Zhaxi Zhouma Rimpoche. An international teacher, she advocates on behalf of dis-empowered women and youth globally, and insists on equality and respect in Buddhist life for both female monastics and lay…
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