• $424.00 – 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 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

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Cancellation Policy: All retreats are non-refundable. We understand that unexpected events arise. In this case, you may use your payment as credit for future Heartwood offerings.

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 Power of a Tender Heart: Awakening with Presence, Love and Insight~ Retreat Scholarship Eligible

with Lisa Ernst

June 24 - 28, 2020

We live in a time when divisiveness and intolerance seem to rule the day. More than ever, we need to find a way to live from our hearts – for ourselves and for the world. Fortunately, even a moment of kindness and compassion can begin to open the door to the healing power of loving presence. During this retreat we will practice opening to the limitless space of the awakened heart and become intimate with the tenderness and love that reside there. This tenderness is a conduit to compassion, interconnection and freedom.

This silent retreat is suitable for newer as well as experienced meditators. It will include sitting and walking meditation, daily instructions, dharma talks and private meetings with the teacher.


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.
Learn more about Lisa Ernst