• $304.00 – Residential Stay plus dana (offered at the end of the retreat) to the teacher and to Heartwood.

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

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Joyful Illumination of the Heart-mind

with Susmita Barua (Acharya Navasajiva)

January 23 - 26, 2020

Natural Awakening and Joyful Illumination of the Heart-mind
When we practice mindfulness, which mind are we talking about? We will explore the layout of the whole Noble Eightfold (or is it 10 fold) path to develop the first two steps of wholesome view and wholesome intention behind our study, attitude and practice of the Dhamma, its six attributes and investigation with the Beginner’s mind. We will explore how the Beginner’s mind is related to Yonisomanasikara (Wise Attention) and Basic Goodness. There will be meditation on unbounded states, journaling and reflective exercises to integrate Dhamma into one’s own personal life challenges, values, vision and purpose


Susmita Barua (Acharya Navasajiva)
Susmita Barua (Dharmacharya Navasajiva) MS, MA, CPC is a Certified Professional Coach, Mindful Life Coach, Mindfulness Educator and Contemporary Dharma Teacher from Lexington, KY. Susmita is a lifetime member of  Sangha of Thousands Buddhas and Dharmankur Bengal Buddhist Association. She was a panelist in ‘Teaching Dhamma in New Lands’ at the IABU conference in Thailand 2012, served as the former President of the Alliance for Bhikkhunis and founding member of Sakyadhita USA,  Heartwood Refuge, NC and KY Peace Meditation Center. She taught recently at Mindful Nashville, Louisville and Lexington events and presented workshops at Sakyadhita International Buddhist Women’s Conference 2019…
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