• $304.00 – 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.
  • $200.00 – 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: View Here

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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Teaching as a Spiritual Path

with Venerable Somasiki and Renee Owen, Ed.D

July 31 - August 3, 2020

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”  ~Malala Yousafzai.

Teaching as a Spiritual Path is a retreat to affirm your own sacred path of teaching. This three day retreat will offer you an opportunity to reconnect with your “why”, to engage with your authentic self,  explore your inner landscape, renew your passion and cultivate practices to sustain yourself and inspire others for your personal and professional life.

We will learn secular spiritual pedagogical practices, meditate together, journal, and engage in powerful embodied experiences that will renew our inner resources and return deep meaning and purpose to our lives as educators.  The Venerable Pannavati will provide a powerful introduction on our first evening.

*PDU certificates will be offered at the end of the retreat.


Venerable Somasiki
Venerable Soma is currently living at Heartwood Refuge, serving as Venerable Pannavati’s Assistant and contributing as the coordinator of Treasure Human Life, the service component of Embracing Simplicity.  Prior to moving to Heartwood, she worked as a School Counselor in Portland Public Schools, and Clinical Social Worker as a child and family therapist in community mental health.  In addition, she has spent the last six years training educators around the country on mindfulness. Soma has a strong focus and passion in Mindfulness, Restorative Justice, and crisis intervention. She supports and assists practitioners in exploring strategies to support good wellness: letting…
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Renee Owen, Ed.D
For over 20 years, Dr. Renee Owen has been supporting teachers and educational leaders in personal development and wellness. She is currently Executive Director at Rainbow Community School in Asheville, NC, a holistic, contemplative, P-8 school founded in the 1970’s by leaders in the Sufi movement. She believes that if every child had the opportunity to receive a holistic education, the world would be a far more just and compassionate place. Wanting to share all that holistic education has to offer, Renee co-founded Rainbow Institute in 2014 as an organization for sharing holistic and contemplative educational practices with teachers. Renee’s…
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