• $898.00 – 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.


Date & Time Details: Opening Day: check in is between 3-5:00 PM, Orientation will start at 5:30PM. Supper will be served at 6:00 PM. Closing Day: ends at 11 AM.

Location: Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

Address: 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739

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Cancellation Policy: As a dana-based, volunteer-based center, we are unable to provide refunds. At this time, all retreats are non-refundable. We understand that emergency circumstances arise. In this case, please submit in writing to explain the nature of the emergency circumstances to the retreat manager at retreat@heartwoodrefuge.org to secure a credit for future Heartwood offerings.

Room Assignments: All rooms are single-occupancy at this time and until further notice, due to the need for social distancing.

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Jhana Retreat ~ Online Zoom Retreat Scholarship Eligible

with Mary Aubry

November 5 - 15, 2020

This retreat will emphasize the application of the Jhanas (Meditative Absorptions) as part of a regular sitting practice, in the tradition of Leigh Brasington and his teacher Ayya Khema.  The Jhanas are a method of one-pointed concentration taught in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and will focus on teaching the Jhanas for the purpose of enhancing insight practice.  Several topics for insight practice will be discussed, including Dependent Origination and Emptiness.  Mary will offer instructions, dharma talks, and interviews.  Each day will include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, lovingkindness meditation, and Q&A.  This retreat is for experienced meditators with prior retreat experience.  A regular sitting practice is required.


Mary Aubry
Mary Aubry began meditating in the Vipassana tradition and attending insight meditation retreats in 1993. In 2009, she started teaching meditation classes for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. and in 2012, graduated from the Community Dharma Leadership program co-sponsored by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society.  In 2014, Tara Brach authorized Mary to teach insight meditation retreats, and in 2016 Leigh Brasington authorized her to teach jhana retreats. Other than Tara and Leigh, her primary teachers have included Joseph Goldstein, Bhikkhu Analayo, and Rodney Smith. In 2014-15, Mary co-taught a year-long program for IMCW…
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