The Ultimate Path of “Renunciation”

  • Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  • 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville NC 28739
  • Mar 23 - 25, 2018 (3 days)
  • $138.00 - Commuters Only (This Retreat is Full) Cost is $138 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. Commuters attend the full retreat,…

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Single rooms are issued based on availability, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

The Buddhist path is founded on “renunciation” from worldly life. But what does renunciation really mean? What does “renunciation” look like for a standard lay person in today’s modern world characterized by many as a “climate of chaos”? And how does one go about initiating the “renouncing process”?

Join Buddhist Insight Meditation teacher Ronya Banks at the beautiful Heartwood Refuge Retreat center in Hendersonville, NC, as she guides you in Buddhist contemplative processes to deepen your meditation practice, and help you in your renunciation journey; a journey designed to set your mind and heart free – free to engage wisely in any circumstances.

This Insight (Vipassana) Meditation retreat is a silent meditation retreat taking place over two nights and three days. The daily schedule will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, plus optional Mindful Movement practice.

The teacher, Ronya Banks, will offer a daily dharma talk and meetings with participants.

The retreat is appropriate for those who are new to retreat practice as well as for those with more experience.  All are welcome.


Venue Highlights

Heartwood’s facilities include a historic thirty-room Victorian-era mansion, and additional thirty adjoining courtyard rooms. Three meditation halls and a commercial kitchen are designed to support short-term and long-term retreats, conferences, and workshops. Quiet spaces indoors and out invite contemplation and conversation. Our goal is to nurture all aspects of one’s being.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free


Three delicious vegetarian meals per day are offered; there are always vegan and gluten free options served for those with dietary restrictions. You are also welcome to bring a snack to share if you wish. 
Breakfast typically includes cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, bread, and rice cakes. Coffee is served at breakfast only. Lunch, which is the main meal of the day, consists of a protein, a grain, vegetables, and salad. A light supper of soup, with either salad or fruit, as well as some surprises, is offered each evening.


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. For your convenience, Heartwood provides bed linens, blankets, and towels. All rooms, whether double or single, have an en-suite bathroom.


Heartwood is located at 159 Osceola Rd, Hendersonville NC 28739. We are approximately 20 minutes from the Asheville NC airport, and 2 hours from the Charlotte NC airport.

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at Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

  • Mar 23, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 (3 days)


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