Transforming Self, Transforming World: Responding To Ecological Crisis

  • Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  • 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739
  • May 5, 2018 (1 day)
  • $75.00 - 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. For an additional $49, you can join us after the program for dinner, and, then, from…

About us

Individual awakening is crucial for social transformation. As humanity faces the ultimate disorder of our planet, we don’t know how to, or are unable to respond. We understand intrinsically that we are one human family. Yet, there are barriers for cultivating the relationships and measures to envision and undertake a solution to this eco-crisis. Perhaps there is an important parallel between our personal predicaments and our collective predicament in relation to the rest of the biosphere! Join Dr. David Loy, professor, internationally known Buddhist lecturer and author as he inspires us to examine the ecological implications for modern times that exist in our comparative wisdom teachings. We will discuss concrete steps we can take to connect with our “one human family” over lines of religion, political affiliation, race and status to respond with an envision-able and manageable shift from global eco-disaster to a revitalized world.

Cost for the day is $75, plus dana to the teacher and Heartwood. For an additional $49, you can join us after the program for dinner, and, then, from 7-9 p.m., an intimate conversation with David. You’ll stay the night at Heartwood, and have breakfast with us the next morning.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for people with economic difficulties.

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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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  • May 5, 2018 - May 5, 2018 ()


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