Happiness and Joy on the Path of Awakening

  • Insight Dialogue / Metta Programs Insight Dialogue / Metta Programs
  • Heartwood Refuge 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739
  • May 28 - Jun 2, 2019 (6 days)
  • $550.00 - includes shared room, 3 vegetarian meals per day and snacks Included in the fee is an optional $25 donation to the scholarship fund. $525.00 - meals and accommodations without $25 donation to scholarship fund

About This Event

This Insight Dialogue retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the seven factors of awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice but also as the path itself. The Buddha’s teachings often emphasize suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can seem rather austere. What is the true place of joy on this path of awakening?

In this Insight Dialogue meditation retreat, we will explore happiness and joy at their very root; we will investigate together the internal conditions that block our deepest happiness as well as those conditions that allow for the emergence of a joyful tranquility and release that are not dependent on outer circumstances.

Insight Dialogue (ID) is an interpersonal meditation form, based in the Vipassana tradition. In ID, we extend our solitary meditation into a carefully guided practice of meditation in speaking and listening with others. This retreat will be an introduction to ID for some and an opportunity for others to deepen their practice. More information about Insight Dialogue can be found at (contact info blocked). The retreat will be held in Noble Silence except for the Insight Dialogue sessions. We will alternate periods of silent meditation practice, contemplation in dialogue, mindful movement and time in nature.

NOTE: An ongoing meditation/mindfulness practice and previous retreat experience is requested for participation in this retreat. If you have questions about the suitability of retreat for you, please feel free to email Nic at (contact info blocked) or Sharon at (contact info blocked)

For logistics you may contact Daya Breckinridge at (contact info blocked) or Mary Grigsby at (contact info blocked)


Venue Highlights




Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

Return to my event ×

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To be in my highest self. Josh

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

Don't have an account? Sign up.
Or connect with Facebook

Already have an account? Log in.
Or connect with Facebook