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Finding Our Balance Amidst the 8 Worldly Winds

About This Event

During the course of our lives we all experience many ups and downs. The Buddha named eight experiences that we may be familiar with called  “The Worldly Winds.”

They are: Pleasure and Pain,

Gain and Loss,

Praise and Blame,

Fame and Disrepute.

These 8 winds and experiences blow within and all around each of us. No one experiences only pleasure without experiencing some form of  physical or emotional pain. Sometimes we experience gain in our lives and at other times we experience loss. People may praise and then on the other hand they may blame us. In our popular culture fame and disrepute seem to walk hand in hand. At times we may feel blown off balance as we experience these ever-changing “Worldly Winds”.

The Dharma and our meditation practice are a means to being centered and clear as these winds blow. Sometimes, in life, we fall down, but like a toddler learning to walk, we get back up and we try again. Gradually we find increasing equanimity with the changing winds of life and true peace within.

Instruction in Insight Meditation and heart-centered meditations will be offered. Dharma talks and chanting from various spiritual traditions will also be a part of the weekend, which is conducted in Noble Silence.  All are welcome to attend!

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.


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.


  • A/C 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.


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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