Dharma Path of Love

  • Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  • 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739
  • Jul 18 - 21, 2019 (4 days)
  • $304.00 - Includes room, meals, and registration.Does not include additional dana (offered at the end of the retreat) to the teacher and to Heartwood. You can read more about the practice of dana here. $207.00 - Includes registration and meals, but not l

About This Event

All of us want to live with ease and we long to be free from suffering.  The first teaching that the Buddha offered to us after his awakening describes a path that, when practiced skillfully, liberates humans from suffering.

It is called the Eightfold Path and it is beautiful in the beginning, the middle and the end. This is a gradual path of spiritual evolution and progression known as dharma or “the way.” It is a gentle and compassionate way to the release of suffering and to facilitate ones’ ability to live with increasing love and compassion. This is a solid and time-honored path that has helped many through the ages. Vital to this path is that our practice be connected with our hearts.

Combining silent meditation with spiritual inquiry, we will explore the meaning of consciously walking the dharma path that is both challenging and which leads us all to a deeper peace, more love and freedom.  Instruction in Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and heart-centered meditations will be offered. Dharma talks and chanting from various spiritual traditions will be a part of this weekend, which is conducted in noble silence and open to all who wish 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.


  • 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.


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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