Happiness and Joy on the Path of Awakening
- Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
- 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739
- May 28 - Jun 2, 2019 (6 days)
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).
Venue HighlightsHeartwood’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.
AccommodationsRooms 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
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineThree 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.