Twin Streams: Blending the Wisdom of Buddhism and Yoga

  • Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  • 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739
  • May 3 - 5, 2019 (3 days)
  • $205.00 - Residential Stayplus dana (offered at the end of the retreat) to the teacher and to Heartwood. You can read more about the practice of dana here.

About This Event

Westerners generally consider Buddhism an intellectual discipline and Yoga a physical one, thereby never actualizing the true transformative power of either. Yet, Yoga’s ancient wisdom is one of the best complements to Buddhist spirituality; and when woven together, these approaches create a richer, fuller spiritual life fully developing this mind-body. The ancient yogic methods create a foundation for clearer insight into the Buddha’s teachings and prepare the physical vessel for deeper states of meditation (the cornerstone of Buddhist formal practice).

In this participatory workshop we will learn and perform yoga techniques including:

Pranayama –  Breathlessness is the way to the Divine (Nirvana). Practice pranayama and you will know how to meditate—how to perceive the Divine (Nirvana) and be one with It.

Asana –  Asana is traditionally defined as a “comfortable seat” that is the seated posture used for meditation. More typically now in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga.

Kirtan –  a Sanskrit word meaning “praise” or “eulogy” used to describe a form of call-and-response chanting involving mantras or hymns.

Yoga Nidra – Disturbances in the flow of prana (life energy) cause distress and disease. In the state of Yoga Nidra one can learn to identify the flow of prana and to release obstructions to the flow, maximizing the potential for the body and mind to heal itself.

Our explorations will be interspersed with periods of sitting meditation achieving what the Buddha called the “right concentration” that leads to stilling of all thought and subsequent jhanic attainment.

This workshop is accessible to all; no prior experience with yoga or meditation is required. However, if you are a Buddhist practitioner and wish to take your concentration practice to the next level of direct experience, this training will be invaluable.

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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Why Retreat?

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My last retreat at SMC was so inspiring and so relaxing. But i'd love to have more time there to spend at the Stupa, visit the Kami shrine, and generally interact with the beautiful enlightened society happening on that entire land. Brett

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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.

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