Introduction to Offering and Ritual Practice

  • Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  • 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739
  • Mar 1 - 3, 2019 (3 days)
  • This is a dana based retreat. You can read more about the practice of dana here.

About us

This is an introduction to Vajrayana practice as skillful method.

Rituals are a feature of all known human societies. While Buddha reminded us that spiritual rituals cannot replace actual cultivation, he approved of their use to gladden and stabilize the mind in momentary goodness. Rituals are a “reminder” of our intentions that can transform the structure of appearances and create positive habitual tendencies in the mind. An example is when he allowed his disciples to offer formal (verbal) taking of “refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha” or the recitation that came to be known as the Metta sutta. He is often depicted using various hand gestures, purposefully. So, join us in ancient and contemporary exploration of mantra, mudra, visualization, music, and art from several different spiritual traditions. Plan to be inspired as you get out of the head and into the feeling of unity, joy and awakeness. Increase your capacity for happiness, compassion, acceptance and ardour for practice.  This is a dana based retreat.

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.


  • 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.


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.


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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Introduction to Offering and Ritual Practice

at Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center

  • Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 3, 2019 (3 days)


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Why Retreat?

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

After having just completed my RYT 200 I have been inspired to further my yoga journey and my own personal journey inward. I have fallen in love with yoga and how it has changed my life and I just want to continue to explore so I can share this beautiful gift with as many as possible. Jessica

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.

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