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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8 Week Course (MBSR)

  • Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  • 159 Osceola rd Hendersonville, NC
  • Feb 5 - Apr 2, 2019 (57 days)
  • $240.00 - plus dana (offered at the end of the retreat) to the teacher and to Heartwood. You can read more about the practice of dana here. $280.00 - your spouse may attend with you for an additional $40, if you both use the same manual

About This Event

This 8-week, 10-session, MBSR course is based on systematic and intensive training in mindfulness meditation and mindful Hatha yoga and their applications to everyday life. Course consists of orientation, 8 two-hour weekly classes, and one full day retreat.

The MBSR curriculum focuses on the experiential cultivation of both formal and informal mindfulness practices as a foundation for the cultivation of positive health behaviors and psychological and emotional resilience. These practices can be effectively used on a daily basis for the remainder of one’s life. The approach supports the learning, strengthening and integration of a range of mindfulness-based self-regulatory skills while developing and refining inherent internal resources. A primary aim of the program is to cultivate ways of learning and being which can be utilized far beyond the completion of the program.

Customized manual will be included with the course.

Recommended reading:  “Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life”

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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