The Dharma of Everyday Living: Exploring the Relational and Emotional aspects of Mindfulness

About This Event

The Dharma allows us to open to the truth of our shared and embodied humanity. It provides guidance towards a happiness of being that doesn’t depend on external conditions. Many practitioners find it challenging to bring their Mindfulness practice off the cushion and into the beautiful and messy world of human relationships. Our connection with others can lead to our greatest joy and sense of meaning and purpose. It can also be the source of our greatest suffering and can have tremendous consequences on our emotional life. Our emotions can become destructive if we are lost in the grips of anger, fear, sadness and overwhelm. In today’s world, many people can find it difficult to remember inherent interrelatedness. The fundamental understanding and its embodiment, is the gateway to compassion, kindness, gratitude and equanimity.

This retreat will be an opportunity to use Mindfulness practice to create a deeper connection and understanding of our hearts and minds. The practices and teachings will offer a comprehensive system of training to bring our practice of Mindfulness and Dharma into all areas of our lives. This will allow us to uncover a happiness of being that is supported by a deeper intimacy with all of life.

NOTE: This retreat will be held primarily in silence. There will be extended periods of silent practice as well as group process held in a container of kind awareness. There will be sessions of guided meditation practices, Dharma teachings, relational mindfulness, and time for Q&A. All meals and personal time will be held in silence.

This retreat is appropriate for beginners and long-term practitioners.

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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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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