Spiritual Practice for a Chaotic World~ Live Online Zoom Retreat

About This Event

Shelter in Place - Home Retreat

with Ronya Banks

Just as a lotus flower grows out of the mud, blooming into the world with its brilliance and beauty, we too can use the mud of our isolation during these scary times of the Coronavirus crisis to deepen and “Plumb the Depths of our Spiritual Practices”.

Join Ronya Banks, Asheville Insight Meditation center’s founding teacher as she leads you in a silent, meditation retreat, streamed live into your home on your computer via Zoom, Thursday evening, April 2 – Sunday morning, April 5th.

During our precious time together, Ms. Banks will offer you rich and applicable meditation and dharma instruction you can use to buoy you up during our time of chaos and uncertainty, and to deepen your practice in a way that will change not only how you relate to crisis, but how you relate to yourself, the world, and your home practice.

This silent retreat will include periods of guided meditations, dharma talks, Q & A periods, and a meeting with the teacher.  You will also have chunks of time during the day for walking meditation and the freedom to design your own retreat practice schedule. 

All you need is your computer, a chair, a place to walk in your home or outside, and your aspiration to go inside - deeper than you’ve possibly ever gone before.

Let's awaken - together!

Sponsored by the Heartwood Refuge Retreat Center, you can Sign up for the retreat at the incredibly reduced rate of only $152 HERE



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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