The Heart's True Refuge: Finding Freedom in Compassionate Presence ~ Scholarship Eligible ~ Online Option
About This Event
True refuge is turning toward our experience and finding freedom in the way things are. This silent retreat will provide time to give our hearts and minds a respite during these challenging and often chaotic times. We will cultivate a quality compassionate presence that embraces our joys and sorrows with equanimity and insight. Through these practices, we begin to dissolve the illusion of separateness and taste the joy of interconnectedness to all things.
This retreat, held mostly in silence, will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily instructions and dharma talks, q&r and optional meetings with the teacher. All levels of experience are welcome.
Venue HighlightsHeartwood’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.
AccommodationsRooms 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
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineThree 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.
DirectionsHeartwood 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.
Reviews To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).
Kaitlin Burke October 18, 2020
Thank you so much, Heartwood. I laid down so much in those three days. I felt so held & taken care of from bed to food to the boundless hearts of residents and nuns there! It’s an incredible place. Please experience Heartwood for yourself!
Marika M September 09, 2020Fierce Compassion & Contemplative Community
What I appreciated most about Heartwood Refuge was the palpable sense of generosity & determined support at the center. The staff, residential community, guiding teachers, and the natural environment it is situated in served as inspiration to deepen my personal practice whilst keeping the focus on how my practice can be of service to others--it's seen in action at this welcoming heritage that is not short on smiles, laughter, community response, and engaged dharma.
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