The Joy of Collective Awakening ~ Zoom Online with residential zoom option.

About This Event

In this time of disruption, we have compounding challenges internally and globally causing heightened anxiety and overwhelm for many. Alongside these challenges, many of us sense the invitation for collective awakening that is calling us.  We will begin this online retreat using body awareness meditation to ground our attention. We will focus on the joys of body-centered meditation practices and mindful inquiry to take us beyond the limiting beliefs that hold our suffering in place. Then ritual, relational mindfulness, and deep time in nature we will connect with the joy in being present with ourselves, the natural world, and with others. Through these practices, we come to know the natural experience of joy, resilience, and courage in ourselves and in spiritual friendship with each other dedicated to collective awakening. 



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.

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Kaitlin Burke   October 18, 2020

      Absolutely Amazing

    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, 2020

      Fierce 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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