Self-Directed and Long-Term Retreats

Open Dates
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Make time for yourself and your practice in a supportive and peaceful contemplative environment. Entering into a self-directed or long-term retreat allows you to design a program that best meets your needs and schedule. This could be an intensive silent meditation retreat, or it could be a more gentle meditation […]

The Four Infinite and Divine Dwellings (Appamaññā Brahma-vihāra)

with Bhikkhu Samāhita

August 21 - 25, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Systematic meditation and thus gradual development of Friendliness (Mettā), Compassion (Karunā), Rejoicing Joy (Muditā), and Equanimity (Upekkhā) are 4 of the 40 classic meditation objects taught by the last Buddha Gotama.[..].

Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte Retreat

with IMCC

September 20 - 22, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Private Retreat.

Concentration, Jhana, and Breath – 9 Night Retreat

with Shaila Catherine

October 4 - 13, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This retreat will utilize the breath as the primary meditation object and will encourage the development of meditative skills that lead to deep concentration (samadhi) and insight (vipassana). Daily group instructions will focus on [...]

Cultivating Equanimity & Peace

with Ronya Banks

October 20 - 27, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Considered the “Highest Happiness & Peace” in Buddhism, Equanimity is a liberating quality that can be developed as part of your spiritual practice. During this retreat, we will systematically explore the Seven Factors of Enlightenment and related mindfulness practices[…]

Finding Our Balance Amidst the 8 Worldly Winds

with John Orr

October 31 - November 3, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
During the course of our lives we all experience many ups and downs. The Buddha named eight experiences that we may be familiar with called  “The Worldly Winds.” They are: Pleasure and Pain, Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Fame and Disrepute. These 8 winds and experiences blow within and all around each of us. No one experiences only pleasure without experiencing some form of  physical or emotional pain. Sometimes we experience gain in our lives and at other times we experience loss. People may praise and then on the other hand they may blame us. In our popular culture…

A Journey Inward – Exploring the Five Faculties

with Tuere Sala

November 7 - 10, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
This journey towards inward awakening asks more of us than force of will. It is a gradual unfolding of understanding and equanimity. The engine behind this gradual unfolding are the five faculties. The five faculties are faith (or conviction), energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom. Together they gradually turn the wheel of dharma […]

Master Cleanse Detox Retreat

with Heartwood Health Team

November 13 - 20, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Master Cleanse, also called the Lemonade Diet was first introduced by Stanley Burroughs in the 1950s. He was an early advocate of natural health, and believed in the body’s natural ability to heal itself, as presented in his book The Master Cleanser. People have reported chronic health problems they have suffered with for years vanish after using the Master Cleanse. Why Might You Want To Go On the Master Cleanse? It is well known that people today lead toxic lifestyles. Our foods are loaded with chemicals, the air is polluted, and daily lives are so busy and loaded with…

Fast Mimicking Detox Retreat

with Heartwood Health Team

November 13 - 20, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Fasting Mimicking Detox Heartwood Healing Continuum has adopted the product called Prolon as our fast mimicking detox program as there is al ot of research connected with this product and it is very convenient to use. Prolon is a program that includes soups, snack bars, crackers and drinks that can be consumed over 5 days in order to follow the Fast Mimicking Detox (FMD) as designed by the researchers. This program consists of fairly conventional food, supplements and teas. Benefits of the Fasting Mimicking Detox Enhance the body’s ability to: Enter into a protective and stress resistant mode Trigger autophagy…

Juice Detox Retreat

with Heartwood Health Team

November 13 - 20, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
The Juice Fasting Retreat is an oasis where you will be able to draw physical, mental and spiritual refreshment in a peaceful environment away from the demands of your regular daily life and sheltered from the challenges and struggles of the materialistic world. Come experience the power of this holistic rejuvenation program. This retreat is designed to create better all-round health and relaxation. It will to give you tools to take charge of your own physical and emotional health. You will leave feeling more energized, struggling less with weight problems, with new tools to help kicking bad habits, with the…

Water Fasting Retreat

with Heartwood Health Team

November 13 - 20, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
"Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work.  The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.  Our food should be our medicine.  Our medicine should be our food.  But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness."  - Hippocrates "Instead of using medicine, rather, fast a day."    - Plutarch Fasting for spiritual and health purposes is widely practiced all over the world, and is still a part of every major religion in the world. Jesus, Buddha, Muhammed and Baha’u’llah all…

Dharmacharya Retreat

with Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

November 24 - December 1, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Open only to students in ministerial program

Training the Heart, Lifting Your Voice: From Self-Doubt to Service

with Acharya Christie Bates and Erin Rae

December 5 - 8, 2019
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Creative practice is spiritual practice, and because there is a need for light in the world, creativity is generosity. Creatives of all types – artists, writers, singers, speakers – grapple at times with the human experience of fear, self-doubt and toxic levels of self-criticism[…]

Entering Into the Divine Abodes with the Tamer of Men and the King of Love

with Venerable Pannavati

December 27, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Through touching the lives and teachings of Siddhartha the Buddha and Jesus the Anointed One, we can experience a unified expression of wisdom, compassion, joy and peace not accessible by mere reasoning alone. If you have felt out of place or uncomfortable as a Buddhist who loves Jesus or as a Christian who has guilt over "leaving God" and seek a path towards reconciling what you know directly to be true, this retreat is for you![...]

Retreat with Bhikkhu Bodhi

July 16 - 19, 2020
Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
Bhikkhu Bodhi will be leading a retreat here at Heartwood. Details TBD