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Heartwood Refuge invites you to join this meditation retreat in North Carolina, USA. During this retreat, you will learn step-by-step instructions on how to use Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation and related Buddhist principles to purify your mind of the mental defilements that mar its naturally spacious, illumined beauty. Moreover, one of the major benefits of the retreat is that, while on retreat, you’re removed from your everyday environment and placed in circumstances that support your spiritual growth.
Heartwood’s facilities include a historic 30-room Victorian-era mansion and additional 30 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. The goal is to nurture all aspects of one’s being.
Heartwood’s focal point is the historic 30-room mansion, built in 1905. The mansion houses one of Heartwood’s three meditation halls, a library, a commercial kitchen, a dining room, a smaller residents’ kitchen, and a community room with comfortable couches for reading or conversation. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. In addition to the mansion, there are two courtyard wings. The bedrooms in these wings have a private bathroom, a study table, and individually controlled heat and air conditioning.
The stand-alone meditation hall has space for 100 people. Retreatants will have access to the services at the Healing Continuum Well-Being Center that launches mid-June 2018.
Note: The rooms are double-occupancy. Depending on the number of retreatants, if single rooms are available, Heartwood Refuge assigns the rooms in order of registration to those who registered the earliest.
Since the Buddha’s teachings stress that genuine enlightenment lies precisely in purity of mind, one of the primary purposes of spiritual practice is to liberate the mind from these defilements and experience Nibbana (awakening) directly.
While immersing yourself in the beauty and simplicity of the Heartwood Refuge Retreat center, this silent meditation retreat’s schedule will include formal sitting meditation, walking meditation, daily dharma talks, specific instructions, question and answer periods, interviews, optional stretch periods, and chanting.
The only pre-requisite for this retreat is you are having a genuine inquisitiveness and call to spiritual life. It is appropriate for all levels of experience including new and more experienced meditators.
On the opening day, the check-in is between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., orientation is at 5:30 p.m., and supper is at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, on the closing day, the program ends at 11 a.m.
Founder and lead teacher of the Asheville Insight Meditation Center, in Asheville, North Carolina, Ronya Banks originally began her meditation practice in 1985, and she has personally spent over a year on silent residential Insight Meditation retreats with over 30 different teachers. In addition to experience as a Theravada Buddhist nun, Ronya is also a graduate of the Spirit Rock & Insight Meditation Society's joint Community Dharma Leader program. She has been teaching for over a decade to people from all over the world. Miss Banks earlier life also included being a business entrepreneur.
This retreat will take place in Hendersonville, a small city in the western mountains of North Carolina, USA.
This group retreat, retreatants are provided three vegetarian meals a day in the dining room. Breakfast typically includes hot 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.
Please bring snacks to share. These may be left on the snack table in the dining hall. You may bring outside food or drink if you like. However, Heartwood Refuge asks that you do not bring food into your rooms. All food should be consumed in the dining room or public spaces. The location is in a rural, wooded area so it’s important to keep rooms free of all food.