for a weekend of expanding your understanding of meditation, theory
& styles as well as experiential learning through a full day of
rounding. With this course you will learn a variety of different
approaches to personal centering and clearing the mind to promote
personal harmony, self-actualization, stress release and heightened
awareness. We explore different meditation techniques to embrace
various practices and find what works best for different
circumstances and personality types, while developing tools and
training for a sustainable meditation practice. Heartwood provides
the perfect setting as we enjoy the meditation garden, indoor
studio space, labyrinth and the beautiful natural areas of
Heartwood as supportive settings for exploring different modalities
and styles of meditation .
The course will cover:
Core principles, history, science and practices of meditation
Japa Mala meditation
Open awareness meditation
Walking Meditation (Labyrinth)
Pranayama for meditation
Mudras for meditation
Day two of the program is a full day of silent rounding where we reboot our hearts and minds with a full day cycling through restorative gentle movement followed by deep meditation. As the day progresses, personal insight, heightened awareness and regenerative rest is acquired.
This retreat is from 10:30-5:00, but you are invited to join us from 9:00-10:30 for a complimentary yoga class if you wish.
Step back from the overwhelming overload of work, caregiving, chores, expectations, and endless responsibilities to join other women balancing overfilled lives for a weekend devoted to honoring our feminine power, perseverance and divine spirit. Join the women’s circle to unwind and revive our depleted spirits, and fill our empty soul tanks with inspiration, self-care, self-discovery, and self-love. This retreat includes yoga on and off the mat with labyrinth walking, fire ceremony, garden meditation, journaling, Soul collage, gong meditation, great conversation, and more. We will explore how our lives get to be so filled, yet not necessarily “full”, and learn methods to invite peace, harmony and space into our world so we feel more balanced and connected to the things that count most. Our busy lives don’t go away, but we return to them refreshed, renewed and ready to return to the things we must, yet perhaps willing to make changes where we can and should to find a more sustainable relationship with our busy world.
Activities are planned day 1 from 3pm-9pm, Day 2, 9am – 8pm & day 3 from 9am – 12:00. Attendees are provided space and time to reflect and rest during the retreat but we also spend time enjoying introspective activities to learn, grow and share stories with others who understand the unique challenges of being a competent woman in today’s busy world!
This retreat includes all activities with several dynamic leaders as well as art materials and a few take home gifts. Includes 2 dinners (day 1 & 2) 2 breakfasts, (dat 2 & 3) Lunch day 2 and ongoing snacks. Participants are also invited to stay on the property with two nights lodging in comfortable dorm style accommodations (day 1 & 2 nights). Check in time is after 2pm. For those who prefer private accommodations, (must have transportation) single rooms with a bath are available at nearby homes of students in our yoga community (Air B & B style) for an additional fee of 35.00 a night (payable to the host.) There is no discount for those who wish to attend the retreat, yet do not wish to take advantage of our complimentary dorm accommodations. Attendees can schedule massage or bodywork services in advance for an additional fee in Heartwood’s fabulous body work studio.
Retreat Leaders: This retreat is guided by several of Heartwood’s seasoned teachers working together to provide a dynamic, inspirational experience. All mentors are ERYT-500 certified yoga teachers with specialty training, including C-IAYT, LMT & Reiki Masters/Ayurveda Counselors.
This retreat includes a gift journal, retreat guide, pendulumn and other goodies too.
We each have a story to tell and
the act of writing about our lives helps us make sense of our
experiences with loved ones, family, careers, community, personal
struggles, and most importantly, our inner emotional life. Get the
guidance and mentoring of an experienced memoir teacher (MFA in
fiction) to explore where to start and/or how to dig under the
surface into your life story as an act of creativity, self-knowing
and mining the wisdom gained from your own life experiences.
This retreat includes 4 days of mindfulness exercises, expressive art, writing exercises, critique sessions, yoga and plenty of reflecting. We will bask in the inspiration of beautiful Heartwood Retreat Center walking the labyrinth, enjoying restorative and/or other styles of yoga, sit in an award-winning Chakra garden to pen thoughts, gain insight through guided meditations, and each participant will enjoy a relaxing massage in our healing salt room massage studio. This retreat is designed to relax the mind, body and spirit, as we learn to dive deeper into writing our life story.
Memoir writing is less about capturing the events of your life, and more an act of probing the deeper recesses of one’s heart and mind to find connections and meaning in the choices we've made and the direction our paths have taken as life unfolds. Whether you want to write your life story for a more poignant understanding of a particular period of your life, to gain deeper awareness of self, to leave reflective stories behind for future generations, or you want to hone your craft to make your story publication-worthy, this retreat will awaken you to the power of memoir writing from a technical “how to” standpoint as well as process oriented self-discovery. Writing sessions include inspirational exercises and writing prompts to complete during the retreat and elective critique sessions to share and get professional feedback for your writing. Participants are invited to bring up to 5 pages of any work written before the retreat for critique. We will send you an e-mail with writing prompts to spur inspiration before the retreat if you want to get started on a project before joining us.
This retreat is taught Heartwood staff which includes C-IAYT (certified yoga therapists & ERYT-500 teachers), mindfulness coaches, and writing teachers with MFA and publishing credits.
This retreat begins Thursday, April 25th at 3:00 Activities are planned until 8pm. Friday Saturday and Sunday we have activities (and free time) from 9am till 7 or 8 pm.
We conclude formal activities Sunday, April 28th at 8pm. Attendees are invited to join us for Yoga Monday morning if they choose before leaving.
- Includes dorm lodging Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for out of town guests.
- 4 dinners, 3 lunches, and 3 breakfasts, snacks (all food vegetarian, organic with vegan and gluten free options.)
One hour massage for each registered participant. Additional bodywork or longer session can be scheduled for a fee.
- Leather journal gift
- Yoga, meditation and art activities with all materials and supplies
- 6 Writing and Critique sessions
& optional breakout sessions in poetry &
- Transfers to and from Sarasota and Bradenton Airports