On this 4-day Embodied Mindfulness Meditation Retreat, led by Emily Horn and Vincent Horn, you'll have the rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to uninterrupted practice in a community of peers. The emphasis of this retreat will be on the integration of mindful investigation with embodied presence. Here, we’ll focus on incorporating the body into practice, not merely as an object to be aware of, but rather as an intimate living presence that we’re aware through.
The Retreat Schedule
This retreat will consistent of periods of formal teachings & practices, along with periods of solo practice and social meditation. The first full day will be silent practice with the 2nd full day including social meditation. There will also be the opportunity to add on a short acupuncture session with Lisa Sherman.
The final schedule may change slightly and will include a yogi work period. All times below are presented in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Thursday, February 21st
7:30pm Retreat Opening, “The Trauma of Being Alive”
Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd
6:00am Wake Up
6:30am Sitting Meditation
8:30am Guided Posture Meditation (Fri) & Embodied Social Noting (Sat)
9:30am Moving Meditation
10:00am Sitting Meditation
10:45am Moving Meditation
11:15am Sitting Meditation
2:00pm Standing Meditation (Fri) & Social Meditation (Sat)
3:00pm Moving Meditation
3:45pm Sitting Meditation
4:30pm Moving Meditation
5:00pm Sitting Meditation
7:15pm Sitting Meditation
8:00pm Qigong (Fri) & Moving Meditation (Sat)
8:30pm Evening Teachings: “What is Body?” (Fri) & “Awakening Presence” (Sat)
9:15pm Rest or Further Practice
Sunday, February 24th
6:00am Wake Up
6:30am Sitting Meditation
8:30am Packing and Preparing to Leave
9:30am Sitting and Retreat Closing
Meet the Teachers
Emily Horn is authorized to teach meditation and retreats by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA. She's consulted for various meditation and VR apps, developed meditations for Boston Children's Hospital's Comfortability Project, and led mindfulness workshops for large national conferences. Emily is a co-founder of the Heart of Insight- a mindfulness practice collective. Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement" by Wired Magazine. For her, a mindful life is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.
Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks project while doing a full year of silent retreat practice. Vince began teaching in 2010 and has been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and by Trudy Goodman, the guiding teacher of InsightLA. Vince teaches meditation virtually through Meditate.io and locally in North Carolina through the Heart of Insight. He lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his partner Emily and their son Zander.
Heartwood Refuge Retreat Center
Heartwood Retreat’s mission is to be a living container for inquiry and cultivation of ancient and contemporary Buddhist thought, while promoting interfaith and multi-lineage dialogue that create the opportunity to awaken. Heartwood is neither defined by a single lineage, nor confined by any single sect or practice.
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.
Three delicious vegetarian meals per day are offered; there are always vegan and gluten free options served for those with dietary restrictions.
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 Refuge has modest, hotel-style rooms. All rooms are designed as doubles with ensuite bathrooms. We can negotiate with the center to utilize some rooms as singles for medical needs. If you request a single room, please explain why you need it, citing your medical needs, sleep disorders, or preferences.
All attendees (yogis) will participate in the practice of “meditation in action” aka “yogi jobs”. Most of the tasks are related to preparing or cleaning up after meals and light housekeeping of common areas. Prior to checkout each yogi will perform light cleaning of their accommodation. Each yogi job is approximately one hour or less in duration. Heartwood staff will work with attendees at check-in to assign yogi jobs appropriate for their abilities and limitations.
Car travel is doable if you live in or near the Southeast. Air travel is possible via the following airports:
Asheville Regional Airport : 25min drive time
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport : 1hr drive time
Charlotte Douglas International Airport : 1hr 45min drive time
We will not be coordinating any ride sharing to the retreat center from the airport, but there will be time to connect at the end of the retreat to see if anyone needs, or can offer, a ride from the retreat center.
The cost of this 4-day retreat is $500 USD. This fee covers food, lodging, and a small administrative fee. It does not cover the teachers pay, which operates based on the generosity model.
The Generosity Model
At the end of the retreat you'll have an opportunity to participate in the generosity model, which involves making a donation to the teachers. There is no recommended amount to donate, as this is very much about the practice of unscripted generosity. This retreat is put on by The Heart Mind Foundation, an educational 501(c)3 non-profit, so all teacher donations are tax-deductible.
Late cancellations make it difficult to give someone else the opportunity to attend. Should you need to cancel, please contact us immediately.
There is a cancellation fee that applies for cancelling this retreat. Fees and payments cannot be transferred to another retreat or to another person. Cancellation fee schedule for this retreat:
On or before October 21st: $150 processing fee
After November 21st : $300 processing fee
No refunds after January 21st