On this week-long Heart of Insight 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. This will be a silent retreat with twice daily periods of teaching, guided practice, discussion, and social meditation, all within a small intimate retreat environment.
*This retreat meets the prerequisite requirement for the Mindfulness Teacher Certification program offered by The Awareness Training Institute and Greater Good Science Center via Sounds True.
Meet the Teachers
Emily Horn is authorized to teach meditation, dharma, 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 Comfort Ability Project, and led mindfulness workshops for large national conferences. Emily is a host for the Buddhist Geeks Podcast and leads retreats at Heart of Insight Trainings. 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 the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.
Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into contemporary code. A computer engineering dropout turned full-time contemplative, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks Podcast, while simultaneously spending a full year, in total, on silent meditation retreats. Vincent began teaching in 2010 and has since been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, as well as by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA, in the insight meditation tradition.
Vincent is currently the President of Buddhist Geeks, a 501(c)3 educational non-profit, where he serves as one of the hosts of the Buddhist Geeks Podcast, the primary facilitator of the Pragmatic Dharma Training, an online program for people who want to accelerate their awakening, and co-leads several in-person meditation retreats each year. He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner of all partners Emily Horn and their 4 year-old son Zander.
Bend of Ivy Lodge
Think Asian Zen elements mixed with a charming restored tobacco barn, all nestled in a nature haven surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.
The Bend of Ivy Lodge facilities provide a comfortable and beautiful place to meditate, sleep, and care for ourselves as we go into retreat.
The land provides a serene and peaceful outdoor space with hiking trails, long mountain views, some local goats, quiet woods, and a glade of trees by the river. It is a serene environment for meditative adventuring.
Gluten-free & Dairy-free options will be provided for both vegetarians and omnivores.
Omnivores will have a meat-protein option each day at lunch.
The food will be delicious & healthy, with many of the veggies actually coming from an organic farm that operates on the property.
There are 16 beds available in the main lodge, all of which are in double rooms.
Car travel is doable if you live in or near the Southeast. While the retreat center is in a secluded location it's also only 7 miles off of the Interstate 24.
Air travel is possible via the following airports:
Asheville Regional Airport (35min drive time to the center)
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (90min drive time)
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (2hr 10min 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 fee for this week-long event is $1,100 USD. The fee covers food & lodging. It does not cover your travel costs or the teachers pay, which operates based on the generosity model. A payment plan is available for those that’d like to stretch their payment out over a few months.
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. That said, if you’d like to see transparent figures on how much has been donated to past retreats, you can view it here.
This retreat is put on by Buddhist Geeks, 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 November 22nd: $300 processing fee
After November 22nd: $600 processing fee
No refunds after February 22nd, 2020