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Pragmatic Dharma

  • Bend of Ivy Lodge 3717 Bend of Ivy Road Marshall, NC, 28753 United States (map)

On this week-long Pragmatic Dharma Meditation Retreat, led by Kenneth Folk and Vincent Hornyou'll have the rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to uninterrupted practice in a community of peers.  This will be a silent retreat with occasional periods of social meditation, so that we can include both our inner and outer experience.  When we practice deeply together, enlightenment becomes a team sport.


Meet the Teachers


Kenneth Folk is an instructor of meditation who has received worldwide acknowledgement for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. After twenty years of training in the Burmese Theravada Buddhist tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw, including three years of intensive silent retreat in monasteries in Asia and the U.S., he began to spread his own findings, successfully stripping away religious dogma to render meditation accessible to modern practitioners. He has been recognized by Wired Magazine as an influential voice in Silicon Valley’s tech culture, a "power player of the mindfulness movement."


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 meditation practice on retreat. 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 and locally in Asheville, North Carolina through the HeartofInsight.Community.  He lives in West Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.


Teaching Examples


Bend of Ivy Lodge & Retreat Center

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. 


Travel Logistics

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:

  1. Asheville Regional Airport (35min drive time to the center)

  2. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (90min drive time)

  3. 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.



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

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Registration Details

The cost of this week-long retreat is $1,200 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.

Cancellation Policy

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 March 15th: $250 processing fee
  • After March 15th: $450 processing fee
  • No refunds after May 18th

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