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Silent Meditation Retreat: October 11 – 15, 2017

Cultivating the capacity to be resilient during challenging times is an important part of spiritual practice. During this retreat, we will use Buddhist teachings and meditation practice to work with adversity so that it is not a problem but an opportunity. By dealing with adversity skillfully, the door to your true spiritual nature will open, allowing you to experience peace, love, and connection to all.

What you will learn at this retreat:

  • How to uncover challenging energies
  • How to accept the present and the changing future
  • How to use the Four Noble Truths and other tools to work with challenges
  • How to access the unconditioned spaciousness of your true nature
  • And much more…

Retreat Details

This residential silent meditation retreat takes place over four nights and five days. The daily schedule involves periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and body awareness practices. The teacher will offer dharma talks and meetings with retreatants.

The retreat is appropriate to those new to retreats as well as those with more retreat experience. All are welcome.

The Teacher

Ronya Banks

Ronya Banks has been a veteran of daily meditation practice for the past 31 years. She has been teaching Insight Meditation for the past 10 years, and she was trained in the Spirit Rock/IMS “Community Dharma Leader” training program. Over the span of many years, she has sat on numerous meditation retreats with over 30 different Vipassana teachers from all over the world.

In 2010, Ronya Banks became the founder and lead teacher of Asheville Insight Meditation, a thriving Insight spiritual community in Asheville, North Carolina. She has led several AIM silent residential meditation retreats in the Southeast USA. Her eclectic, easy-going teaching style is characterized by her love for intensive practice and the vast body of Theravada Buddhist teachings. Read more about Ronya »

Retreat Details

Heartwood Refuge

The retreat will be held at the beautiful Heartwood Refuge Retreat Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The retreat center offers both single occupancy and double occupancy rooms.

The dormitory rooms each have their own private bathroom/shower and are located in a building separate from the meditation building.

  • Meals: Vegetarian. Inquire about any food restriction needs via the contact information below.
  • Linens: Provided.
Registration Fee

The cost is for room and board only. The payment of the teacher is dana-based through your generosity.

Payment plans are available for those with financial need. Both credit cards and checks are accepted.

  • Double occupancy: $255
  • Single occupancy: $340

You may register and pay for the retreat by visiting the Retreat Calendar page at Heartwood Refuge’s website. Scroll down to the October 18th entry for the Resiliency with Adversity and Beyond retreat and click on that entry, then click on the “Register” button on the pop-up page. REGISTER NOW »

**Note**: Our last retreat filled up very quickly, so register early to ensure your spot.


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