Awakening the Heart of Love; Autumn Metta Retreat for Everyone

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    Awakening the Heart of Love; Autumn Metta Retreat for Everyone

Oct 19th, 2022

Enjoy 5 days and 4 nights at Bell Valley Retreat in Boonville, California in the heart of the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Gorgeous accommodations, a swimming pond, and six miles of hiking trails on 650-acres weave through the beauty and solitude of rolling oak hills and open meadows. Settle into the serenity of the natural world as we explore what it means to inhabit our lives with a friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity.  


Wednesday to Sunday
October 19 - 23, 2022
Bell Valley Retreat
Boonville, California

Drawing on the teachings of the Buddha, we'll focus on cultivating the capacity to skillfully navigate our everyday lives with loving awareness born from the steady receptive mind, and the courageous wise heart. 

Our practices will include formal lovingkindness (metta)  and mindfulness meditation, the gentle movement practice of qigong, small group practice discussions, time for personal relaxation, daily dharma talks, all within the peace of extensive periods of silence

Depending on conditions, we'll have the option of meeting outside at the expansive outdoor amphitheater or in the light-filled open barn for movement, meditation and dharma talks. There will be ample time for swimming in the pond, enjoying a hot tub, taking a hike, and space for relaxation and connection. 

Bell Valley is located about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco and about 3.5 hours south of Eureka in the Anderson Valley, an area within the Navarro River Watershed – a pristine, sheltered valley surrounded by verdant rolling hills. 

A variety of unique accommodations are available at Bell Valley Retreat. Whether staying in the Toll House, Bunk House, the Barn, Tent Cabins or the Bell Tents, all spaces are designed with attention to aesthetic beauty and connection to the land. 

Choose from private indoor single, semi-private or multi-person bedrooms, or spacious fully furnished luxury tent cabins or glamping tents set on wooden platform decks. Some rooms have private bathrooms, most offer shared bathroom facilities. 

Each spacious tent has an awning covered porch, electricity, and heated twin beds. Bring a friend and share a Bell Tent. They're great for two and plenty spacious for one.

Choose your lodging preference with registration.

Each day our catered vegetarian meals will be nutritious, varied and carefully designed to support contemplative retreat practice. There are kitchens in each accommodation that you're welcome to use anytime if you'd like to bring any favorite items. 

Everyone is welcome. This retreat is suitable for both beginning andseasoned practitioners. We hope you'll join us!

In an effort to support our health and safety, vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this retreat. Please submit a scanned copy or image of your vaccination card or other documentation.

Wednesday to Sunday
October 19 - 23, 2022
Arrive Wednesday, 3:00 to 5:00pm
Retreat Ends Sunday, 11:00am

$1,095 - Shared Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom - Send Inquiry
$1,295 - Private Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom - FULL
$1,380 - Private Tent Cabin, Shared Bathroom - FULL
$1,450 - Barn Shared Room, Shared Bathroom - FULL
$1,550 - Barn Private Room, Shared Bathroom - FULL
$1,395 - Bunk House Shared Room, Shared Bathroom - FULL
$1,550 - Bunk House, Semi-Private Room, Shared Bathroom - FULL
$1,695 - Toll House, Private Room, Private Bathroom - FULL

Optional Deposit to hold your spot: $250
Balance due September 10, 2022

Cancellation Policy

Bell Valley Retreat
12378 Boonville Road
Boonville, CA 95415

Enjoy this beautiful Retreat Guide and video for more details.

The Teaching Team:

Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder and guiding teacher of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering classes, series courses, nature retreats, and resiliency-focused professional programs, and she teaches regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and compassion into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence. 

Heather Lear was born and raised with the dharma in a family of Insight Meditation practitioners. She teaches at the intersection of heart-centered dharma, embodiment practices including Radiant Heart Qigong, community-centered racial awakening and DEI work, and serves as the Program Coordinator at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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