Bloom!...A Springtime Insight Meditation Retreat

  • Inhabiting Our Lives with Intention, Compassion & Joy

    Bloom!...A Springtime Insight Meditation Retreat

Mar 20th, 2019

Enjoy 5 days and 4 nights at Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary among the green rolling hills of far Northern California surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Settling into the serenity of the natural world, and through our contemplative practices we’ll explore what it means to inhabit our lives with Intention, Compassion and Joy. 

Wednesday to Sunday
March 20 to 24, 2019
Garberville, California

The Spring Equinox is a beautiful and poignant time to emerge from the dark of winter into the light and new growth of spring.

Drawing on both Buddhist and secular perspectives and the practices of mindful awareness, we’ll discover our innate capacity to fully open to our lives just they are. In this retreat we will learn to skillfully navigate our challenges by inviting the space for clear intention, greater compassion and more joy. 

Our practices will be supported by meditation, mindful movement and yoga with extended periods of morning and evening silence. The afternoons include group practices with time for relaxation and connection. Each evening we'll gather for a talk and guided meditation.

Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary is located 200 miles north of San Francisco, about an hour drive outside of the town of Garberville. This secluded center is tucked into the hills of Humboldt County where peace and solitude abound. With a gorgeous meditation temple, yoga barn, indoor-outdoor dining lodge, hot tub and sauna, it’s a perfect place to settle in, unwind and replenish.

The newly renovated modern eco-lodging includes space for shared indoor camping, shared rooms for two, single standard rooms with twin beds in either a dormitory style building, individual cabinettes or bungalows. A few upgrades to larger rooms with queen beds are also available. The choice is yours. All lodging is supported with shared bathroom facilities.

The Heartwood Lodge Kitchen prepares the freshest farm-to-table fare, grown right on site. The culinary staff creates nourishing menus with seasonal farm fresh produce, merging the best of old world haute cuisine and new world innovation. Our first meal together will be Wednesday dinner, and our last meal will be a Sunday breakfast. Snacks, tea and coffee are available anytime. The chef is happy to reasonably accommodate those with food restrictions.

Everyone is welcome! This retreat is suitable for both beginning and seasoned practitioners. We hope you'll join us during this very special time of year!

Wednesday to Sunday
March 20 to March 24, 2019
Arrive Wednesday, 2:00 to 4:30pm
Retreat Ends Sunday, 11:00am
Location & Directions:

$825 to $1129, All Inclusive


Fees do not include transportation to and from the retreat center.

No refunds after March 4, 2019

The Teaching Team:

Heidi Bourne is a mindfulness meditation teacher who has been guiding groups and individuals since 2005. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA, is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years.

Laurie Cousins is a mindfulness meditation teacher with special expertise in mindful self-compassion, addiction and recovery from trauma for children, teens and families. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and UCSD. Laurie is a lead teacher for Susan Kaiser Greenland's Inner Kids Program and is the Family Programming Advisor at the La Maida Institute in Los Angeles.  

Jen Wallace is a mindfulness meditation teacher that has specialized in trauma recovery and resiliency in her work with law enforcement, victim advocacy and support agencies, and the recovery community in Seattle. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Jen is a provisionally certified trainer for the Trauma Resource Institute’s Community Resiliency Model and has also attended their Trauma Resiliency Model Level 1 and Level 2 courses.

Janine Melzer teaches Forrest Yoga as a way to support and inspire students to become their most genuine selves. She is passionately committed to getting people turned on to embodying spirit in their yoga practice and in their lives. Janine asks her students to bring a willingness to work honestly at their edges without struggling, clearing the way to find delight in every breath.

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