Fall Insight Meditation Retreat for Everyone

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    Fall Insight Meditation Retreat for Everyone

Oct 21st, 2021

Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights at Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary among the breathtaking vistas and green rolling hills of far Northern California. Settle into the serenity of the natural world as we explore what it means to inhabit our lives with Intention, Compassion and Joy. 

Thursday to Sunday
October 21 - 24, 2021
Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary 
Garberville, California

Drawing on the perspectives of both Buddhist practices and secular mindfulness, we'll focus on cultivating the capacity to skillfully navigate our everyday lives with loving awareness, confidence, and wisdom.

Our practices will include meditation, the gentle movement practice of qigong, small group practice discussions, time for personal relaxation, dharma talks, and extensive periods of silence. 

Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary is located 200 miles north of San Francisco, about an hour drive outside of the town of Garberville on a winding road. This secluded center is tucked into the hills of Humboldt County where peace and solitude abound. With a gorgeous meditation temple, 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 offers private rooms in a common building, individual bungalows, as well as larger rooms with queen beds. The choice is yours. All lodging is supported with shared bathroom facilities. Additionally, the terrain at the Heartwood is hilly with gravel paths with some gentle stairs. The residential buildings require about a 10 minute walk to the dining lodge and the meditation temple. For some, walking poles may be helpful.

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 Thursday dinner, and our last meal will be 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. 

Thursday to Sunday
October 21 - 24, 2021
Arrive Thursday, 2:00 to 4:30pm
Retreat Ends Sunday, 11:30am
Location & Directions:
Please be aware that the last 20 miles of the drive is along a winding two-lane road. It normally takes about an hour to drive this portion of the road.

$970 to $1,095, All Inclusive

In anticipation of this in-person retreat, all participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the start of the retreat, October 7, 2021. Additionally, please submit a scanned copy or image of your vaccination card or other documentation.



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. In addition, 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. Heidi has a background in nursing, has been a small business owner since 1988, and lives in northern California with her family.


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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