A Retreat with Lisa Ernst: Cultivating Wise Attention: Awakening into Insight and Emptiness

  • 22 Sep 2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • 26 Sep 2021
  • 12:00 PM
  • Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge
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Cultivating Wise Attention: Awakening into Insight and Emptiness

A Retreat with Lisa Ernst

Wednesday 6PM on September 22, 2021 - Sunday 12 Noon on September 26, 2021

Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge

All of our joys and sorrows, thoughts and feelings arise and fall away in a field of awareness that is clear, expansive and open. In this retreat we will explore how mindfulness, concentration and emptiness support each other. We deepen the capacity to rest in awareness and create a wider container to meet even our most challenging and stressful thoughts and emotions with insight and compassion. These practices also stabilize concentration (samadhi) and strengthen insight (prajna). This retreat is designed to invigorate and nourish, not only our meditation practices, but also our daily activities.

This silent retreat is suitable for all levels of experience. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily instructions, dharma talks and private meetings with the teacher.

This retreat will include a special dharma transmission ceremony for Gareth Young. 


Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher, artist and founder of One Dharma Nashville. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. Lisa has been meditating for over 30 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. She received teaching authorization in the Thai Forest lineage Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfiled and Trudy Goodman. She offers meditation mentoring and teaches daylong and residential retreats nationally at centers such as Spirit Rock, InsightLA and Southern Dharma. As a practicing visual artist Lisa incorporates Dharma into contemplative photography and writing. She lives in Nashville Tennessee with her husband.


Location     Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge

Website for Heartwood - https://heartwoodretreathouse.com/


Schedule  The retreat begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday. A full preliminary schedule can be viewed here.

Accommodation It will be two to a room, with one big room for three.


Meals Three meals a day, plus snacks. These will be vegan and gluten free, with dairy, egg, and grain options.


Cost  The $350.00 cost covers food and lodging... etc. 

Covid Vaccinations All retreat participants must be Fully Vaccinated to attend the retreat, People are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks of the last vaccination. Participants are required to submit a photo of their vaccination card when they register. 


Financial Assistance  One of Red Clay's goals is for every one to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay. To achieve this goal, a scholarship fund has been accumulated from donations from previous retreats and is made available to help pay for those who are unable to do so. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice generosity together.


Payment and Cancellation If you have registered for the retreat but cannot attend, please contact Richard Skoonberg asap. We will be able to make your space available to the waiting list, and if someone is able to step in, will offer a refund.


Dana is the practice of generosity and helps remind us of the fundamental connected nature of life. By supporting our teachers we deepen our own experience on the path of practice while helping them to support others. Teachers generously give their time and energy through listening, sharing and teaching, often without financial reward. Offering dana makes it possible for them to continue their work and is their primary means of support.

In the spirit of this tradition, all participants will have an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution, called dana, at the end of the retreat. Participants often ask what is considered appropriate, but it's hard to provide meaningful guidance. The teaching you receive can be beyond price, but against that, each can and should only give within their own means, and in this regard all are by no means equal. Keep in mind your personal ability to give and what others might be able to contribute. Dana is entirely from the heart.

The Red Clay Sangha membership covers the travel expenses and a small contribution to the teacher. The retreat fees are used exclusively to cover the cost of the facility and food.


Questions or More Information? please contact Richard Skoonberg

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