We're looking to connect with the urban yogis, mindful parents, & buddhist geeks out there who have been looking for a community of practice that can meet them.
If you're interested in practicing together in Charlotte, NC, please share your contact info below and we'll be in touch soon about our 1st official meeting of the Charlotte Heart of Insight.
Our Intention & Approach
Our aim is to support meditators who want to deepen their practice. We've found that starting off with a regular practice group and building from there is a good way to begin.
Our approach is influenced strongly by the Buddhist meditative traditions of Theravada/Insight, Zen, & Vajrayana, as well as by Secular Mindfulness. We call this a Buddhist-Mindfulness approach. Others have called it "spacious buddhism" or "integral dharma." We don't really care what it's called, so long as it works.
Help us find a space
We're also looking for a space to connect in. One that can hold at least 30-50 people comfortably, has chairs to sit in, is centrally located in Charlotte. If you have any leads on such a place, please let us know!
A little more about us
Emily Horn develops programs and support structures for people dedicated to living a whole-hearted life in the modern world. She's authorized to teach meditation by Spirt Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA. Emily was personally mentored by Jack Kornfield, P.h.D and Trudy Goodman, P.h.D. She's also worked in various contemplative education environments including Buddhist Geeks and is now a co-founder of the Heart of Insight Community. Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement" by Wired Magazine. For her, the spiritual journey is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.
Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. A computer engineering dropout turned modern monk, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks podcast while doing a full year of silent meditation practice on retreat. Vince began teaching in 2010 and has been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and by Trudy Goodman Kornfield, the guiding teacher of InsightLA. Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” Vince is one of the co-founders of the Heart of Insight and lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.