2018 Summer Retreat

In 2018 we will be hosting a special multi-week meditation retreat at the Bend of Ivy Lodge in Marshall, North Carolina. 

Attendees can sign-up for either week OR both weeks of the summer retreat.

retreat details

  • Week 1June 24th - July 1st 
    • "Pragmatic Dharma"
    • Kenneth Folk
      & Vincent Horn
  • Week 2: July 1st - July 8th
    • "Loving Awareness"
    • Emily Horn
      & Vincent Horn

Kenneth Folk


Vincent Horn


Emily Horn


Teaching examples

Kenneth Folk, Vincent Horn, & Emily Horn will each be leading different portions of this retreat.  Here are some teaching examples from each of them:


The Space

Think Asian Zen elements mixed with a charming restored tobacco barn, all nestled in a nature haven surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge mountains (a billion+ year old mountain range, among the oldest in the world).   

The Bend of Ivy Lodge facilities provide a comfortable and beautiful place to meditate, sleep, and care for ourselves as we go into retreat.

The land provides a serene and peaceful outdoor space with hiking trails, long mountain views, some local goats, quiet woods, and a glade of trees by the river.  It is a serene environment for meditative adventuring. 


What to Expect

You can expect loads of time to practice each day, as well as plenty of chance to connect with the teachers and fellow practitioners. 

There will be silent times & as well as times for social meditation practice and connecting with one another.  



Car travel is easy, with the retreat center only 6 or so miles off an interstate.

Air travel is possible via the following airports:

  1. Asheville Regional Airport (35min drive time to the center)

  2. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (90min drive time)

  3. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (2hr 10min drive time)





Gluten-free & Dairy-free options will be provided for both vegetarians and omnivores.  Omnivores will have a meat-protein option each day with lunch. 

The food will be delicious & healthy.  Many of the veggies actually come from an organic farm that operates on the property.  


Sign Up

Each week of the retreat costs $1,200 USD.  This fee covers food, lodging, and an administration fee.  It does not cover the teachers pay.  At the end of the retreat you'll have an opportunity to participate in the generosity model, which involves making a donation to the teachers. 

This retreat is put on by The Heart Mind Foundation, an educational 501(c)3 non-profit, so all teacher donations are tax-deductible.

Sign up for the retreat and make a single payment:

Select your Retreat

Pay for the retreat over 3 months:

Payment Plan Options

cancellation policy

Late cancellations make it difficult to give someone else the opportunity to attend. Should you need to cancel, please contact us immediately

There is a cancellation fee that applies for cancelling this retreat. Fees and payments cannot be transferred to another retreat or to
another person. Cancellation fee schedule for this retreat:

  • On or before March 15th: $250 processing fee
  • After March 15th: $450 processing fee
  • No refunds after May 18th