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Heart of Insight

  • Bend of Ivy Lodge 3717 Bend of Ivy Road Marshall, NC, 28753 United States (map)

On this week-long Heart of Insight Meditation Retreat*, led by Emily Horn and Vincent Horn, you'll have the rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to uninterrupted practice in an intimate community of peers.  This will be a silent retreat with twice daily periods of teaching, guided practice, social meditation, and small group discussions with the teachers, all within a small intimate retreat environment.

*This retreat meets the prerequisite requirement for the Mindfulness Teacher Certification program offered by The Awareness Training Institute and Greater Good Science Center via Sounds True.


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Bend of Ivy Lodge

Think Asian Zen elements mixed with a charming restored tobacco barn, all nestled in a nature haven surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges 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. 


Gluten-free & Dairy-free options will be provided for both vegetarians and omnivores. On this retreat omnivores will have a meat-protein option each day at lunch. 

The food will be delicious & healthy, with many of the veggies actually coming from an organic farm that operates on the property.  One of our past retreatants actually complained that the food was so good here that it actually disrupted her concentration!


There are 16 beds available in the main lodge, all of which are in double rooms


Meet the Teachers


Emily Horn is authorized to teach meditation, dharma, and retreats by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA. She has consulted for various meditation and VR apps, developed meditations for Boston Children's Hospital's Comfort Ability Project, and led mindfulness workshops for large national conferences. Emily is a host for the Buddhist Geeks Podcast and leads retreats at Heart of Insight Trainings. Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement" by Wired Magazine. For her, a mindful life 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 the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.


Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers & translators exploring dharma in the age of the network. A computer engineering dropout turned full-time contemplative, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks Podcast, while simultaneously doing a full year, in total, of silent retreat practice. Vincent began teaching in 2010 having been authorized in both the Pragmatic Dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, and by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA, in the Insight Meditation tradition.  Vincent has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.”  He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.

Travel Logistics

Car travel is doable if you live in or near the Southeast United States.  While the retreat center is in a secluded location it's also only 7 miles off of the Interstate 24.

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)

We will not be coordinating any ride sharing to the retreat center from the airport, but there will be time to connect at the end of the retreat to see if anyone needs, or can offer, a ride from the retreat center.


Registration Details

The fee for this week-long event is $1,000 USD.   The fee covers food & lodging.  It does not cover your travel costs or the teachers pay, which operates based on the generosity model. A payment plan is available for those that’d like to stretch their payment out over a few months.

The Generosity Model

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.  There is no recommended amount to donate, as this is very much about the practice of unscripted generosity.  That said, if you’d like to see transparent figures on how much has been donated to past retreats, you can view it here.

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

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 November 22nd: $250 processing fee

  • After November 22nd: $500 processing fee

  • No refunds after February 22nd, 2020


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Earlier Event: October 27
Pragmatic Dharma
Later Event: June 15
Heart of Insight