The Undivided Heart: Embodying Wisdom & Compassion in a Polarized World
Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, La Sarmiento, Sharon Shelton
5-Day Residential Retreat | April 7-12, 2024
In Person @ The Art of Living Retreat Center | Boone, NC
The Undivided Heart: Embodying Wisdom & Compassion in a Polarized World: Especially in times of global turmoil, it is crucial that we each have pathways to presence, and to remembering our belonging to each other and this living earth. That experience of true refuge is what allows us to engage in our world from love. Please join us this spring in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina as we dedicate time to time-honored practices of mindfulness and heartfulness, to creating beloved community, to spaces of sacred silence, to inner freedom and to the healing of our hurting and precious world.
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The Undivided Heart 5-day retreat will include daily meditation instructions and dharma talks; large and small group inquiry; silent periods for sitting and walking practice; mindful movement; evening chanting. There are also optional yoga classes and beautiful hiking trails. For those interested, Art of Living has wonderful healing resources, including massage, Ayurvedic wellness treatments and more!
Date: April 7-12, 2024
Time: Check-In 4/7 @ 4;00 pm / Check Out 4/12 – Closing Ceremony Ends at 11:30 am (Lunch will be served at 12pm for those who would like to eat before leaving the center.)
Location: The Art of Living Retreat Center | 639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607
Program Tuition: The tuition fees are for programming only and do not include room/board. The Art of Living Retreat center offers several options for these accommodations that you may choose from at the time of registration. We are deeply committed to making these invaluable teachings as widely accessible as possible, particularly to members of underserved and marginalized communities. There are three tuition levels, please choose the one that feels right for you:
- $880 – Benefactor – When you choose this tuition level, your extra contribution helps us to provide financial assistance to those who might not otherwise be able to attend.
- $760 – Base Tuition – This tuition level covers the cost of the program, staff, and teachers. Apply discount code: “BaseTuition” in Program Questions section at registration.
- $620 – Reduced Tuition – This tuition level is for those who are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance to cover the program costs. Apply code: “ReducedTuition” in Program Questions section at registration.
About the Teachers
Tara Brach is a meditation teacher, psychologist and author of several books including international bestselling Radical Acceptance, Radical Compassion and Trusting the Gold. Her popular weekly podcast on emotional healing and spiritual awakening is downloaded 3 million times a month.
Tara is founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and has been active in bringing meditation into schools, prisons and underserved populations. Along with Jack Kornfield, she leads the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP), serving participants from 75 countries around the world. Tara’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. www.tarabrach.com
Jonathan Foust, MA, CSA, is a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and a founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute in Washington. A senior teacher and former president of Kripalu Center, he leads retreats, trainings and classes in the Washington DC area and around the country and works individually with those interested in healing and spiritual awakening. www.jonathanfoust.com
La Sarmiento (they/them) has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998. La is a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, a teacher with Cloud Sangha, and a contributor to the Ten Percent Happier app. They were a retreat teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) for 10 years with Tara Brach and the Guiding Teacher of IMCW’s BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas for 16 years. La was the lead teacher for the Inward Bound Mindfulness Education Virginia Teen Mindfulness Retreats for 7 years. They completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training in 2012 and have taught meditation retreats for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Young Adults around the United States. https://www.lasarmiento.com/
Sharon Shelton discovered meditation and mindfulness when in early recovery from alcoholism in 1997, and has been studying and practicing ever since, beginning with Transcendental Meditation (TM) and now Vipassana for over 15yrs. She completed the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) in 2019, is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher and member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Sharon was also part of the Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6) at Spirit Rock (interrupted by COVID) and received The Three Jewels and the Five Mindfulness Trainings from her teacher, the late Cheri Maples in 2014.
Sharon is a Founding Advisor and Mentor at Cloud Sangha, and a Mentor in the MMTCP program. She regularly offers dharma talks at the Triangle Insight Meditation Community in Durham, North Carolina. Sharon is also on the Board of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, and has been published in both Spirituality & Health and Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Mindfulness Bell Magazines. www.listentoyourlife.com
If you are traveling by air, the closest airport is Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), which is approximately a 2-hour drive from the retreat center. There will be dedicated shuttle buses provided by Art of Living available on the days of arrival and departure. You may purchase a shuttle ticket when you register for the retreat by clicking on the “Optional Items” tab on the registration page. For driving directions and other travel details, visit this link.
Refunds (Lodging and Tuition) are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 15 days before your program or stay. For Lodging cost only – Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between 14 and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following the date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
Program Tuition is Not Refundable after March 23, 2024.