5-Day Retreat: Opening the Heart

Sevenoaks Retreat Center Ruth King Mary Aubry Shell Fischer

Ruth King, Mary Aubry and Shell Fischer

7/20/2017 - 7/24/2017 at Sevenoaks Retreat Center, (403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA, 22727) (Map It)

Opening the Heart in the Divine Abodes

2 p.m. Thursday, July 20–2 p.m. Monday, July 24, 2017

During this 5-day silent retreat at the beautiful Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Madison, VA, we will explore the Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes–four practices that open and nurture the heart.

In the Buddhist teachings, these four practices–loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity–are considered the highest qualities of heart and emotional wellbeing.

On our retreat, we’ll not only begin to sense into these qualities of heart, but practice abiding and dwelling in them as well. Over time, these practices can become our true home, as well as the atmosphere in which we deepen our mindfulness practice and intimacy with life.

Venue: Sevenoaks Retreat Center is located on 120 acres of secluded forest land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with ample walking trails in the woods and gardens.

The property is expansive, largely wooded, bordered by the Rapidan River, and surrounded by outstanding views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Shamans who have regularly visited Sevenoaks describe the land as “spiritually seasoned". Simply put, it feels good to be at Sevenoaks.

The featured building is Lighthouse, which offers a spacious, light-filled 52-foot-diameter circular meeting space and meditation hall–with beautiful views and resting spots on the 2nd-story circular porch.

Located in Central Virginia, Sevenoaks is easily accessible by car from large cities and airports, reachable in about 90 minutes from Winchester, less than two-hours from Washington D.C., 75 minutes from Richmond, or 30 minutes from Charlottesville.

Meals: Sevenoaks offers gourmet dining, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus, and can accommodate most special dietary needs. Whenever possible, the retreat center cooks with fresh ingredients from its organic garden.

Please find more information about retreats in our Resource section/Residential Retreat Information.

Retreat Manager: Bonnie Riley Porter, Glen Harrison


Registration Information

Registration will open March 20, 2017. 

Please do a separate registration for each yogi. We want to know about each one of you!


Camping $535

Camping with shared bath (towels provided). Tent campers need to provide their own tents, bedding, tarps, rain fly, etc.

Dorm/multi: $635

Rooms are multiple-occupancy, with 2-4 twin beds and shared bathrooms.

50% deposit required:  You have the option of paying the full fee upfront or making a 50% deposit to reserve your place at the retreat, with balance due upon arrival.

Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers and retreat managers receive no payment. The above cost covers room and board only. Donations offered by students at the end of the retreat are appreciated and support the teachers and retreat managers in continuing to make the teachings available to all. Dana offerings are tax-deductible.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please register and choose the "Pay by Check" option if you are unable to pay a deposit at this time. Then submit the Scholarship Application (find here) to Anne Adams Green, Administrator. You will be notified of the award amount via email. If you still need to pay your deposit to IMCW, you will be sent instructions on how to make a payment. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than four weeks before the start of the retreat, your deposit will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than four weeks before the retreat unless we are able to fill your space. If we are able to fill your space, the administrative fee will be $100 and the balance will be refunded. There is no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early. You have the option to receive a refund check or to offer the balance of the registration fee as a tax-deductible donation to the IMCW Scholarship Fund. Please contact us to specify your preferences.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please note any special accessibility needs in the comments section of the registration form.

Please note: If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager listed.


Base price:$535.00

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