Weekend Women’s Retreat: Happy In the Heart

Weekend Women’s Retreat: Happy In the Heart

Shell Fischer Claymont Court Retreat Center

Shell Fischer

8/24/2018 - 8/26/2018 at Claymont Court Retreat Center, (577 Claymont Mansion Rd, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)

Weekend Women’s Retreat: Happy In the Heart – Practices to Generate Joy

Especially in times of struggle or difficulty, it’s so important that we not lose sight of joy in our lives. As the Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn so often reminds us, “Suffering is not enough.”

In fact, one of the greatest gifts of meditation practice is that it can help us to train our minds and hearts to generate even more joy and happiness in our lives, no matter what circumstances we may be experiencing in any moment.

“The cultivation of happiness is one of the most important skills anyone can ever learn. Luckily, it’s not hard when we know the way to water and nourish those wholesome seeds, which are already there in our consciousness.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The Buddhist teachings in particular not only show us that creating even more joy in our lives is possible, but give us ample instructions about how to do it.

During our time together, we’ll be gently exploring a variety of these teachings and practices, and tapping into the abundance of joy that has been residing all along in the heart, just waiting to be awakened.

In order to nurture a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat, as we experience a variety of dharma talks, silent and guided meditations, and walking meditation on the grounds. 

Meals: The retreat center is committed to using green technology, and most of its excellent organic cuisine is made from fresh, local produce. Guests can enjoy meals in the museum’s stately dining room, airy sunroom, or long outdoor porch – all of which look out onto the grounds. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options are available upon request.

Guest Rooms: The mansion’s comfortable, unique rooms include towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets for guests. **This retreat is limited to 40 participants. 

This venue is not accessible for those with mobility impairments.

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

Retreat Managers: Shell Fischer


Registration Information

Registration will open at 4 p.m. Friday, and end at 3 p.m. Sunday.


$425 Single room with double bed  (limited availability)

$370 Shared room of 2-5 in main level of mansion

$310 Upper or lower levels of mansion

A 50% deposit is required: You have the option of paying the full fee upfront, or making a 50% deposit to reserve your place at the retreat.

For more information and to register, please visit www.mindfulvalley.com




Single room (limited):$425.00
Shared room, main level:$370.00
Upper or lower levels of mansion:$310.00

Any questions? Contact us