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The Heart of Insight

A Social Meditation Retreat on Love & Wisdom

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A Social Meditation Retreat on Love & Wisdom

On this week-long retreat, December 2 - 9th, 2017, we’ll be focusing on the development of wisdom through mindfulness practice and the cultivation of love through heartfulness practice. Together, these two styles of practice form The Heart of Insight.

To deepen in relational wisdom the practice of social meditation will be core to our retreat schedule. Social periods will be augmented by silent practice, so that we can include both our inner and outer experience.

This intimate retreat will be held at the Bend of Ivy Lodge just outside of Asheville, North Carolina in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


"Vince & Emily are experimentally reshaping the classic retreat experience to bring it into the 21st century. Highly recommended for the serious practitioner."

- Buddy Griffin, Past Retreat Participant

Meet the Teachers


Emily Horn & Vince Horn
Emily Horn & Vince Horn

Emily Horn & Vince Horn are partners who have spent their adult lives living, training & teaching together. Their training began in the Buddhist meditative tradition, where they've done nearly two years of combined retreat practice.

Emily Horn has been authorized as a meditation teacher by some of the largest meditation centers in the West, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and The Insight Meditation Society. Her core mentors in that tradition are Jack Kornfield & Trudy Goodman Kornfield.

Vince Horn has been authorized to teach in the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk and by Trudy Goodman Kornfield, whose contemplative training is in both the Insight Meditation and Zen traditions.

After 10 years of running the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks project Vince & Emily are currently focused on creating deep training opportunities for the digital age with Meditate.io, raising their 2-year old son Zander, & appreciating their slow & focused lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.


"I attended two retreats lead by Emily and Vince, and both were profoundly transformative for me. The retreat container they create blends harmoniously the discipline of traditional retreats with more social practices essential to contemporary secular life."

- Francis Lacoste, Past Retreat Participant

The Bend of Ivy Lodge & Retreat Center

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

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, quiet woods, and a glade of trees by the river.

"They have managed to strike a balance in their meditative teachings between the pragmatic and profound, between heartfulness and emptiness, between the masculine and the feminine, and between the traditional and innovative."

- Will Hamilton, Past Retreat Participant

"The social meditation sessions have answered a question I've long had about meditation: what about getting along with other people? Finding that I can meditate and embrace other people has been almost mindblowing."

- Francesca Barrientos, Online Program Participant

Here's our claim: A meditation practice that is focused just on your personal experience is no longer sufficient for our time & place. It doesn't include the full richness of our relationships or help us with some of the skills we most need to thrive in the 21st century.

For the past several years we've been learning, and designing, different ways to practice socially. And what we've found is that these social techniques add a whole new dimension to practice. They extend awareness directly into the social field, and allow us to use things like "peer pressure" as a motivator for practice, rather than as something to be feared or avoided.

"The added dimension of social practice and experience sharing creates a warm supportive atmosphere, fostering a deep level of connection between participants, which can extend beyond the end of the retreat, as you become an integral part of an inspiring community of practitioners."

- Lisa Sherman, Past Retreat Participant

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is social meditation like?
Check out a demonstration of several different social meditation techniques here: https://youtu.be/f-IEwS8pSe8
How many people will be on this retreat?
In addition to the teachers, there will be between 15-25 participants on this retreat. We like to keep our retreat format small & intimate so we can maximize our attention to what's arising for each retreatant, and so that you can get a chance to know fellow practitioners.
What kind of contact will I have with the teachers during the retreat?
During the retreat Vince & Emily will be leading the social meditation & teaching periods and will also make themselves available for regular small group & one-on-one meetings.
Are any scholarships or reduced fee spots being offered?
Yes, once the main lodge is full (~15 people) we'll be able open several scholarship spots. If you can't afford the regular retreat fee, please consider filling out this scholarship interest form: https://meditateio.typeform.com/to/SeUmSr