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“Equanimity is the liberating quality that allows us to keep our hearts open and balanced, quiet and steady, in the midst of all change.”

—Narayan Liebenson

Considered the “Highest Happiness and Peace” in Buddhism, Equanimity is a liberating quality that can be developed as part of your spiritual practice. During this retreat, we will systematically explore the Seven Factors of Enlightenment and related mindfulness practices which can lead us to experiencing a lasting state of equanimity.

This weeklong, silent meditation retreat’s schedule will include formal sitting meditation, walking meditation, daily dharma talks, specific instructions, Q&A periods, interviews, and chanting.

The retreat will be held at the beautiful Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The Teacher

Ronya Banks

Ronya Banks is the founding teacher at Asheville Insight Meditation, an Insight Meditation community in Asheville, North Carolina. Ronya has practiced daily meditation for over 33 years, and she has been a meditation teacher for over 11 years. She has attended over a year’s worth of meditation retreats with more than 30 internationally known Vipassana teachers.

Ronya is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leader training program. She practiced renunciation for a period as a Theravada Buddhist monastic. Her eclectic, easy-going teaching style is informed by her love for intensive meditation practice as well as the vast body of Theravada Buddhist teachings.

Retreat Details

  • Dates: October 20 – 27, 2019
  • Cost: $700 (does not include dana for the teacher)


Register for the retreat at the Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center website.


For more information or assistance, contact the Heartwood Retreat Manager at retreat@heartwoodrefuge.org.