A pathway to discovery and personal growth
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL 34212
Heartwood Retreat Center was originally an outreach facility of a yoga studio in Sarasota called Heartwood Yoga that we had opened in 2010. The retreat center was designed as a place for students seeking yoga teacher certification to have a more inspirational training experience. As the facility grew and developed, more individuals wanted to enjoy the healing nature of the grounds, so we offered select classes to the public and added day retreats, meditation, and writing & spiritual arts programs. In 2017, we passed the mantle of ownership of the studio in town to one of our esteemed students so we could focus full time on the retreat center activities. The school became an independent enterprise and the name changed to Bhavana Yoga.
Heartwood Retreat Center is owned by Ginny and David Shaddock. The couple designs and builds all the creative inviting areas of Heartwood from the garden and labyrinth to the permaculture garden, shamanic wheel and little details all around. They consider the property "living art", continually adding new elements to spark one's curiosity and enjoyment as they visit to engage in their personal spiritual journey.
At Heartwood we celebrate spirituality and the grand diversity of yoga - not only on the mat, but on the page, in the garden, through authentic connections to the natural world and our relationships, and by reflecting and embracing gratitude and grace.
Workshops and Retreats
Creative Writing & Expressive Art
Yoga Teacher Training
Reiki Master's Program &
Free journaling and Walking the Labyrinth workshops and other spiritual awareness programs for our community.