17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL 34212                 

Heartwood’s serene facility and diverse holistic and creative programs provide the perfect opportunity for private groups to gather to explore and celebrate the poignancy and promise of life’s transitions. If you book a  private group retreat, we will design a day of heartfelt, relaxing activities for you and your special guests to honor that which you hold dear. Our garden, labyrinth, indoor yoga studio, creative art room, outdoor reflection spaces, and other amenities provide the perfect intimate setting for groups or family to gather for healing, connecting or defining the importance of a life transition. We will work with you to create an enriching, personalized day that combines activities of your choice: writing, art, conversation, group activities, yoga &/or meditation, lineage blessings, etc.. to forge special memories, deeper understanding and respect to the ongoing thread of your life.  Give us pictures, stories or mementos and we will work them in to the day make your event uniquely personal.

Private Group Retreats can be designed to honor any subject, but are often a unique and special way to celebrate milestone events, such as:

  • Celebrating the life of a loved one, current or past
  • Milestone Birthdays
  • Divorce and/or fresh beginnings
  • Beating Cancer or other health challenges
  • Retirement & life transitions
  • Welcoming new family dynamics with a “Blessing way” (baby, marriage, empty nest)
  • Honoring Family lineage & history
  • Women’s friendship circles
  • Enhancing group dynamics & celebrating special interests.
  • Workplace bonding and building positive morale.

Please note county ordinance does not permit us to host traditional parties, so. we do not do weddings, showers, or reunions at Heartwood. While our property has lots of ample entertainment space and is very special -we are not a rental facility. We can, however, share a beautiful retreat experience that will be a truly unique celebration of people gathering for a shared cause.

When you reserve a day for your private group retreat, Heartwood will be exclusively reserved for you and your guests. At least two qualified teachers will host your retreat to provide a diverse, enlightening day of learning, sharing and creative fun.

Heartwood provides all instruction and materials for the day, plus refreshments; fruit, cheese, healthy snacks, coffee and tea. You may bring a platter of sandwiches or whatever you wish to serve according to your food preferences if you wish to serve a meal as part of the day.

Talk to our staff to discuss your vision for a poignant event to honor your life transition. Together we can plan a very special day to honor your milestone.

Private Group Retreats are typically 6 or 7 hours, often scheduled from 10:30 am -4:30 or 5:00 pm. Some weekends we schedule them from 1:00-7:30 pm if an evening ceremony or practice will enhance the experience.  We are happy to discuss flexible hours depending on your circumstances.  A minimum of 10 attendees is required to reserve the day for a private event.   $85.00 per person. The retreat fee includes all activities, lunch, and art materials.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to secure a reservation. We can then begin planning your retreat. We ask you to give us a final accounting of the expected number of attendees a week in advance of the event so we can be amply prepared with supplies and staff. The balance due must also be paid 3
days before the event.

Private Group Retreats

Life becomes spiritual whenever we make it so: when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done.