It would be idle to say that life is a steady progression in happiness. But it is most certain that in the natural course of things a healthy soul grows continually richer until its latest day on earth. ~George S. Merriam

rejuvenating Retreats 

Retreats are designed to revitalize, explore new ideas and to feel connected to your best self. Our serene day retreats offer an intimate, organic experience where the inspirational grounds of Heartwood and deeply committed mentors take you worlds away from your stressed life before returning to your personal accommodations. Retreats for longer than one day include complimentary dorm style lodging for those who wish to stay on site. 

Cutting Ties: Release and Renew Retreat

A day devoted to letting go and moving on from negative relationships or experiences.
Next event TBA


Even when our lives venture down new paths (whether it is by choice or not) we often carry the baggage of the past with us, loading us down and making every step we take feel cumbersome and insecure. The best way to move forward its to shed our burden and cut ties with a negative past. This retreat is designed to refresh the spirit and  help us move on with a ceremony designed to energetically cut ties with people or experiences from our past . Let go of depression, fear, or feelings of loss or hurt, and invite a fresh beginning into your life. Make an event out of your commitment to live a happy and fulfilled life beginning here and now!


This retreat includes gentle yoga, meditation, creative projects, and time for reflection and sharing, all building up to our ceremonial fire ceremony where we will be letting go of the ties that don't serve us.


Retreat Fee : $60.00 - includes a full day of instruction, materials, and inspiration. Refreshments provided.



Women Unwinding – A Weekend Retreat For Women Who Do Too Much!
Feb. 16, Saturday 3:00 pm – Feb. 18, Monday 12:00 noon 


Step back from the overwhelming overload of work, caregiving, chores, expectations, and endless responsibilities to join other women balancing overfilled lives for a weekend devoted to honoring our feminine power, perseverance and divine spirit. Join the women’s circle to unwind and revive our depleted spirits, and fill our empty soul tanks with inspiration, self-care, self-discovery, and self-love.   This retreat includes yoga on and off the mat with labyrinth walking, fire ceremony, garden meditation, journaling, Soul collage, gong meditation, great conversation, and more.   We will explore how our lives get to be so filled, yet not necessarily “full”, and learn methods to invite peace, harmony and space into our world so we feel more balanced and connected to the things that count most. Our busy lives don’t go away, but we return to them refreshed, renewed and ready to return to the things we must, yet perhaps willing to make changes where we can and should to find a more sustainable relationship with our busy world.

Feb. 16 – 18, Activities are planned for Saturday 3pm-9pm, Sunday 9am – 7pm & Monday, (Presidents Day) from 9am – 12:00. Attendees are provided space and time to reflect and rest during the retreat but we also spend time enjoying introspective activities to learn, grow and share stories with others who understand the unique challenges of being a competent woman in today’s busy world!

This retreat includes all activities with several dynamic leaders as well as art materials and a few take home gifts. Includes 2 dinners (Saturday & Sunday) 2 breakfasts, (Sunday& Monday) Lunch on Sunday and ongoing snacks. Participants are also invited to stay on the property with two nights lodging in comfortable dorm style accommodations (Saturday & Sunday nights). Check in time is Saturday after 2pm.  For those who prefer private accommodations, (must have transportation) single rooms with a bath are available at nearby homes of students in our yoga community (Air B & B style) for an additional fee of 35.00 a night (payable to the host.) There is no discount for those who wish to attend the retreat, yet do not wish to take advantage of our complimentary accommodations. Attendees can schedule massage or bodywork services in advance for an additional fee in Heartwood’s fabulous body work studio.

Retreat Leaders: Ginny Shaddock & staff. This retreat is guided by several of Heartwood’s seasoned teachers working together to provide a dynamic, inspirational experience. All mentors are ERYT-500 certified yoga teachers with specialty training, including C-IAYT, LMT & Reiki Masters/Ayurveda Counselors.


All inclusive Retreat Fee - $360.00  

17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL 34212                 



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Spring Sip, Savor, and Serenity Day Retreat
With Kim Engles
Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Rejuvenate before the hectic holiday season with this day retreat featuring wine tasting, restorative yoga and meditation and a seasonal light vegetarian supper.
Drink in the serenity of the healing space at Heartwood Retreat Center enjoying the beautiful grounds including Chakra garden and Labyrinth.
Restore the soul in a blissful and tranquil yoga practice with essential oils and soothing meditation.
Create your very own hand-decorated wine glass and another surprise creative project.
Sip wine during a tasting with a professional wine expert.
Savor the tastes of the season with a vegetarian supper.
Other surprises will be sure to enhance your day!

Wine bottles available to purchase from the presenter! They all make great gifts for someone else's own special taste of serenity!!

Join us for a beautiful day of self-care bringing serenity to the mind, body & soul.
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Retreat Fee - $ 85.00, Includes wine tasting, dinner, art materials and a lovely day of activity.