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Upcoming Events Spring & Summer 2015

- In the Buddhist tradition, no one is turned away from a meditation retreat for lack of finances, if there is still space -

See you in the Spring…

See you in the Spring…

…you will see me again in the springtime, friends. My plans for the winter are to be in Tanzania until mid March, near a little village (Lamadi) working with children of albinism in a small sanctuary . . . explore SCHEDULE to see what’s coming up Spring & Summer 2015!

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Being Where You Are

Being Where You Are

March 27 – 29, 2015 – This springtime retreat will include Mark Cain as the co-guide. Joy and Mark will be flowing back and forth between Vipassana meditation and Ashtanga yoga, with as much silence throughout the weekend as possible (not counting group discussions, private interviews and teaching instructions).

You don’t need experience in meditation or yoga to join us, only the desire to deepen into the practice of living fully. Click to Read More…

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Nature Day with Joe Neal

Nature Day with Joe Neal

Saturday, April 5, 2015 – Nature Day with our expert nature guide, Joe Neal… an annual springtime tradition now, and folks from all over the Ozarks show up…we’ll meet (9 am) at the top of the Wattle Hollow driveway on Hwy 170, and stroll slowly down-hill. (People will share their binoculars if you don’t have any).

Then, we’ll share a pot-luck lunch overlooking the pond and mountains, (where Joe and others can also identify dozens of birds, just by sound….). And head down into the creek-bed, for a delightful nature walk into yet another eco-system.

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Living Lands

Living Lands

A wonderful healer is coming to Wattle for the first time, illuminating us all with her sharp (and sometimes irreverent) insights into what the Mother is telling us: Vivian Rice!

Joy Fox will be creating a receptive container for us to receive the teachings, via Vipassana meditation, sharing the sitting, walking and eating techniques that allow us to be more receptive to “this” – whatever insights are revealed…an essentially silent retreat, except for group discussions, interviews and the teachings.

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The Great Mother Weekend

The Great Mother Weekend

May 1 – 3, 2015 – This annual retreat is never the same twice. Because, we are never the same twice, on our path. Essentially, we’ll use meditation, writing, art, music and group sharing to find that inner Mother-space of loving-kindness and wisdom.

The many meditative sanctuaries at Wattle devoted to the Divine Feminine: Kuan-yin, Earth Mother, Black Madonna, Green Tara, Virgin of Guadeloupe, and Ferocious Mother may offer us archetypal inspiration about how to sculpture our own inner prayer and inner sanctuary.

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Songwriters’ Creativity Weekend

Songwriters’ Creativity Weekend

(and family reunion) – May 15 – 17, 2015

The guides for this remarkable event are the marvelously receptive, creative, and available Jack Williams, and Still on the Hill’s Donna Stjerna and Kelly Mulholland.…it fills up very fast every time…

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Becoming Transparent Retreat

Becoming Transparent Retreat

May 22 – 25, 2015 – Susan Drouilhet and Joy Fox will guide participants on a three-day intensive retreat, combining the meditative silent introspection of Vipassana Buddhism, with the energetic healing possibilities of our mutual chi field, within Qigong. . .The land itself, some of the oldest mountains on the continent, will play a role in our rejuvenation, along with the springtime’s blooming trees and wildflowers. And the feminine “grounding” effect of Wattle Hollow’s cob buildings is something you’d have to come and experience for yourselves….

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10-day Meditation Retreat

10-day Meditation Retreat

June 5 – 14 – Summer Retreat with Joy Fox – If you have been to a Wattle weekend of meditation (or a Dharma Day) and longed to remain immersed in the possibilities of “silent inquiry”, perhaps it’s time to sink down into a longer, deeper opportunity?

Sitting practice will be inter-mixed with yoga and qi gong, walking, and eating meditations. i.e. no “time out.”

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Mud Play Down in the Hollow

Mud Play Down in the Hollow

July 17 – 19 – Join us for a weekend of Cobbing a.k.a Adobe-mounding, an alternative building technique. We will be working on the newest upcoming building, the Green Tara Temple. Come and learn the basics of cob/ adobe mounding, via hands-on experience.

A family-friendly event – you can join us for the day, or spend the weekend.

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‘Dancin’ in the Woods’ with Kathy Johnson

‘Dancin’ in the Woods’ with Kathy Johnson

Sunday, June 28th – A day-long festival with Kathy Johnson who specializes in Afro Caribbean dance. $2o, which includes lunch. For an extra $35, there is the added option of arriving at Wattle on Friday, for supper, overnight lodging, and breakfast in the morning.

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What folks are saying about Wattle Hollow...

...take a look at what our visitors have to say.

…how much I loved the retreat! Wattle Hollow is one of the most amazing places I have ever been. The work you do both inside the human, and outside the natural world is non-pareil. Thank you so much. . . I learned so much to help me with my meditation practice, and have carved out time every morning to sit before going to work.

“I had a great time cobbing! What a wonderful way to create community with kind and gentle people in harmony with mother earth. I learned by doing, and now I feel confident enough to start my own cobbing project.”

We really loved it…the vision we cherish of deep, deep ecology, natural beauty and…. a ‘ heaven on earth ‘. And without nourishment born of beauty we couldn’t rise to the needful height to be of real service in this divine dance.”

“Your place is wonderful- the perfect environment in which to relax, enjoy nature and allow for the spirit to rise.” 
Love, Valerie (Hospice volunteer coordinator)

Wattle Hollow for me was a little bit of heaven! Thank you for letting us drink of its joys, beauties and relaxants…. (from Paul)

  • from Manmohini & Hladini Shakti
  • from Valerie
  • from Paul…

Teacher Profiles

These teachers and retreat leaders are 'regulars' at Wattle Hollow events

Mark Cain

Mark Cain

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

T J Dorjee (Geshe-la)

T J Dorjee (Geshe-la)

Vajrayana Study/Meditation Retreats

Susan Drouilhet, MS, LMT

Susan Drouilhet, MS, LMT

'Becoming Transparent' (QiGong plus yoga/mediations with Joy)

Joe Neal

Joe Neal

Spring Nature Walk / Bird watch