Volunteer Work Day

Saturday, April 20th – 9:30 – 5:00 p.m.

We had so much fun and got so much done, we decided that this should be another semi-annual tradition!

Potluck lunch. We’ll be pruning, planting, cleaning…and who knows what else?

Nature and Bird-watching Day with Joe Neal

Sunday, April 21, 2019

We’ll start at the top of the driveway at 9:00 p.m., share a potluck lunch at noon.

No charge for this day, and no need to reserve ahead. But I hope you can join us! We’ll stop for a potluck lunch on the deck.

Read Joe Neal’s bio at this link.

Springing Forth 4-day Vipassana Intensive

Thursday -Sunday, April 25 -28th

(Out-of-town retreatnts may arrive the night before, on Wednesday.)

Springing Forth – a silent four-day Vipassana Intensive for those of you who have been yearning for more in depth time to examine and observe where silence meets you inside, and/or the crazy mental sounds of monkeychittering that are not actually you, as you become the witness…

We will have an opportunity to go deeper into the Buddhist Dhamma (shammatta, panna, sila) than usual. We will practice the 8 precepts, fasting from lunch until breakfast.

Cost: dana/donation

Registration Form (pdf)

Dharma Day

Saturday, May 11, 9:30 – 3 p.m.

This is your one-day opportunity to take a personal tour in the Vipassana meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness. All are welcome, though pre-registration must be no less than three days before the retreat (e.g.the Wednesday before). A great chance for beginning meditators to get their feet wet, and for oldies to refresh their practice.

We also do a mild 50-minute stretching/yoga session.
Lunch will be served.

No charge for this day, though dana/donations are accepted.

Registration Form (pdf)


Songwriter’s Creativity Weekend

May 17 – May 19, 2019

Spend three days in the Heart of the Ozarks 
and experience an eclectic, organic approach to creating music 
in a provocatively creative atmosphere

A weekend of musical exploration and growth.

Our extremely popular, semi-annual leap into creativity and music – led by our talented and creative teachers Donna and Kelly Mulholland, and Jack Williams into a special (and perhaps previously unknown) territory within our hearts.

Note to our newcomers: No one is ever required to sing or play at Wattle Hollow! You may take part in our workshop sessions or song circles to whatever extent you feel at ease. We hope, though, that you will soon feel comfortable enough to be willing to share your music with us, both for our enjoyment and to allow us to understand the role music plays in your life. Please don’t forget that there are singers, players, and writers in every one of our groups who are still at the “beginner” level – sometimes along with a few who are more advanced – but who have come to understand that, at Wattle Hollow, the playing field is level and free of judgement, and that people of all skill levels are encouraged to share their music.

Contact Judy Smith for details and registration.

More about the instructors at this link.

Annual Eight-Day Meditation Retreat with Joy

Saturday, June 1st (3 p.m.) – Saturday, June 8th (3 p.m.)

Please understand, dear yogis, that the weather in June can be extremely hot. There’s no a.c. at Wattle Hollow. And we have no shortage of ticks and chiggers in the Ozark woodlands…We will be fasting between lunch and breakfast. If you’re still reading this, I invite you to join us on this amazing adventure!

Some of you may be ready to jump into this fascinating adventure for a deeper and longer stretch of time. The meditations will be augmented with daily stretching, pranayama,  individual interviews with Joy, group cooking and nap-time after lunch.

Cost: dana/donation

Sign-up is required at least one week in advance, please. If you know you want to come, don’t wait too long to sign up…this retreat always fills up. (Come to think of it, they all do!)

Retreat Registration Form (pdf