Closed for Winter

Wattle Hollow Retreat Center is closed while Joy is away in Costa Rica (stay tuned for Tales from the Jungle!) and will re-open in mid March 2017.

Joy will not be able to respond to your phone calls but you can reach her via email regarding 2017 events

‘Being Where You Are’ 2017 Retreat

March 24 – 26, 2017 (Fri 6pm – Sun Noon)

yoga retreat 2016What happens when you combine a weekend of Ashtanga Yoga with silent contemplative Vipassana meditation?

Something wonderful and insightful enough to make us want to continue this experiment for a decade now. Join Mark Cain and Joy Fox for this mind/body exploration into a world of possibilities. (More about Joy and Mark on this page.)

You don’t need expertise in either field…..thus the title. There will be Yin Yoga and pranayama also thrown into the mix.

Cost $150 (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds) includes lodging, meals, and instruction.

Retreat Registration Form (pdf)





Dharma Day – April

Saturday, April 8, 2017 (9:30 – 3:00)

pond-2016This will be our first springtime opportunity to be immersed in the practices of Vipassana-style meditation: sitting, walking, eating, and loving-kindness exercises.
There will also be a light yoga/stretching period before lunch.

This is a perfect opportunity for new students to receive full instruction in these simple but profound traditions, and for older students to refresh and/or reinvent their habits of practice.

The day will be spent in noble silence, except for guiding instructions and group discussion.

Cost: dana/donation. Lunch will be provided.

Registration Form (pdf) – Pre-registration is necessary, and at least three days in advance, please. (e.g. the Wednesday before).





Nature Day with Joe Neal

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Joe NealNature Day with our expert nature guide, Joe Neal…

This is 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.

No charge for this day, friends.

All are welcome to join us.

More about Joe at this link.

Time Out – a weekend exploration of time

April 14 – 16, 2017 (Fri-Sun)

Training For The Equanimity Olympics, with Mind, Metabolism and Metta


Earth Mother at dawn, a Wattle cob-space overlooking the pond

We will have “forever”, over this Easter weekend, to truly explore the nuances of time….in its social context as a measurement, and in its true context, as a present-tense and deep moment of being.

We will watch and compare, share writing exercises, practice Vipassana with the Ozark springtime woodlands as our container.

The group will be limited to ten folks, plus the teacher (Joy Fox), so don’t wait too long to sign up for this one.

Daily yoga and qi gong will also add to our sense of being alive in present-tense reality, a.k.a. kyros time.

Cost: $125. includes everything
Retreat Registration Form (pdf)







Dharma Day – May

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

joy2016Led by Joy Fox.

Again, a one-day experience with a guided tour in the Theravadan Vipassana meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness.

Cost: dana/donation. Lunch will be served.

All are welcome, though pre-registration must be no less than three days before the retreat (e.g.the Wednesday before).

Registration Form (pdf)




Songwriter’s Creativity Weekend

May 19 – 21st, 2017

songwriters workshop 2016Our extremely popular, semiannual leap into the land of childlike creativity and musical family bonding. You won’t regret joining us, as we are 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.


Contact Judy Smith for details.



Annual Six-Day Meditation Retreat 2017

Tuesday, June 6th (supper) thru Sunday, June 11th, 3 p.m.

buddha image 2016Some of the folks in our Wattle Hollow family/sanghaand others who are meditators from other locale might be ready to jump into this exploratory adventure for a deeper and longer stretch of time. The meditations will be augmented with daily stretching, pranayama, and individual interviews with Joy.

Cost: dana/donation

Retreat Registration Form (pdf) – Sign-up is required at least one week in advance, please.
Partial participation is possible, unless the retreat fills up with full-time meditators.