Schedule


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

Dharma Day

Sunday, June 16th, 9:30 – 3 p.m.

These one-day explorations into the heart of Vipassana meditation, held in noble silence, have become our most popular event at Wattle, so I’m determined to make time every month that I’m available.

Lunch will be served. No charge, though donations are accepted.

This retreat is highly suitable for beginners as well as oldies.
Registration Form (pdf)

Dharma Day

Saturday, July 13, 9:30 – 3 p.m.

This is a one-day immersion into Noble Silence, and the Vipassana meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness.

Joy will guide everyone through the exercises. 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.

This is the last opportunity to come and meditate before Wattle closes, between late July and mid-September.
Registration Form (pdf)

Joy’s Solo Retreat Time

July 22nd -September 10, 2019

JOY’S SOLO RETREAT TIME…
Wattle Hollow is absolutely closed to all visitors.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Dharma Day

Saturday, September 14, 9:30 – 3 p.m.

Dharma Day is a wonderful opportunity for newcomers to be immersed in a one-day experience of Vipassana meditation…and for oldies to refresh their practice. Sitting, walking and eating techniques are shared, along with mild yoga before lunch.

No charge for this day, but advance registration (at least four days before the event) is required.

Lunch will be served. No charge, though donations are accepted. This retreat is highly suitable for beginners as well as oldies.

Registration Form (pdf)

Four-Day Meditation Itensive

October 3rd – 6th, 2019
Thursday, 10 a.m. – Sunday, 3 p.m.

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 monkey-chittering 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.

The meditations will be augmented with daily stretching, pranayama, individual interviews with Joy, group cooking and naptime after lunch.

Cost: dana/donation

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

Retreat Registration Form (pdf)

A Magical Walk into the World of Kundalini Yoga with Jimmye Whitfield.

Sunday, October 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Come join us for another wonderful walk through the
world of Kundalini yoga, with a very special and very popular teacher: Jimmye Whitfield
(Read more about Jimmye on Teacher Profile page.)

We’ll start at 10 a.m. and finish up at 3:30, after an enchanted day of asana, chanting, philosophy… and
supplemented with some  lovingkindness meditations led by Joy.

Cost: $35. Includes lunch, but no one will be turned away for lack of finances.

Registration Form (pdf)

Songwriters Creativity – Fall Retreat

October 18 – 20, 2019

Experience an eclectic, organic approach to creating music in a  provocatively creative atmosphere.

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.

Contact Judy Smith for more details: judysmith221@gmail.com

Donna and Kelly Mulholland, and Jack Williams

More about the instructors at this link.

“This was an amazing gathering and so full of positive energy and inspiration…And thanks to all the attendees who provided a safe and supportive place for us all to try new things with the knowledge that you were all right there with us.” ~ Steve K

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Dharma Day

Saturday, October 26, 9:30 – 3 p.m.

This is a one-day immersion into Noble Silence, and the Vipassana meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness.

Joy will guide everyone through the exercises. All are welcome, though preregistration 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)

One-day Vajrayana retreat with Thubten Dorje

Geshe Thubten Dorjee’s annual fall retreat

Sunday, October 27th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Read Bio in the Teacher Profiles page

Pre-registration required, at least by Wednesday evening before the event.

There is an option to arrive Saturday evening, the night before the retreat begins… and perhaps enjoy an evening around a campfire with Geshe-la.

Lunch will be served on Sunday.
Cost: donation/dana, for our teacher, Geshe-la.

Registration Form (pdf)

Dharma Day

Saturday, Nov 16th, 2019 (9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

This will be the last opportunity to meditate at Wattle Hollow until the spring, 2020. Wattle Hollow will be closed for three months in the winter, while Joy goes to Thailand and Cambodia.

This is a one-day immersion into Noble Silence, and the Vipassana meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness.

Joy will guide everyone through the exercises. 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)

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In-town Dharma Day

Saturday, December 7
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

This is a one-day immersion into Noble Silence, and the Vipassana
meditation practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness.

Joy will guide everyone through the exercises. 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.

Location: 344 Combs Avenue house. It is six blocks from the downtown square in Fayetteville, and fifty yards from Nature’s Water, on Huntsville Rd.