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Work Shops & Retreats

Workshops

Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday May 19 11am-5pm
Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Free, Donations appreciated, no one turned away
 

Feeling the Rapture of Being Alive!

Paul Heumiller and guest Erick Herlong

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Joseph CampbellWe will explore Bhakti Yoga, one of the six primary schools of Yoga and all it has to offer to live in Harmony with your truth. We will use sound in a number of practices such as Sound Meditation, Mantra, Kirtan: call-and-response singing and more. You will leave the mountain with the tools to create a daily routine that will help you to be in this world in a way that resonates with your innermost being!

At 3pm we will take a short 1 mile hike up to Big Bald where will finish the day with quiet contemplation with a 360 degree view of the mountains!

This is a Free retreat but donation are welcome if you are able. All proceeds will go to support us doing more of the same!

The Day:

We will gather at in an open air Log Pavillion. 
 Our intention is always that you’ll leave the mountain in peace and some very real tools to make it sustainable.

 For more information or to register simply submit the contact form on this page. 

Big Love!, Paul & Erick & Rich

Past Workshops

PAST: Saturday February 24 11am-4pm
Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill, NC 28754
By Donation no one turned away

Day Of Group Practice, Meditation, Silence and Song with Paul Heumiller and guest Erick Herlong

This day will be a chance for group practice. We will go inward as a group with periods of silence, meditation and Kirtan community singing. We will share a Pot luck meal as well. There will be less teaching and more time for practice. Donations of any amount welcome.

 

PAST: Saturday January 27 11am-5pm
Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Free Half Day Retreat
Bringing Dreams To Life with Paul Heumiller and guest Erick Herlong
Winter is the perfect time to go inward and dwell on what you really want from your life. This workshop will offer tools for nurturing your dreams so they become reality. You can live the life you truly are supposed to.
The day will end with an optional short hike up to big bald(Weather Permitting). This time we will walk a short section of the Appalachian trail to sit quietly at 5519’, enjoying the views and calm energy of the 360 degree view of mountains.

The Day:

We will either gather at Paul’s antique log home by the fire. 
Facilitators Paul Heumiller and Erick Herlong will offer meditation and mindfulness techniques to help you truly clarify your dreams. Then we’ll talk about concrete steps to nurture your dreams into reality. You can have the life you’ve always dreamed of, what a little fire and practice.

 

PAST:Saturday December 2 11am-5pm

Planting The Seeds Of Dreams with Paul Heumiller and guest Erick Herlong

Winter is the perfect time to go inward and dwell on what you really want from your life.

The day will end with an optional short hike up to big bald. This time we will walk a short section of the Appalachian trail to sit quietly at 5519’, enjoying the views and calm energy of the 360 degree view of mountains.

PAST: Saturday October 21, 1pm-6pm

Free Half Day Retreat

Finding What’s Already There with Paul Heumiller and guests Richard Fabio and Erick Herlong

Paul Heumiller is inviting one of his teachers and brothers on the path Rich Fabio to join himself and Erick Herlong as your hosts. This will be a day of mindfulness in the beauty of nature up on Big Bald in the Wolf Laurel community of Mars Hill North Carolina. We’ll use nature to ground ourselves and get back to center. The afternoon will be full of practices including talks, contemplation, meditation and gentle movements to reveal the freedom that is alreadyld in the Wolf Laurel community of Mars Hill North Carolina. We’ll use nature to ground ourselves and get back to center. The afternoon will be full of practices including talks, contemplation, meditation and gentle movements to reveal the freedom that is already ever present inside of us.

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.” – Ramana Maharshi
The Day:
We’ll take a short 1 mile walk** up to Big Bald at 5500′ on the Appalachian Trail where we will take in the 360° view and just ‘be’ to start the day. We’ll just take in nature and reconnect in a real way with the help of music from Paul and Erick. We will also have access to a large open-air pavillion to offer us shelter and shade for our practice.
We will dive deep into multiple practices around Self-Inquiry. Rich Fabio will share his insights on how to realize we are already perfect underneath the veil we create on ourselves. “Rich has helped me beyond measure on my own path. He showed me the doorway behind which truth lies and gave me the courage to open it.” – Paul Heumiller

 

Self-Inquiry is the study of who and what we are. In the practice of self-inquiry one examines one’s perceptions of being against one’s beliefs about being. With discernment we may let go of beliefs of we are not and the false stories of endless egoic striving. Through the investigation one uncovers a knowledge of his/her actual Self, resting in a place of peaceful abidance, content with reality. Perhaps we are already good enough, life is okay

PAST: Saturday September 23, 1pm-6pm
Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Free Half Day Retreat

The Yoga of Detachment with Paul Heumiller and guest Erick Herlong

Paul Heumiller and guest instructor Erick Herlong will be your hosts. This will be a day of mindfulness in the beauty of nature up on Big Bald in the Wolf Laurel community of Mars Hill North Carolina. We’ll use nature to ground ourselves and get back to center. The afternoon will be full of practices in detachment so we may learn to stop grasping for things to make us happy. We are enough!

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.” – Ramana Maharshi

There will be a lot of discussion on the philosophy of detachment, how our attachments are formed throughout our lives and we will experience numerous practices so we have the tools to continue the work once we leave the mountain.

The Day:

We’ll take a short half mile walk** up to Big Bald at 5500′ on the Appalachian Trail where we will take in the 360° view and just ‘be’ to start the day. We’ll just take in nature and reconnect in a real way with the help of music from Paul and Erick. We will also have access to a large open-air pavillion to offer us shelter and shade for our practice. 

We will dive deep into multiple practices.
 
 1. Understanding and seeing our attachments: we’ll understand what they are and how positive and negative attachments are equally harmful and set us up for disappointment and suffering. We cause our own suffering by seeking happiness outside of ourselves. Paul and Erick have numerous approaches for us to begin to see how attached we are. For instance, right now you can simply right down the way you introduced yourself to the last stranger you met at a gathering. Don’t edit, but honest and just write it down stream of conscience “Hi I am Paul and I……”. See how you tell the world about yourself. 
 
2. Learning how to detach and why:  it is possible to detach and return to just being our true selves. We can realize we have all we need within us. Nothing outside of us can make us happy for more then a short while and in fact all external sources of happiness WILL cause future suffering, perhaps you can no longer afford a beautiful home, your spouse leaves, a loved one dies, your child grows and leaves the nest, etc. True happiness is uncaused and comes from within. This does not mean we don’t live life fully, to the contrary, you will appreciate life and all it has to offer more when it can be experience without suffering.

 

PAST: Sunday August 13, 1pm-6pm

Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill, NC 28754

Free Half Day RetreatFinding Your Meditation with Paul Heumiller and guest Erick Herlong
Paul Heumiller and guest instructor Erick Herlong will be your hosts. This retreat will focus on ‘hands on’ experience of several forms of meditation. Those new to meditation will have a true sense of what it is and is not, those with a strong practice may find new ways to meditate and go deeper. The Innermost Yoga approach is to incorporate nature, music and wisdom through experience, for a deeper learning and spiritual growth.
The Day:

We’ll take a short half mile walk** up to Big Bald at 5500′ on the Appalachian Trail where we will take in the 360° view and just ‘be’ to start the day. We’ll just take in nature and reconnect in a real way with the help of music from Paul and Erick. We will also have access to a large open-air pavillion to offer us shelter and shade for our practice.
We will dive deep into 4 practices.

 

1. The Path of your Thinking: we will develop the ability to pull back and see our thoughts. To do this we must first become the ‘seer’, only then can we begin to learn to focus the mind and ready it for meditation.

 

2. Walking Qi Meditation: moving meditation is a wonderful approach for many who prefer not to sit still or just like to involve their body in mindfulness practice. From the ancient practice of Qigong, this practice is simple, powerful and deep.

 

3. Mantra and Mental Japa: these two practices are part of Bahkti Yoga. We will discuss the differences and how these might fit into your practice.

 

4. Guided and Silent Meditation: we will share a wonderful guided meditation and let that flow into a final silent meditation to end the retreat. In the end no technique is required, simply trust that you are already your highest, truest self.

Our intention is always that you’ll leave the mountain in peace and some very real tools to make it sustainable.

PAST: Saturday July 15, 2017 1pm-5pm
Wolf Laurel, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Free Half Day Retreat
The Deeper Side Of Yoga with Paul Heumiller with guest Erick Herlong

Who are the workshops for?

We offer workshops for Yoga Studios, Spiritual Centers, Corporations, and Non-Profits helping underserved populations.

How long do they last?

We offer 2-4 hour, full day and weekend workshops.

How are the workshops different from private classes?

Workshops are offered to groups and offer a more broad coverage of the topics/techniques. They are a great way to get a sampling of the teachings and perhaps find an area where you want to go deeper in your practice.

Retreats

Our Innermost North location is in the Wolf Laurel Community among 5,000 acres of mountains. It allows for practicing on top of Big Bald Mountain at 5500’, beautiful trails for walking meditation, several pavilions for covered practice and amenities such as a community center, fine restaurant, horse back riding and golf.

We offer half-day, full-day, weekend, and 5 day retreats. Retreats are kept small and are even available as one-on-one personal retreats for an additional fee. We believe in the deep practice that only comes from close work with a teacher.

All offerings are a sliding scale. Please pay what you can afford. If you are able to pay more it will go to help another who cannot.

  • Half Day – $100-150, includes snacks & water
  • Full Day – $200-300, includes snacks, water and lunch
  • Weekend – $500-800, includes snacks, water and lunches**
  • 5 Day – $1000-1250, includes snacks, water, lunches and dinners. Dinners will be home cooked at Paul’s log cabin.**

**Lodging is separate. See below for more information.

Lodging

We will arrange cabin/home rentals and offer private and shared rooms per event. Prices can vary season to season but are typically $200-250 per night for lovely homes with mountain views and peace and quiet! There is also limited space at the wonderful Buckhouse Inn On Bald Creek that is in the same Wolf Laurel community. Visit them at http://www.northcarolina-mountain-vacation.com/.

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