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Holding Silence

 A Weekend Silent, Yoga, Meditation Retreat guided by Heidi Bartholomew and Dawn Dones 

Are you tired?
Is your life spilling over with obligations and commitments?
Does it seem like you have space for everyone except you?
Is there noise in your life that never seems to quiet down?
Do you just need time and space to be and breathe?







Step away from the demands, details, and noise of your everyday life to discover deep peace. Receive energy, vitality, and space. Remember who you are. The practice of being silent, turning inward, and tending to one’s whole self ripples out in every way into every aspect of one’s life. Through practicing silence, meditation, yoga, reflection, walking, and deep exploration, Heidi Bartholomew and Dawn Dones are offering Holding Silence: a Weekend Silent, Yoga, Meditation Retreat in the gorgeous hills and sacred land of central Kentucky, March 9-11, 2018. 

Give yourself a weekend retreat with the promise of silence, restoration, meditation, and reflection.


Dear Friends,

Life is loud. There is seemingly never-ending noise, a hum that is constant, and mind chatter that does not let up swirling in what was, what if, and what now...

Why do we do this to ourselves? 

Why do we live this way as if this is the only way to live? 

What would happen if for just one weekend, we let go of the noise and lift up the possibility of peace and quiet? 

When space is created for silence, something shifts within. There is an expansion, an opening, the recognition of pure potentiality. You move deep into yourself: your highest self, your center, your source. 

Silence is a key to opening the infinite space within that is so easily lost in the noise of everyday life.

Holding Silence is an opportunity to cultivate this sacred space in a nourishing and nurturing way. You will connect to your highest self in order to remember the truth that you are never alone, it is never too noisy, and your center is always available just waiting for you to return. Holding Silences is a three-day retreat, reset, that will remind you who you truly are and the power you hold within that will rise up when silence is sought.  

We invite you to step into silence with yoga and meditation. We invite you to journey deep into yourself and remember the place from which you come. We invite you to tune in and turn up your inner voice, the one that speaks from your heart.

Please join us in Holding Silence together to create spaciousness for the love that we are made of and the love we are meant to receive. In silence, we hear the Divine wisdom that arises from the heart. From here, anything, everything is possible. 

With Love,


Dawn & Heidi

P.S. Click here to meet Dawn and Heidi


Holding Silence

You will be guided into silence with care where you will have the opportunity to listen to the voice within and the voice beyond. 

You will be guided through sessions of Sunrise Yoga and Restorative Yoga where you will have the opportunity to relax, look within, and let go.

You will be accompanied in multiple meditations and breathing exercises that will serve as tools to find your center amidst the distractions and demands of life.

You will explore who you are right now and be given space to reflect and share what you discover.

You will learn tools to create quiet amidst the noise and busy-ness of your life.

You will discover how you can create an outward manifestation of your inner self.

Retreat Details

Private room with shared bathroom $345; $395
Private room with bathroom $395; $445

Registration Fee :

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Holding Silence Retreat Location 


Holding Silence will take place at the beautiful Guest House and Nativity Hall Retreat Center on the gorgeous grounds of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Central Kentucky near Bardstown. Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Kentucky, it is set on over 300 acres of farm, forest, and preserved land. It is approximately a 45-minute drive from Louisville, 1-hour drive from Lexington, 2-hour drive from Cincinnati, and a little over a 2-hour drive from Nashville.
Accommodations are included in the Retreat Registration. 


 Dinner Friday; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Saturday; and Breakfast Sunday are provided. Private rooms with shared bathrooms or private rooms with private baths are offered. Selection is made in the Retreat Registration.
Space is limited to 20 participants.
Early-bird registration discount ends February 15.

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