Open Heart Workshops


Below you will find lots of helpful information including the following: the schedule of upcoming Open Heart Workshops, general information about the workshops, the Open Heart workshop curriculum (a brief description of what each workshop offers), the workshop fee schedule, information on Open Heart Practices in the Asheville, NC area and online, and web links to additional information, including a link to purchase a beautiful MP3 recording of “Open Heart Meditation”, by the founder of the Open Heart Workshops, Irmansyah Effendi, now available at iTunes!  You will also find a message from Irmansyah Effendi, along with another brief piece, both speaking to why we would want to open our heart, and the benefits of doing so.

ENJOY and give us a call or send an email at if you have questions or are interested in attending a workshop. We would love to hear from you.

Deb La Fon, National Coordinator for Open Heart Workshops, is available for questions at, 888-543-2789.

2017 Asheville Open Heart Workshops Schedule 

Open Heart 1&2: July 22-23rd, 2017     Register Now!

Open Heart 3&4: September 16-17th, 2017     Register Now!

Open Heart 5&6: TBA- please contact us for details


What are people saying who have experienced Open Heart Meditation, even just one time?

“…I have to say I struggle with anger and jealousy and I would do anything to let it go and years of counseling could not remove the weight that that single evening… did. I showed it to my children who were receptive. I touch my heart multiple times a day and I actually feel the energy surge through me. I felt light and calm and at peace. Thank you and I really really hope I can find a way to come again and keep building on this source of peace and happiness. Gratefully, E.


If you have interest in attending a workshop in the Asheville area and would like to receive announcements, please send an email to and you will be added to the email list.

You may also visit our NEW OPEN HEART MEDITATION WEBSITE for more information on workshop content. More to come!

Continue reading for more information on workshop content, fees, etc.

Please go to USA Open Heart Workshop Schedule  for information on workshops scheduled around the country.  You can also check for scheduled workshops around the world at Global Open Heart Workshop schedule . NOTE:  Those that have attended Open Heart workshops 1-6 are eligible to attend Spiritual Retreat which takes place in various cities around the country throughout the year.

Free introductions to the Open Heart Meditation:  Tuesdays  7 – 8:00 pm, , at the 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 212 in downtown Asheville open to everyone – This is an introduction to “Open Heart Meditation”.   It is also a weekly opportunity for hearts who have completed one or more workshop to come together and enjoy spending time in the Blessings of  True Source and share in Open Heart Prayer as a community!



Information about Open Heart Workshops

General notes:

  • Open Heart Workshops are generally held over a weekend and run from 9am – 5pm.
  • There are no prerequisites for Open Heart 1.  Anyone may attend.
  • You do NOT have to attend an introduction to the workshops nor an Open Heart Meditation before attending Open Heart 1.
  • You must attend Open Heart level 1 prior attending level 2, and level 2 prior to level 3, etc.
  • You do NOT have to attend Open Heart 1 and 2 on the same weekend.
  • You may attend (or not attend) Open Heart 2 at any time.  The Open Heart workshops curriculum facilitates the continual opening, expansion, strengthening and cleansing of the spiritual heart but each workshop on it’s own offers beautiful gifts that last a lifetime!
  • Open Heart 1 & 2 are offered frequently in the Asheville area.
  • Open Heart 3 & 4 will be offered 1-2 times per year.
  • Open Heart 5 & 6 can now be offered in the Asheville area when we have enough hearts ready!
  • You must complete Open Heart 2 at least three weeks (21 days) before attending Open Heart 3.  You must complete Open Heart 4 at least three weeks (21 days) before attending Open Heart 5.


Open Heart Workshop Curriculum              

OHW Level One

  • getting to know your heart better
  • getting to know heart/feeling and brain/thoughts better
  • strengthening your heart
  • lessening the domination from your brain
  • opening your heart through OPEN HEART MEDITATION
  • realizing True Source’s Blessing within your heart
  • surrendering more to True Source
  • relying on True Source’s Blessing within your heart in praying and living your daily life
  • letting your heart become more dominant in your daily life

OHW Level Two

  • getting truths from your heart
  • using your heart to rely on True Source’s Love in your daily life
  • improving the feeling within your heart
  • enjoying True Source’s Love on a deeper level
  • being more grateful while being within the Love
  • opening your heart further to True Source
  • directing your heart even better to True Source
  • learning to trust True Source more by surrendering our burdens & problems to True Source

OHW Level Three

  • to be introduced to the energy channel and the Divine Gate
  • to realize more about our Direct Love connection to True Source
  • to let True Source Love cleanse and open the Divine Gate, main energy channel (sushumna), all of our main chakras and our heart
  • to connect us to the earth better and to become as True Source’s instrument for the whole earth and all beings on earth
  • to let True Source Love help so that our whole heart and whole being within True Source Love
  • to let True Source Love help so that our Direct Love connection with True Source is no longer limited by our concept.
  • to pray, surrender and be grateful to True Source while our whole heart and being are within True Source Love continuously
  • To be loved and taken care by True Source as the highest priority.

OHW Level Four

  • to let True Source Love heal (self healing)
  • to give priority to True Source Love more than our wants
  • to whole heartedly accept True Source Love and be grateful to True Source
  • to let True Source help so that whole heart and whole being are within the direct Love connection with True source
  • to pray, to surrender, and to live our daily lives with our whole heart and whole being are within the Direct Love connection with True Source

OHW Level Five

  • to be loved and taken care by True Source through our whole heart
  • to realize the key to improvement
  • only to surrender, trust, and to be loved by True Source more
  • cleansing body layers
  • getting to know, awakening, and practicing Kundalini
  • no longer resisting / torturing self

OHW Level Six

  • Inner Heart as Director
  • Realizing the direct and special Connection between Inner Heart and True Source
  • Realizing the truth: Heart vs. Inner Heart
  • Connection with True Source with Inner heart as director
  • Being grateful to True Source
  • Being an instrument

Sharing True Source Love in daily life:

  • using our eyes and seeing as instrument an instrument only to share True Source Love
  • using our mouth and speaking as an instrument only to share True Source Love

Open Heart Workshop fee schedule

*Please note that there will no longer be a additional repeater discount for TSR-Alumni or higher.

Once you have attended a workshop you can repeat it as many times as you’d like for a greatly reduced fee … such a gift … and the experience just keeps getting deeper!

Level 1

$100 regular 1st time attending
$75 senior (62 and over) 1st time attending
$75 full-time student 1st time attending
$25 to repeat this workshop

Level 2 $150 regular 1st time attending
$112.50 senior (62 and over) 1st time attending
$112.50 full-time student 1st time attending
$25 to repeat this workshop

Level 3 $175 regular 1st time attending
$131.25 senior (62 and over) 1st time attending
$131.25 full-time student 1st time attending
$60 to repeat this workshop

Level 4 $200 regular 1st time attending
$150 senior (62 and over) 1st time attending
$150 full-time student 1st time attending
$70 to repeat this workshop

Level 5 $225 regular 1st time attending
$168.75 senior (62 and over) 1st time attending
$168.75 full-time student 1st time attending
$75 to repeat this workshop

Level 6 $250 regular 1st time attending
$187.50 senior (62 +) 1st time attending
$187.50 full-time student 1st time attending
$85 to repeat this workshop

Asheville Workshops Location:   Level 1-4 Workshops take place 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 212.  The location of the level 5 & 6 workshops is dependent on the numbers attending.  All workshops will be 9am-5pm.

Additional Information and Resources

Open Heart Practices (all are free)

Open Heart Meditation Gathering:  Tuesdays  7 – 8:00 pm, , at 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 212 (off Charlotte Street) open to everyone – This is an introduction to “Open heart meditation”.   It is also a weekly opportunity for hearts to come together and enjoy spending time in the Blessings of  True Source and share in Open Heart Prayer as a community!

Open Heart Prayer Online You can also enjoy practicing Open Heart Prayer online with people from around the world.  Click here to learn how to register .  Open Heart Prayer takes place in chat room format at various times during the week.   Please contact Sharon Behn at or 828-681-8676 if you would like assistance with registering . The following link takes you to a calendar showing the practices available:  Link to Calendar of chatroom practices .  No matter what country the practice originates in, english translation is always included : )   For more information and Free downloads Please click on the following links for more information about opening your heart, Open Heart practice and Open heart workshops: Heart Sanctuary and Open Heart Meditation UK Click Here to find free guided meditation downloads All of these guided meditations and practices can be shared with the public.   Share the Love With Open Heart Meditation™ … MP3 Now Available for Download on iTunes!   We are pleased to announce that the Open Heart Meditation™ is now available for download as an mp3 from iTunes for $2.99.  Beautifully guided by Irmansyah Effendi, this gentle and deeply effective 30 minute meditation guides us to relax, release negativities, and feel the peace, calmness, joy, and gratitude that is always accessible in our spiritual hearts, our direct and eternal connection to the Creator.


Open Heart Meditation™ is universal, nondenominational, and purely experiential, centered on gentle, heart-based “feeling” rather than on brain-oriented visualizations or breathing techniques.  Through Open Heart Meditation™ and the natural process of opening our hearts to the Creator, we can:

  • Live from our hearts with a greater sense of joy, fulfillment, positivity, and purpose;
  • Reduce daily stress and enhance emotional balance, which allows the natural healing process to happen much faster;
  • Improve our spiritual growth and strengthen our beautiful connection with the Creator;
  • Enjoy a deeper experience of heart-felt gratitude;
  • Learn how to forgive others and ourselves–a transformational experience when done at the heart level;
  • Let our hearts be strengthened and cleansed of negative emotions, such as anger, sadness, fear, and dissatisfaction; and
  • Achieve deeper and more joyful and meaningful meditations, even for those who have never meditated before.

This meditation is also found in the bestselling Smile to Your Heart Meditations: Simple Practices for Peace, Health and Spiritual Growth written by Irmansyah Effendi. Please consider supporting our “Share the Love” campaign by participating in a variety of simple ways.  Download the Open Heart Meditation™ and “gift” it to family, friends and co-workers.  You can even send a personalized iTunes link.  Also, writing a review is extremely important and will help inspire others to experience the beauty of the spiritual heart as well.   Wonderful books and CD’s to inspired and assist you along the way:

  • “Smile to Your Heart Meditations: Simple Practices for Peace, Health and Spiritual Growth”, paperback, by Irmansyah Effendi.  

An easy, step-by-step guide to opening, feeling and enjoying your heart.

Available at the Heart House and at .

  • “The Real You:  Beyond Forms and Lives”, paperback, by Irmansyah Effendi. 

This life is limited. One day, every one of us will die. So, what is our real purpose in this limited world with limited time? Who were we before we were born, and what will happen to us after we die? Who are we . . . really? In this springtime of spiritual awakening, profound realizations about our true nature and our true self consciousness can easily and naturally be experienced by all of us. In understanding our true self, our spiritual journey and the key connection of our heart, our life will take on new meaning, and our daily activities and relationships will be filled with beauty, joy and purpose. Through easy-to-understand information and inspiring personal experiences, “The Real You: Beyond Forms and Lives” provides valuable insight, wherever you are on your spiritual journey.  

Available at the Heart House and at .

  • “Open Heart Meditation”, CD with booklet, by Irmansyah Effendi

This CD comes nicely packaged and presented with a 17 page booklet with preface from Irmansyah Effendi, and also simple explanations about the heart & brain, thoughts, feelings and emotions, plus guidance on the steps to recognize when it is the heart guiding us and when it is not.  It also contains simple steps to strengthening the heart and the feeling and a full description on how to do the Open Heart Meditation and a copy of the meditation itself.  It is a perfect and complete gift which has all the explanations and recommendations needed!

Available at the Heart House and at .

  • “Way of the Spiritual Heart”, paperback, by Ed Rubenstein

The Way of the Spiritual Heart answers pertinent questions related to the deeper meaning of spiritual growth and the difference between soul development and spiritual development. It addresses why the most profound truths are known in our heart and explains how our life is a journey for fulfilling why we exist. This book clearly identifies the subtle games our egos play that keep us disconnected from the growth of our spirit, our true self. Our hearts intuitively realize that we are living in a very special time and the way we approach our spiritual journey can now be brought into its truest form.

Please go to for excerpts and to order the book online … also available at the Heart House.

  • “Awakening and Opening Your Spiritual Heart:  A Journey to Becoming Who You Truly Are”, audio book, 6 CD set, by Ed Rubenstein.

This is a truly wonderful fictional story in which you journey with the main character as he discovers and opens his spiritual heart.

See for more information, listen to excerpts or order on-line : )  Also available at the Heart House.



A message from Irmansyah Effendi We are meant to be happy. That has always been something we strive for in this life.  In fact, if we look at the motivations behind our thoughts and actions—conscious and unconscious—they are all to get us closer to the feeling, or at least the idea, of happiness. Some of us have long asked why we cannot hold on to happiness.  For all of the scholarship and human insights across the centuries, nobody has found a complete and enduring answer.  Perhaps because it has been too close to see… The answer, the key, is our heart. We have been told throughout our lives to “follow your heart.”  This has been written in countless holy texts as well, across virtually all religions, since the very beginning. This is because our heart – even without us realizing it – feels the Love that comes from True Source, who loves us completely, and always wants the very best for us. In opening and using our heart, we are blessed with lasting peace and happiness that we can feel—actually and really feel—in our daily lives.  Our daily life is actually a manifestation of how strongly we are connected to our Creator, the True Source.  Thus, an open heart is also the real key to our spiritual advancement in getting closer to True Source, the Source of Eternal Peace and True Joy. Why is our heart the main connection to True Source?  Why is our heart the center of beautiful feelings?  Why is our heart, not our brain or other parts of us, the key? Our heart is the key because our true self is within our heart.  Our true self that is within our heart will continue to live on even after this lifetime has been completed.  While our physical body is only a temporary “shell”—flesh and blood that will one day turn into dust—our relationship with True Source is eternal.  We need True Source and True Source’s Love not only when we are alive on this earth, but forever and always, As we are still in our physical body, our heart (not the physical heart but the spiritual heart – the center of our feeling) is where and how we remain connected to True Source. With this connection, our heart communicates with True Source and receives True Source’s Blessings.  In receiving True Source’s Blessings, we can feel so many beautiful things within our heart, including the feeling of lightness, calmness, peace, happiness, and joy beyond all things we have ever felt from our worldly experiences. Being calm and joyful at every moment of our life may sound fantastic, even impossible.  Now recognize that it is your brain making this judgment, imposing this false limitation. In this regard, you may have quite a bit of work to do in getting out of your own way.  Our brain is so strong—we have spent so much of our life within our head—that it can overtake our heart at the beginning.  However, our heart knows that peace, calmness, and happiness await us once we begin opening and using our heart.  It is only a matter of opening it up to let True Source’s Blessing do the best for us. How beautiful and exciting it is to consider that all these wonderful feelings are within us at all times.  All we need to do is to open and use our heart to be able to feel and enjoy these wonderful Blessings. May you open your heart to the Creator and use your heart to experience the peace, calmness, and happiness within. Irmansyah Effendi, M.Sc.


Opening our heart as big as possible is the greatest gift that we offer ourselves and to the world. Opening our heart has a profound healing affect on all levels of our being as well as on our families and communities. The more we allow our hearts to open, the more we can share love. For peace, joy, and love radiates from the core of our hearts. If we really listen to and feel our inner calling, we will realize that our hearts want to open and let the light and love to do wonderful things for ourselves, our families and communities. When we open our hearts, we deepen our spiritual connection to the True Source, and this allows us to live genuinely and authentically in the sacredness of love. Then we can begin to realize that the True Source, as the Ultimate Source of Love and Light, has Loved us completely in every moment of our existence. Indeed, there has never been a moment in our existence, when this was not the truth, because True Source can never stop Loving us and all beings. (Note: We prefer the term ‘True Source’ because it is a neutral term which does not have a charged history. Feel free to replace the term ‘True Source’, with whatever phrase for you which represents the Ultimate Source of Love and Light). Where does the Peace, Love and Joy Originate From? The deepest peace and love that is available to us in our earthly existence is the spark of light and love in the core of our hearts. This spark is the purest aspect of our deepest self and is directly connected to the Source of Love & light. The more we allow the blessings of love and light to purify and open our hearts, the more the love and light from the core of our being becomes free to radiate in all directions to every heart everywhere. Everyone has a spark of love and light in the core of their heart. However, not every spark is radiating freely and sweetly.When we first begin to open our hearts, the nice feeling we experience may only be felt as a peaceful and calm feeling. As the layers of our heart are purified, not only are we able to feel the peace and the calmness, we are able to feel the deep joy, love and light that radiates from the core of our heart. At any time we can then just stop, do nothing and realize and feel that the Love is sweetly pulling us deeper into the Love….toward the core inside of our heart. And this never stops if we allow it to take us there. When the clouds of impurity surrounding our hearts are dissolved, then the love and light can be experienced without obstruction in its purest joy. Why we are here? The ultimate purpose of our life is to love the True Source completely with all of our heart. To the head/brain this statement might seem debatable. However, the core of our heart, which is calling to take us ‘back home’ to the Source of Love and Light, knows this to be true. But the direct path home to the cherished goals of our existence can only happen by embracing and surrendering completely to the purest love – the most subtle, most sublime form of love – that of the Ultimate Source of all. It is only through this purest love that our essence of being can return home. We are being invited to open our hearts and be instruments of Love and Light by sharing the blessings of this love with the hearts of every being. When we share this love as an instrument, we are also loving the True Source and getting closer to the home of our True Self. This means we are getting closer to the Ultimate Destination available to us. So now is the time for our deepest awakening – loving The Source of Love and Light completely with our heart and whole being and becoming the instrument of light and love that we are intended to be. Our life on earth is a great gift. To live our life without opening our heart and loving the True Source completely is to miss out on the real meaning and purpose of why we are here. Equally, being mindful, or using intellect or logic, cannot take us home.