heart wide open

*heart wide open* is a mindfulness and inner vitality/resilience project based in Wolfville Nova Scotia, initiated by Heidi Kalyani. *heart wide open* offers a variety of weekly, monthly and occasionally recurring events, which are open to everyone! These include: weekly practice, monthly kirtan evenings, mindful walks, retreats and workshops, contemplative concerts and conversation circles.

The intention of *heart wide open* is to cultivate compassion, connection, insight and transformation — within ourselves, with each other and within our communities.

*heart wide open* programs are an invitation to co-create what Charles Eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” though ways of being that support personal, community and cultural transformation. Our programs are designed to cultivate and integrate three different modes of practice:

  • deep personal practice (designing our inner landscapes; including cultivating vitality, resilience, awareness, compassion, love, spaciousness, trust and confidence)
  • living heart-fully (designing our outer lives; including relationships, passions, purpose, basic needs, health and well-being, and communication)
  • heart-led social change (designing our communities/organizations/workplaces to reflect our ways of living heart-fully).

We look forward to meeting you at one of our events in the Wolfville Nova Scotia area, or connecting with you via this website, our Facebook page, or our Instagram account.

To stay connected, please join the email list.


“To meditate is to look deeply into the heart of things.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.” — Pema Chödrön

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” — Rumi