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About

For those on a journey toward greater self-awareness and happiness, the Art of Living Retreat Center offers nourishing support and thoughtful space so you can discover peace, transformation and a deeper connection with yourself and others. For those seeking physical and internal renewal on their journey, the onsite Shankara Ayurveda Spa provides a nurturing environment and service-oriented, educated staff. The relaxing mountaintop location near Boone, N.C. offers wellness adventurers a range of therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments and day or overnight programs perfect for those hoping to cultivate rejuvenation and inner growth.

Situated at a height of 3,700 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains and spread over 380 acres, Shankara Ayurveda Spa is one part of the experience at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Including a boutique hotel with three spa suites and 27 hotel rooms and 300 retreat rooms, vegetarian dining, an alcohol-free environment, as well as wellness and fitness activities, the Center is quickly becoming known as a great spot for retreatists.

The Art of Living Retreat Center includes a meditation hall that can hold up to 3,700 people, additional halls for events, a 41,000-square-foot dining hall with mountain views, a labyrinth, pottery studio and gardens. Founded by humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Retreat Center is the centerpiece of the Art of Living in North America. AOL is present in 152 countries and reaches an estimated 300 million people with a vision of individual and social stewardship in society.

 

News Coverage

  • March 2018:
    Wellness Tourism Association launches to benefit businesses and consumers – European Spa
  • March 2018:
    5 Yoga Poses Pitta Doshas Should Try to Cultivate Inner Peace and Happiness – Well+Good
  • March 2018:
    5 Yoga Poses Vata Doshas Can Do To Help Reduce Anxiety – Well+Good
  • March 2018:
    4 Yoga poses Kapha Doshas Can Do to Boost Energy and Stimulate Digestion – Well+Good
  • March 2018: The ‘Book the U.S.’ List – Booking.com
  • March 2018: The most unique places to stay in the USA – USA Today
  • March 2018: Three Days of Peaceful Bliss at the Art of Living Retreat Center – Peanut Butter Runner
  • February 2018: Namaste around the south – DeSoto Magazine
  • January 2018: Exclusive: new Wellness Tourism Association wants to be ‘voice of the industry’ – Spa Opportunities UK
  • January 2018: I Went On a Wellness Retreat As a Last-Ditch Effort to Get Healthy – Shape
  • December 2017: The Best Yoga Retreats Totally Worth Traveling For – Shape
  • December 2017:This Is The Right Way To Drink Water, According to Ayurveda – Well & Good
  • December 2017: How To Choose the Best Wellness Treatments For Your Ayurvedic Dosha – Organic Authority
  • November 2017: Try This 7-Move Yoga Flow Before You Eat A Big Meal – Women’s Health Magazine
  • October 2017: Editor Letter – Thoughtfully Magazine
  • October 2017: “How I Brought the Life-Changing Magic of Happiness Back Into My Life” – Organic Authority
  • October 2017: “What a Traditional 21-Day Ayurvedic Detox Looks Like” – Yoga Jornal
  • October 2017: “Could Coconut Oil be Causing Your Breakouts?” – Well & Good
  • September 2017: “5 Relaxing Escapes to Refresh and Recharge” – Style Blueprint
  • August 25, 2017: “Project Welcome Home Troops” – FOX 46 Charlotte
  • August 21, 2017: “I Went On a Happiness Retreat — Here’s How It Helped Me Face my Social Anxiety” – Prevention
  • August 8, 2017: “Ayurveda (Idiot’s Guides)” – Amazon
  • August 5, 2017: “Review – Art Of Living Wellness Retreat” – SUNSHINE & SHADES
  • July 17 2017: “3 Epic Ways To Eliminate Stress and Get Happy — Fast!” – Fulfillment Daily
  • July 12 2017: “Summer of Wellness” – Washington Life
  • July 2017: “Best Health and Wellness Resort 2017 (Runner-Up)” – USA Today 10 Best
  • July 2017: “Wellness Resorts Deliver Stress-Busting Vacations” –  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • June 17 2017: “The Best Wellness Retreats in the United States” –  The Culture Trip
  • June 15 2017: “6 Off-the-Grid Meditation Retreats to Reboot Your Life” –  Brit & Co.
  • June 2, 2017: “Luxury Adventure Trips: The Art of Living Retreat Center’s Happiness Retreat” –  nFocus
  • June 1, 2017: “Top 10 Organic Spa Awards” –  Organic Spa
  • May 30, 2017: “In Search of Serenity” –  AARP
  • April 2017: “Wellness Vacations & Retreats” –   Travel to Wellness
  • March 2017: “Seven silent retreats to help you rediscover peace and quiet” –   Travel to wellness
  • January 17, 2017: “Spa and Wellness Centers for 2017” – QC Exclusive
  • January 7, 2017: “5 Wellness Retreats You Should Escape to ASAP” – Instyle
  • January, 2017: “The Art of Living at an Ayurveda Retreat” – Mother Earth Living
  • December 14, 2017: “7 Neck Stretches You Should Do – Even if Your Neck Feels Fine” – Prevention
  • December, 2016: “11 Best Getaways for the Spiritual Seeker”- Insider’s Guide to Spas
  • December, 2016: “Head for the Mountains to Retreat and Unwind”- The Charlotte Post
  • December, 2016: “Affordable Wellness Vacations”- US News & World Report
  • December, 2016: “Luxe Travel”- Live Free Magazine
  • December, 2016: “Best Venue for Spiritual/Wellness gathering- Unique Venues
  • December, 2016: Reharmonizing the Body’s Built- Energy Network:Spirituality and Health
  • December, 2016: Local Ayurveda Resources – Natural Awakenings
  • November 9, 2016: “Wellness Travel Awards”- Spa Finder
  • October, 2016: Rejuvenate – Organic Spa Magazine
  • October 5, 2016: Heavenly Mountain: The Art of Living Retreat Center – Our Wonderful World Media
  • September 2016: Better Body, Better Mood – Cosmoplitan
  • September 2016: Skin Care Guide – Organic Spa Magazine
  • August 11, 2016: Breathing Is the New Yoga – Vogue
  • August 2016: Serenity Now – Oprah Magazine
  • August 5, 2016: Readers’ Choice: Best Hotels of 2016 – USA Today
  • August 5, 2016: Art of Living Retreat Center Named Best Health & Wellness Resort – USA Today/10 Best
  • August 4, 2016: 21 Best Spiritual & Yoga Retreats in the US – Vacation Idea
  • August 1, 2016: Top Detox Tips – Organic Spa Magazine
  • July 6, 2016: 2016 Top Ten Organic Spa Awards – Organic Spa Magazine
  • June 9, 2016: 1 Entity That Can Surely Transform Your Yoga Practice – The Huffington Post
  • May, 2016: A North Carolina Gem – Saathee Magazine
  • April 14, 2016: Seeking silence? Find your Southern state of om at these retreats – Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • March 29, 2016: The 6 Miracle Natural Skincare Ingredients Every Goddess Needs – EcoSalon
  • March 10, 2016: Don’t Just Sit There! 5 Alternative Meditation Positions – Sonima
  • Feb. 19, 2016: Stretch Away the Stress: How Yoga Can Help Manage and Reduce Stress – Blogs.NaturalNews.com
  • Feb. 18, 2016: 7 Wellness Travel Trends to Watch in 2016 – U.S. News & World Report
  • Feb. 17, 2016: 11 Yoga Retreats You Can Actually Afford – Yoga Journal
  • January 23, 2016: Art of Living Retreat Center balances relaxation, activity – The Dallas Morning News
  • January 18, 2016: Wellness Makes Big Splash at New York Times Travel Show – We Blog the World
  • January 3, 2016: Spas of America’s Top Health Spas – Spas of America
  • January 2016: 100 Trailblazers in Yoga & Ayurveda – Spirituality & Health
  • January 2016: Spiritual and Spontaneous – High South Weddings
  • January 2016: Mountain Retreat – SouthPark Magazine
  • January 2016: Winter Can Be Warm When You Succumb to Spa Heaven – Plough to Pantry
  • January 2016: Best Retreats For The Spiritual Seeker – Spirituality and Health
  • December 30, 2015: Going Places, Near & Far: 2016 New York Times Travel Show to Feature Interactive, Cultural, Culinary Experiences – The Island Now
  • December 17, 2015: In North Carolina, the Art of Living Retreat Center is a balancing act of rest and activities – The Washington Post
  • December 14, 2015: 6 Effective Beauty Routines We Should Steal From Other Countries – Bustle
  • December 9, 2015: Taking Care of Yourself During the Holiday Madness – Terry’s Spa, Beauty and Wellness Go-To 
  • December 7, 2015: 2016 New York Times Travel Show to Feature Interactive, Cultural and Culinary Experiences – New York Times
  • November 2015: Your Wellness Spa – Day Spa Magazine
  • October 2015: 5 Secrets to Aging Gracefully – Mind Body Green
  • October, 15 2016: The Ultimate Cleanse: Ayurvedic Panchakarma – Yoga Journal
  • September 2015: Member Updates – Pulse
  • September 17, 2015: Rejuvenating Revenue – Business North Carolina
  • August 3, 2015: Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center – Spas of America
  • July 2015: The Art of Living Center – Rejuvenate Magazine
  • July 29, 2015: Shankara Ayurveda Spa Introduces Weight Loss Program – American Spa
  • July 29, 2015: Ayurveda Free E-book Released from Shankara – Skin Inc.
  • July 28, 2015: Why a Wellness Spa is the Best Way to End the Summer – Fluff Magazine
  • July 27, 2015: Shankara Offers Two New Weight Loss Options – Skin Inc.
  • June 19, 2015: Enhance Your Massage Session with Ayurvedic Oils – Massage Magazine
  • May 5, 2015: The Spa Shift – Pulse
  • April 2015: Summer Relaxation with Ayurveda – Healing Lifestyles and Spas
  • March 24, 2015: Spa Industry Veteran Diane Trieste is the New Director of North – PR Underground
  • Carolina’s Shankara Ayurveda Spa – Day Spa Association
  • March 23, 2015:  Diane Trieste Named Director of Shankara Ayurveda Spa – American Spa
  • February 23, 2015: Trieste Takes Helm at the Art of Living Retreat Center Spa – Insider’s Guide to Spas
  • January, 2015: Vibrant Tradition – High Country Wedding Guide
  • June 20, 2014: Weeklong Silence Retreat at the Art of Living Retreat Center – Mountain Xpress
  • May 13, 2014: How a Retreat Led this Man to Find His Inner Purpose – Huffington Post
  • April 16, 2014: The Best Vacations For Your Mind, Body, And Soul – The Huffington Post
  • April 15, 2014: Enjoy the Silence & Abhyanga Massage at Blue Heaven Spa – Enlightened Spa Review
  • April 19, 2014: Boomers Feed Growing Wellness Vacation Industry – Forbes
  • November 20, 2013: The Art of Living Retreat Center Hosts an ‘Enlightening Holiday” with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Boone – HC Press
  • October 29, 2013: 8 Awesome Wellness Retreats You Didn’t Know About – Huffington Post
  • September 26, 2013: Out of the Blue – American Spa
  • August 22, 2013: The Art of Living Retreat Center Completes 3.8 Million Dollar Renovation – Yahoo! Finance
  • January 19, 2013: An Invitation to Relax – WNC Magazine

Resources

Our People

Kimberly Rossi – Director, Shankara Ayurveda Spa

Raju Bhujel – Head Chef

Venkat Srinivasan – Manager of Operations & Faculty

 

Images

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My stay at the center exceeded all expectations. The staff at the retreat center was extremely attentive, caring for every small detail with full interest in my well being. The rooms were lovely, and the surrounding mountains are absolutely spectacular. I felt a deep sense of lightness and healthfulness upon departure.
- Mehul