We’ve made the difficult decision to keep our campus closed for the remainder of 2020. We are excited to be offering many of our programs online; you can find that schedule here.
The Art of Living Retreat Center takes the health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers very seriously. As such, we’ve been closely monitoring information on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak being broadcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as our own state and local governing bodies. Our number one priority is the well-being of our community.
We continue to take all the precautionary measures recommended by CDC, and thankfully have not yet identified the virus within our community. Our staff members are all healthy and safe, and we continue to do our best to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone of us.
We are confident that with the safety and health protocols being followed by our faculty and staff, the Art of Living Retreat Center will be a place where our guests can gather safely for rest and relaxation once we are able to re-open. How are we preparing?
- Staff members will be screened for symptoms and required to sign waivers certifying their health and freedom from possible exposure to the Coronavirus. Staff members who have been exposed to or show symptoms related to COVID-19 will be asked to leave the property and seek medical advice immediately.
- Our entire staff is participating in the Count on Me NC program announced by AppHealthcare—a training program for all employees on safe operations during times of COVID-19.
- We’ll continue to monitor the State of North Carolina, Watauga County, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)— incorporating any updated guidelines into our practices and procedures.
- Insuring our meeting and dining areas allow for sufficient space to position participants a minimum of six feet apart.
- Staff members will wear protective face masks while on duty. Guests will be required to wear face masks in public areas and indoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Guests will be required to check-in one at a time, sign health waivers, and answer screening questions; guest room keys will be recycled upon checkout, no reuse.
- Guests on property will be monitored for symptoms and possible exposure on a daily basis. If they show any symptoms, they will be asked to leave the premises and seek medical advice immediately.
- Enhanced cleanliness procedures have been implemented with EPA approved disinfectants for all areas on the property including public areas and guest rooms. High touch areas will receive special attention.
- Revising our housekeeping processes—housekeeping staff will enter guest rooms only after checkout. Our staff will follow a new vigorous cleaning and disinfecting process, paying special attention to high-touch areas in such as light switches and door handles.
- Enhanced physical distancing protocols will be implemented throughout the property including at the time of check-in, in the dining hall, during yoga and meditation classes and other other workshops.
- We offer plenty of indoor and outdoor dining venues so that guests are not confined to a dining room setting. For guests who choose to eat in the Dining Hall, enhanced physical distancing procedures will be implemented. If we have a large number of guests, we will implement staggered meal times to reduce the number of guests in the Dining Hall at any one time.Guests will always have the option to choose to-go meals to eat outside or in their rooms.
- Yoga equipment or props will not be provided to guests to eliminate multiple users sharing them. Guests will be encouraged to bring their own or they will be available for purchase on site.
- Sanitizing stations are being installed throughout the property, as well as enhanced signage throughout the property as reminders to maintain physical distancing and personal hygiene. Six-feet markers are also placed wherever lines may form.
What steps would we encourage you to take?
We encourage you to follow sound hygiene practices, including
- Visit the CDC website for suggested prevention tips.
- Frequent hand washing with soap and use of hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and/or nose when you cough or sneeze (with a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hand).
- Avoid physical contact that may transmit germs—refrain from shaking hands, hugging, etc.
- Bring your own yoga mat, blocks, belts, or other props, as well as your own face masks when you visit the Center.
- Honor social distancing protocols throughout the facility.
As always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about your upcoming (or potentially upcoming) stay at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Don’t hesitate to call us at 800.392.6870, or contact us at [email protected].