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Nature's Inspiration

The First Steps: Drawn Through Life by Nature’s Inspiration

For as long as I can recall, the presence of nature has been fascinating. I grew up in a rural coastal setting. There, the natural world, a raw and constant companion, filled my senses and informed early developmental memories. Nature continues to organize my experience. Nature’s inspiration in my formative years For several generations, my …

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Nature and Animals

Reawakening Our Connection to Nature and Animals

“When we spend time in nature and extend our perception beyond the physical senses, we are embraced by the essential wisdom that can heal our personal lives and the world.”  ~ Dr. Linda Bender Why nature is important Nature has the power to change our lives. People who have direct experience in nature live longer, …

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In House: Nature, Dance, and Meditation

In my life, I’ve done some very long expeditions into the wilderness, some lasting several months. What I’ve learned is that when you spend time in silence, in vulnerability, and in connection with nature, what happens is that these useless thoughts that you have are just thrown out. You’re left with a cleaner mind.   …

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Exploring Wisdom: Bringing Joy into the Body

Dance has always been a part of my life. After years of rigorous training, I became a performer in New York City, Washington D.C., and later Boston. For the past 26 years, I’ve also been a choreographer making dances that ask questions about our fundamental relationship with ourselves, and with our beautiful blue planet.   …

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Articles We Love: A Return to Nature in April

  At the Art of Living Retreat Center, we know that one of the most profound pillars of healing and wellness is the natural world. Nature is a wise teacher, a gentle and fierce guide, and a way back into ourselves. We’re incredibly lucky to hold a space nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, …

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Silence

Exploring Wisdom: John Osborne on Finding More Silence

In a world that seems to get noisier every year, more and more of us are looking for a greater experience of silence in our lives. Although prayer and meditation have always been seen as traditionally effective methods of deepening silence, there are other ways to find it in the midst of a busy daily routine. Most of …

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Art of Silence Retreats

Art of Silence: Philip Fraser on Stillness and Alignment

We recently caught up with Philip Fraser, who has been teaching the Art of Silence since the early 1990s, to talk about the power of stillness and alignment. Philip offers his insights on letting go of distractions, becoming more present and aligned, and channeling balance and energy through the practice of stillness.   Being in …

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The Freedom of Silence

How Silence Saved Me

Silence is intimidating and hard to find in a world that is busy, loud, and chaotic – and this is precisely why it is necessary. Kavina T., a recent participant in our Silent Retreat and an Art of Living volunteer, recently shared her experiences and thoughts on this life-changing course.   I’ve been doing this …

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North Carolina Fall Colors: Discover Boone

It’s fall again! While fall is quickly passing, we did want to share some of the glorious moments we’ve experienced so far this autumn. And for those of you who have not yet made the trip, we encourage you to come view the North Carolina fall colors in all their spectacle in Boone! To continue, …

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Healing Power of Nature, Part 3: The Enchanted Forest

          “And in the wood, where often you and I Upon faint primrose-beds were wont to lie, Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet, There my Lysander and myself shall meet; And thence from Athens turn away our eyes, To seek new friends and stranger companies.” -William Shakespeare   A Secret …

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