Practices at sunrise at yoga retreat center.

Happiness Retreat

By AOLRC
November 10, 2018

Create Lasting Happiness

In today’s racing world, the mind has a tendency to get stuck either in the past or the future. But happiness is here and now. You miss the present moment when you are distracted, regretting yesterday or worried about tomorrow. Yet with practical, self-empowering tools using the breath, we can successfully counter the increasing demands of contemporary life.

During our signature Happiness Retreat, you will find out how to access the present moment and tap into your inner power and freedom — not just as a concept, but as a direct experience. This is the source of abiding happiness.

  • Reduced stress
  • Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
  • Less social anxiety
  • More ease in interpersonal relations

In the Happiness Retreat, you will learn to master practical techniques that can benefit you for the rest of your life. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Happiness Retreat is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique that uses precise natural rhythms to get you unstuck. You will also learn a form of this practice that you can continue at home for further growth.

A Retreat in the Mountains 

During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails, enjoy a free pottery class, release stress with a spa therapy or bask in the fresh mountain air, the choice is yours.

Make Your Retreat Extra Special

Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress.

Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older

Experiences: Helping You Thrive

Happiness Retreat

“I’m much more optimistic about my future. I feel that I’m not alone. I feel happier, more energetic and just better all around. I just feel fulfilled.”
– Valerie S.

“As for the Happiness retreat itself… Words cannot describe it. Literally. I arrived with 25 strangers and left with a deep love of each one of them in their own unique and special way. I was moved to tears, I laughed, I smiled, I worked, I relaxed more deeply than I thought humanly possible. If you are here reading this, then run (don’t walk) to the program nearest you and let the next beautiful chapter of your life begin.”
– FullPack, TripAdvisor.

“I’ve learned from the course to be happy exactly where I’m at at this point in time. I can feel the lightness and the shine in myself – just free and calm.
– Vera P.

“The breathing techniques that I learned, particularly the Kriya, I found very calming and very relaxing and something I hope to incorporate into my daily life.”
– John S.

 

These are just a few of the many transformative experiences that people have had in the program. The Happiness Retreat offers not just a comfortable weekend, but a chance for emotional release and inner peace. What you need is only a willingness to explore new things and an open mind.

Research 

Sudarshan Kriya research

 

Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya, the key technique of the program, significantly:

  • Reduces levels of stress
  • Supports the immune system
  • Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging. [6, 23, 27]

Read Additional Peer-Reviewed Results and References

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.

$785.00



Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.

$675.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.

$715.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.

$635.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.

$595.00

Session 1, Friday evening, 7:30-9:45pm: The Secret of the Breath
Session 2, Saturday morning, 7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
Session 3, Saturday morning, 9:30am-12:30pm: The Rhythms of Life
Session 4, Saturday evening, 5:15-6:15pm: Deepening Our Experience
Session 5, Sunday morning, 7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
Session 6, Sunday morning, 9:30am-1pm: New Start: Home Practice

Optional Saturday Activities:
Guided Nature Walk: 1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm
Pottery Class: 2-3pm, 3-4pm or 4-5pm

Mealtimes
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner

Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in
order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.

Directions for Printing
Download a print file of the directions

Address

The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.

MAP

Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)

Shuttles

The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Practices at sunrise at yoga retreat center.

Happiness Retreat

By AOLRC
November 7, 2018

Create Lasting Happiness

In today’s racing world, the mind has a tendency to get stuck either in the past or the future. But happiness is here and now. You miss the present moment when you are distracted, regretting yesterday or worried about tomorrow. Yet with practical, self-empowering tools using the breath, we can successfully counter the increasing demands of contemporary life.

During our signature Happiness Retreat, you will find out how to access the present moment and tap into your inner power and freedom — not just as a concept, but as a direct experience. This is the source of abiding happiness.

  • Reduced stress
  • Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
  • Less social anxiety
  • More ease in interpersonal relations

In the Happiness Retreat, you will learn to master practical techniques that can benefit you for the rest of your life. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Happiness Retreat is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique that uses precise natural rhythms to get you unstuck. You will also learn a form of this practice that you can continue at home for further growth.

A Retreat in the Mountains 

During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails, enjoy a free pottery class, release stress with a spa therapy or bask in the fresh mountain air, the choice is yours.

Make Your Retreat Extra Special

Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress.

Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older

Experiences: Helping You Thrive

Happiness Retreat

“I’m much more optimistic about my future. I feel that I’m not alone. I feel happier, more energetic and just better all around. I just feel fulfilled.”
– Valerie S.

“As for the Happiness retreat itself… Words cannot describe it. Literally. I arrived with 25 strangers and left with a deep love of each one of them in their own unique and special way. I was moved to tears, I laughed, I smiled, I worked, I relaxed more deeply than I thought humanly possible. If you are here reading this, then run (don’t walk) to the program nearest you and let the next beautiful chapter of your life begin.”
– FullPack, TripAdvisor.

“I’ve learned from the course to be happy exactly where I’m at at this point in time. I can feel the lightness and the shine in myself – just free and calm.
– Vera P.

“The breathing techniques that I learned, particularly the Kriya, I found very calming and very relaxing and something I hope to incorporate into my daily life.”
– John S.

 

These are just a few of the many transformative experiences that people have had in the program. The Happiness Retreat offers not just a comfortable weekend, but a chance for emotional release and inner peace. What you need is only a willingness to explore new things and an open mind.

Research 

Sudarshan Kriya research

 

Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya, the key technique of the program, significantly:

  • Reduces levels of stress
  • Supports the immune system
  • Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging. [6, 23, 27]

Read Additional Peer-Reviewed Results and References

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.

$685.00



Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.

$575.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.

$615.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.

$535.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.

$495.00

Day 1

Session 1, 7:30-9:45pm: The Secret of the Breath

Day 2

Session 2, 7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
Session 3, 9:30am-12:30pm: The Rhythms of Life
Session 4, 5:15-6:15pm: Deepening Our Experience

Day 3

Session 5,  7:30-8:30am: Morning Yoga
Session 6, 9:30am-1pm: New Start: Home Practice

Optional  Activities:
Pottery Class: 2-3pm, 3-4pm or 4-5pm (On Day 2)

Mealtimes
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner

Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in
order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.

Directions for Printing
Download a print file of the directions

Address

The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.

MAP

Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)

Shuttles

The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

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Silent Retreat

By AOLRC
November 1, 2018

Overview

A Mystic Journey Within

The Silent Retreat provides optimal conditions for going deep within, quieting mental chatter, and experiencing profound rest and inner silence. The practice of silence — of consciously withdrawing energy and attention from outer distraction — has been used in different traditions throughout time as a pathway to physical, mental, and spiritual renewal.

This program combines the Happiness Retreat and several days of silent contemplation with unique guided meditations as well as advanced breathing techniques. The first two days include various talking processes, which actually deepen your experience of silence. You will also take home a beautiful practice to sustain inner quiet and peace in daily life.

Why take 3-4 days out of your busy life for a meditation retreat?

These few days make the rest of your year more alive, productive and full of energy. When you emerge, you feel recharged and refreshed, ready to take on all your responsibilities with greater focus and joy.

  • Get much-needed rest in an all-inclusive guided retreat
  • Go deeper with advanced guided meditations, silent inquiry and rejuvenating yoga
  • Emerge rejuvenated

Your whole stay is carefully guided and crafted to give you as relaxing and transformative an experience possible. There’s morning yoga, nature walks in the mountains, delicious plant-based dining and a supportive atmosphere for your inner journey. It’s no wonder that many course participants refer to it as the ideal vacation for body, mind, and spirit.

What People Are Saying:

I have been to other silent retreats… but basically, we were just silent and did our own thing, with optional classes we could attend throughout the day. But what we did here is so much more. What you guys offer is a full curriculum—the guided meditations, the service, the wisdom, the music—all of this took me on a journey far deeper than I thought possible.” — Silent Retreat participant

I feel more like myself after the Silence Retreat. My life goes smoother after it, and I feel the difference for a good 3-6 months.” — Daniel Moss

It was very, very powerful. I gained such a sense of calm, more than I ever could have imagined.” — Max Goldberg, livingmaxwell.com

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Healing in Nature: Reawakening Our Connection to Animals and the Natural World

By Support
October 16, 2018

The Presence of the Natural World as a Direct Path to Personal Healing and Collective Transformation

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Living in the world today is complicated – chaos, anxiety and fear bombard us constantly. How can we navigate our way through the chaos?  The Kingdom of Nature gives us a solution, offering us a pathway beyond circumstance, beyond anxiety and fear to the truth of who we are. Immersed in the sacred presence of nature we experience infinite intelligence, and a depth of profound love awareness that heals, empowers and transforms us.

This is a very experiential workshop.

I use my personal techniques to open people’s hearts and minds, and, outside in nature we reawaken direct connection with our greatest teachers – nature and animals. I lead participants in a deep dive into ancient, sacred wisdom, and unity – where physical, emotional, and spiritual healing occur naturally.

When we silently tune into the frequency of nature, infinite intelligence whispers to us in a language beyond words. All we need to do is listen, and we will receive profound insight and clarity in all areas of life. We receive direct guidance about how to show up in the world as our best selves, and how to be of service.

“There is a sacred collective memory, a deep wisdom that the natural world invites us to experience. When we align ourselves to her consciousness the secrets of the universe unfold and we are forever transformed.”

 ~ Dr. Linda Bender

What every participant will learn:

  • Nature offers a direct path, beyond our mind, to experience personal and collective transformation
  • The natural world reawakens the truth of who we are and have always been.  
  • Access deep levels of ancient, sacred wisdom in nature.
  • Amplify intuitive skills.
  • Cultivating spiritual practices within nature.
  • Nature as a direct path to spiritual awakening.
  • Nature as psychotherapy in an age of chaos.
  • Nature heals us – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Empower participants to show up as conscious activists in the world, serving the greater good.

Presenter ImageDr. Linda Bender  holds a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine, is a gifted healer, and spiritual teacher. She is an internationally renowned animal advocate, speaker, and author of the award winning Amazon best-seller Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals.Her work has been endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra, and many more.

During the fourteen years she spent living in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, her work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife. This work deepened her passion to be a strong voice for the voiceless in the world. Her interest in spirituality led her to study many of the world’s wisdom and healing traditions, she is a certified teacher of meditation, Ayurveda and energy medicine.

She is the co-founder of From the Heart, a non-profit charity that directly serves animals and their habitats.

For more information, please visit LindaBender.org

Facebook   Dr. Linda Bender    

Instagram  @drlindabender

Twitter       @Drlindabender

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.

$835.00



Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.

$685.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.

$729.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.

$617.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.

$575.00

Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Arrival Day 7:30-9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Departure Day 9:00-11:00 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)

General Guest Information
We hope you enjoy your stay with us at the Art of Living Retreat Center. While here, we invite you to
immerse in the quiet peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains and connect with yourself. Apart from the activities
in your program schedule, there are also opportunities to join daily yoga and meditation classes, restorative
Ayurvedic spa treatments, guided hiking trails, pottery classes, evening Kirtans, the outdoor labyrinth or the
weekly Bonfire. Here are more details for your stay:

Arrival Day
3:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, but if you arrive early we will hold luggage at Reception.

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)

Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)
7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall) During Program Dates only
9:45-10:45 am/4:15-5:15 pm Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) Saturdays and Sundays only
2:00-3:15 pm Property Tour (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
1:30-2:30 pm/3:00-4:00 pm Guided Nature Walk (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
5:30-6:00 pm Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)
8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only

Mealtimes
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner

Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in
order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.

Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt. Clay
pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an appointment.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in

*If a spa appointment is made during a Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, guests may request a meal to be boxed for
pickup by asking spa reception.
**Meals are served during the following times – 7:30-9:30am for Breakfast, 12-2:00pm for Lunch, and 6:00-
7:30pm for Dinner. Food will be put away at the ending times, but the dining hall will remain open.
***Please call the spa in advance to book spa treatments during your free time if you are interested. The
phone number is (828) 264-8382.

Directions for Printing
Download a print file of the directions

Address

The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.

MAP

Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)

Shuttles

The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Iyengar Yoga Immersion

By Support
September 12, 2018

Journey to the Self through Asana & Pranayama

Deepen your practice of Iyengar yoga and experience a new level of self-awareness that brings clarity, peace, and strength. Rooted in the ancient wisdom of yoga, Iyengar places great focus on alignment and sequencing and features practices to promote holistic health and balance, healing and personal growth.

This immersion will expand your knowledge of the Iyengar lineage and provide a supportive space for you to develop your asana, pranayama and meditative work. As the days progress, you’ll follow a thread of learning in which each practice and philosophy discussion builds on the last – whether you start the immersion as a beginner or seasoned practitioner.

During this four day experience you can expect to:

· Explore the layers of your Self, from the physical body to the more subtle emotional and energetic bodies.

· Cultivate mindful movement and develop your physical understanding of yoga postures.

· Gain new insight into your personal potential and let go of habitual patterns.

· Learn how to adapt asanas to be safe and beneficial for your unique body.

With clear guidance and skillful adjustments you’ll move into postures with ease, and explore the power of breathing techniques with confidence and joy.

Yoga students of all levels are welcome – including beginners and yoga teachers.

Marla is a senior level Iyengar Yoga teacher, named by Yoga Journal as one of twenty-one yoga teachers helping to shape the future of yoga. With a degree in Buddhist Philosophy and ongoing involvement in medical research studies exploring the role of yoga in the treatment of depression, anxiety and IBS, she is passionate about creating avenues for the therapeutic use of yoga. She is a founding board member of the non-profit organization Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics, and is a member of the certification committee of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S.A. Marla teaches in Los Angeles and around the world, and travels to India every year to further her studies of yoga.

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.

$1,086.00



Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.

$885.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.

$945.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.

$795.00



Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.

$738.00

Thursday, August 1 st
3 pm – Check-in
6:00 pm – 7 pm – Dinner
7:05 pm – 7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation – MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Program Session

Friday, August 2nd
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness (optional)
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Program Session 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Free Time*
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Program Session
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:15pm – Meditative Chant — Kirtan (optional)

Saturday, August  3rd
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness (optional)
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Breakfast
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Program Session 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Free Time*
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Program Session
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 8:15pm – Meditative Chant — Kirtan (optional)

 

Sunday, August 4th
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Morning Meditation/Yoga/Fitness (optional)
8:00 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am -11:30 am – Program Session 
11 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12 pm – Lunch is included in your stay this day!

 

*If a spa appointment is made during a Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, guests may request a meal to be boxed for
pickup by asking spa reception.
**Meals are served during the following times – 7:30-9:30am for Breakfast, 12-2:00pm for Lunch, and 6:00-
7:30pm for Dinner. Food will be put away at the ending times, but the dining hall will remain open.
***Please call the spa in advance to book spa treatments during your free time if you are interested. The
phone number is (828) 264-8382.

Directions for Printing
Download a print file of the directions

Address

The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.

MAP

Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)

Shuttles

The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Listening Deeply: Practices for Self Discovery

By Support
September 12, 2018

Connect to Your Inner Wisdom

There is wisdom within you just waiting to be discovered.

Listening Deeply is a unique program brought to you by a team of experts who integrate ancient wisdom with modern medicine. Pioneers in their respective fields, their vast collective knowledge base spans clinical psychology and cardiology, to yoga therapy and meditation.

With this combined expertise you will be guided deeply within as you explore the power of listening closely to yourself, others, and the natural world. You will discover holistic approaches to understanding the self through traditional techniques and reflection on sacred texts, as well as perspectives from cutting-edge medical science.

Through mindful yoga practice, meditation, group sharing and outdoor meditative work, you will:

· Learn invaluable practices for listening deeply to your body, heart, and innate wisdom.

· Cultivate your ability to connect with others and with the environment.

· Discover the Relax Into Yoga approach. This gentle practice informed by traditional yogic teachings stretches and strengthens your body, quiets your cognition, enhances your energy and opens you to the lessons available from other people, and from the natural world.

· Begin to become aware of and listen to the abundant wisdom from subtle energies.

You will take home a sense of connection with the wisdom of listening deeply, and practices to continue your exploration beyond the retreat.

Open to all. The program will include gentle movement and short walking meditation. If you have physical limitations that will affect your ability to participate in these activities please let us know in advance.

Presenters

Jim Carson PhD is an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and developed the Yoga of
Awareness program with Kimberly at Duke University, as well as the first mindfulness program for couples and a loving-kindness meditation program for medical patients. After living for 22 years
as a swami (monk in the yoga tradition), Jim became a clinical psychologist and applies his expertise to the development and evaluation of meditation-based treatments.

 

Kimberly Carson MPH C-IAYT, is a health educator and yoga therapist at OHSU and specializes in the therapeutic use of mindfulness and yoga for people with medical challenges. She codirects the Mindful Yoga Professional
Trainings with Jim, and codirects the Integrative Yoga for
Seniors Professional Trainings with Carol. She is co-author, with
Carol, of the book Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week
Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility and Pain Relief.

 

Carol Krucoff C-IAYT E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine and co-director with Kimberly of Yoga for
Seniors, a network of yoga teachers dedicated to making yoga
practices safe and effective for older adults. Carol is also an award-winning journalist and founding editor of the Washington Post’s Health Section; and she has authored several books — including Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.


Mitchell W. Krucoff M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.S.C.A.I — is an interventional cardiologist and Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, as well as Director of the Cardiovascular Devices Unit at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is known for pioneering research in a number of areas, including complementary therapies in cardiovascular care, and has authored over 300 publications in the cardiology literature.

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.

$1,027.80



Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.

$826.80



Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.

$886.80



Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.

$736.80



Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.

$679.80

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Address

The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.

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Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)

Shuttles

The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive

By Support
September 10, 2018

Overview

Wouldn’t you LOVE to be able to facilitate people making real changes and having lasting healing?

Some coaching, psychology, and ministerial programs teach only intellectual practices. They teach formulas and strategies. But a truly healing therapy session is all about being able to be in your heart and meet your client from that space.

When you come at people from the intellect, it often creates more judgment and prolongs suffering for both you and them. You might be able to seem to achieve a temporary fix, but that just delays real healing.  When you approach your clients from a spiritual, heart centered place, you open the opportunity for true, lasting transformation and that’s what people desire – real change.

Whether you’re already a licensed therapist, counselor, healer, practitioner, teacher, minister or still studying, this intensive training will assist you to increase your feelings of confidence and your success in working with clients. You will be able to support your clients in moving out of pain, into living miraculous lives and making their dreams come true.

Taking the Spiritual Counseling Intensive was the best decision of my life.
The transformations I experienced were life changing.

Lorri Gifford, Coach

 

This Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive program is a multi-layered, thorough and profoundly deep, rigorous training for those who would like to become masterful at Spiritual Counseling. This includes opening up your intuition, healing your life, and becoming truly masterful. For most of us this is something we achieve over many years of deep inner work, training and study, however, this training will help you speed up the process so you can be truly helpful to others sooner.

Learn more about:
Spiritual Counseling
Certification
Testimonials

Open to anyone with a desire for deep inner work.

If you would like to receive CEU’s  please contact [email protected] for assistance.

About the Teachers


Jennifer Hadley has led over 50,000 spiritual seekers to unlock the secret of becoming more successful and helping more of the people they want to serve. She has been working as a spiritual writer, speaker, teacher and counselor in Los Angeles since 1998. An active minister, Science of Mind practitioner and spiritual counselor, Jennifer completed all her training at and is licensed by the Agape International Spiritual Center – a trans-denominational spiritual community founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, who is well known for his appearances in The Secret and on Oprah, Larry King and others.

Jennifer Hadley has felt the difference in her life, and seen the changes brought forth as a result of aligning with her Holy Purpose. Jennifer teaches classes in how to move out of being a prisoner of the ego to living in the flow of Love. You can find Freedom. You can feel truly masterful at all times. This is your inheritance! More


Learning Outcomes

Each day focuses on different aspects of counseling work to give you a solid foundation on all levels.

Part of the training will be lecture but the majority of the time will be spent in group and one on one interactions, allowing for real-time application, insight and improvement.

It will be a small, intimate group, so you’ll get plenty of individual attention and assistance.

You’ll become familiar with various exercises and practical tips and tools to immediately get results and increase the effectiveness of your work with clients.

This training is deeply transformative and what you learn and apply in this intensive training will benefit everyone in your life.

Here are some of the topics we’ll be going into depth on:

ATTRACT MORE CLIENTS
Magnetize and attract the perfect clients for you to be of service to

REMOVE BLOCKS TO SUCCESS
Discover your hidden blocks to success and how to heal them

BENEFIT MORE PEOPLE
Get out of your own way so your counseling practice can thrive and benefit more people

INCREASE CONFIDENCE
Release resistance, reluctance, shame, fear of failure and unworthiness that keep you playing small and repelling clients

UPLEVEL YOUR MARKETING
Improve the promotion and marketing of your services

SUCCESS WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS
How to get back into your heart when your client is triggering you

INCREASE INTUITION
Tap into your intuitive guidance to bring about miraculous transformation in a counseling session

BE MORE EFFECTIVE
Learn how to quickly recognize and eliminate the thoughts and beliefs that are the root cause of suffering. Create miraculous healing

APPLY SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE
Deepen your own spiritual practice, and anchor yourself to be a more beneficial presence for your clients.



Schedule

On ALL mornings except Sunday (final morning):

Silence and inner focus until our start time, unless in a counseling session

 

Monday – Day 1

3:00 – 6:00      Participants check-In

6:00 — 7:00     Dinner available in main dining room

6:45 – 7:00      Art of Living Retreat Center Orientation (required)

7:00 – 9:30      Opening – experiential learning

HOMEWORK for the morning:  Fearless moral inventory of reasons why you shouldn’t do this – all the self-judgment and insecurity.

 

Tuesday – Day 2

7:30 – 9:30      Breakfast available in main dining room – observe the silence

9:30 – 12:30   Morning Session – experiential learning

12:30 to 1:30  Lunch available in main dining room

JH has 1pm class with Venerable

2:30 – 4:30      Afternoon Session – experiential learning

4:30 – 6:00      Individual Sessions

6:00 – 7:00      Dinner available in main dining room

7:00 – 9:30      Evening program – Movie? & Discussion

 

Wednesday – Day 3

7:30 – 9:30      Breakfast available in main dining room – observe the silence

9:30 – 12:00   Morning Session – experiential learning

12:00 to 1:00  Lunch available in main dining room

JHH has  class at 1pm to 2:30

2:30 – 6:00      Afternoon Session – experiential learning

6:00 – 7:00      Dinner in main dining room

7:00 – 9:00      Individual Sessions –

 

Thursday – Day 4

7:30 – 9:30      Breakfast available in main dining room – observe the silence

9:30 – 12:30   Morning Session – experiential learning

12:30 to 1:30  Lunch available in main dining room

2:00 – 4:30      Afternoon Session – experiential learning

4:30 – 6:00      Individual Sessions

6:00 – 7:00      Dinner in main dining room

7:00 – 8:30      Fire Pit – New Moon – Fire Puja

 

Friday – Day 5

7:30 – 9:30      Breakfast available in main dining room

9:30 – 12:30   Morning Session – experiential learning

12:30 to 1:30  Lunch in main dining room

2:00 – 5:30      Afternoon Session – experiential learning

6:00 – 7:00      Dinner available in main dining room

7:00 – 9:00      Individual Sessions – Spa evening – your choice

 

Saturday – Day 6

7:30 – 9:30      Breakfast available in main dining room

9:30 – 12:30   Morning Session – experiential learning

12:30 to 1:30  Lunch in main dining room

2:00 – 4:30      Afternoon Session – experiential learning

4:30 – 6:00      Individual Sessions

5:30 – 7:30      Dinner in main dining room

7:00 – 9:30      Evening program – Movie? & Discussion

 

Sunday – Day 7

7:30 – 9:00      Breakfast available in main dining room

9:00 – 1:00      Closing Session – experiential learning

1:00 to 1:30   Lunch in main dining room

Checkout time 11am


Forgive & Be Free

By Support
September 10, 2018

Overview

Many people are deeply challenged with forgiveness issues leaving them feeling stuck, hurting and unable to move on.

Jennifer Hadley has been teaching forgiveness since 2000 and has helped thousands of people to forgive, move on and feel free of the past.

Join us in the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains and together, with like-minded souls, you will learn how to free yourself from limited thinking and beliefs, surrender the blocks to love, activate self-love, self-worth and self-compassion and ultimately experience deep, true and lasting forgiveness. Discover how to activate more joy in your life and break the habit of complaining and judging. Start to move from studying spirituality to actually living it and begin to forgive that which has seemed unforgivable so you can move on. Experience a weekend of healing, laughter and fun!

Return home with a deep sense of having laid the burden down and the ability to handle everyday occurrences with more love and compassion.

You’ll be amazed when you stop investing your precious energy in old hurts how you can have all that energy back to invest in LOVE!

The retreat will be of interest to spiritual students of all kinds and all faiths and of particular interest to anyone in the therapeutic community who might be helping people to forgive.

Jennifer can assist anyone who would like to receive CEUs for this program.

About the Teacher


Jennifer Hadley has led over 50,000 spiritual seekers to unlock the secret of becoming more successful and helping more of the people they want to serve. She has been working as a spiritual writer, speaker, teacher and counselor in Los Angeles since 1998. An active minister, Science of Mind practitioner and spiritual counselor, Jennifer completed all her training at and is licensed by the Agape International Spiritual Center – a trans-denominational spiritual community founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, who is well known for his appearances in The Secret and on Oprah, Larry King and others.

Jennifer Hadley has felt the difference in her life, and seen the changes brought forth as a result of aligning with her Holy Purpose. Jennifer teaches classes in how to move out of being a prisoner of the ego to living in the flow of Love. You can find Freedom. You can feel truly masterful at all times. This is your inheritance! More

 

Schedule

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Silent Retreat

By AOLRC
August 19, 2018

Overview

A Mystic Journey Within

The Silent Retreat provides optimal conditions for going deep within, quieting mental chatter, and experiencing profound rest and inner silence. The practice of silence — of consciously withdrawing energy and attention from outer distraction — has been used in different traditions throughout time as a pathway to physical, mental, and spiritual renewal.

This program combines the Happiness Retreat and several days of silent contemplation with unique guided meditations as well as advanced breathing techniques. The first two days include various talking processes, which actually deepen your experience of silence. You will also take home a beautiful practice to sustain inner quiet and peace in daily life.

Why take 3-4 days out of your busy life for a meditation retreat?

These few days make the rest of your year more alive, productive and full of energy. When you emerge, you feel recharged and refreshed, ready to take on all your responsibilities with greater focus and joy.

  • Get much-needed rest in an all-inclusive guided retreat
  • Go deeper with advanced guided meditations, silent inquiry and rejuvenating yoga
  • Emerge rejuvenated

Your whole stay is carefully guided and crafted to give you as relaxing and transformative an experience possible. There’s morning yoga, nature walks in the mountains, delicious plant-based dining and a supportive atmosphere for your inner journey. It’s no wonder that many course participants refer to it as the ideal vacation for body, mind, and spirit.

What People Are Saying:

I have been to other silent retreats… but basically, we were just silent and did our own thing, with optional classes we could attend throughout the day. But what we did here is so much more. What you guys offer is a full curriculum—the guided meditations, the service, the wisdom, the music—all of this took me on a journey far deeper than I thought possible.” — Silent Retreat participant

I feel more like myself after the Silence Retreat. My life goes smoother after it, and I feel the difference for a good 3-6 months.” — Daniel Moss

It was very, very powerful. I gained such a sense of calm, more than I ever could have imagined.” — Max Goldberg, livingmaxwell.com

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Silent Retreat

By AOLRC
August 19, 2018

Silent Meditation Retreat — A Mystical Journey Within

Take four days out of your busy life to quiet the mind, expand the heart, and experience profound rest, inner awakening, and stillness.
Join Michael Fischman for a silent meditation retreat program in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where you can watch the sun rise and set over a canopy of endless forest and mountaintops.
Morning yoga, nature walks in the mountains, delicious plant-based dining, and an opportunity to get rejuvenating treatments at the renowned Shankara Ayurveda Spa.
The program includes . . .

·      The powerful yogic breathing technique, Sudarshan Kriya, which studies have shown to relieve stress and fatigue while boosting the immune system and increasing awareness, positive emotions, and energy levels.

·      Deep silence, with unique guided meditations that effortlessly release old patterns.

·      Interactive processes, inner exploration, and discussions that will help you experience and integrate the benefits of silence and meditation into every aspect of your life.

·      You will also take home a beautiful practice to sustain inner quiet and peace in daily life.

 

Why take 3-4 days out of your busy life for a meditation retreat?

These few days make the rest of your year more alive, productive and full of energy. When you emerge, you feel recharged and refreshed, ready to take on all your responsibilities with greater focus and joy.

  • Get much-needed rest in an all-inclusive guided retreat
  • Go deeper with advanced guided meditations, silent inquiry and rejuvenating yoga
  • Emerge rejuvenated

Your whole stay is carefully guided and crafted to give you as relaxing and transformative an experience possible. There’s morning yoga, nature walks in the mountains, delicious plant-based dining and a supportive atmosphere for your inner journey. It’s no wonder that many course participants refer to it as the ideal vacation for body, mind, and spirit.

 

What People Are Saying:

I have been to other silent retreats… but basically, we were just silent and did our own thing, with optional classes we could attend throughout the day. But what we did here is so much more. What you guys offer is a full curriculum—the guided meditations, the service, the wisdom, the music—all of this took me on a journey far deeper than I thought possible.” — Silent Retreat participant

I feel more like myself after the Silence Retreat. My life goes smoother after it, and I feel the difference for a good 3-6 months.” — Daniel Moss

It was very, very powerful. I gained such a sense of calm, more than I ever could have imagined.” — Max Goldberg, livingmaxwell.com

 

 

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