Shankara Ayurveda Wellness

Ancient Ayurveda integrated with contemporary wellness to bring body, mind, spirit, and environment into balance.

At the Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, we know how important whole-being wellness is to living a life of health and happiness. We provide a number of Ayurveda retreats to help people come closer to the experience of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. With us, an Ayurveda retreat is not just theoretical—our time-tested cleanses, educational programs, and Ayurveda treatments dive deep into the Ayurveda experience and provide you all the tools you need for the healing, health, and wellness you deserve. Learn what works for your body and emerge feeling lighter, well-rested, and ready to take on the world.

Relax, Restore & Renew

Take time for self-care.
Experience deep rest and rejuvenation.

Cleanse & Detox

Feel lighter, energized, and vital. Try an effective, gentle and deeply healing way to reset your body.

Return to Radiant Health

Explore natural, holistic ways to de-stress and restore harmony inside and out.

Ayurveda says there are four aspects: hitaaya and ahitayu, sukhayu and dukhayu. Or in English, what is good for the body and what is not, what makes us happy and what makes us sad. Like driving a car, once you know the rules of the road, you can get around safely. Ayurveda uses knowledge about these four aspects to help you more expertly (and enjoyably!) navigate your life.

Elements of the Body

The body is made of five elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Physiologically, these elements function as three bio-dynamic forces, called vata, pitta, and kapha. You may have heard of vata, pitta, and kapha described as dhatus, substances, doshas, prakriti, or our natural constitution. Why are they important? While every individual is born with five elements, the constitutional makeup and the relative proportions of each element are a little different, and our lifestyle also differs based on which type or types we favor.

Ayurveda Wellness Cleanse/Detox Retreats

Do you greet each day with a lightness of being, a freshness in perspective, and vibrancy in health? When you look after your well-being, this becomes a natural, effortless state. You feel vital, clear, relaxed, and balanced physically and emotionally. But life gets busy and personal health is often sidelined. The body can feel sluggish with dull aches and pains, the mind clouded and busy, sleep impaired, and everything just seems a little out off. Our bodies give us these indicators as a reminder to relax and restore balance.

Panchakarma can help by reversing the negative effects of daily living to restore you to a natural state of health and vitality. Through this therapeutic process, your body and mind are cleared of toxins—bringing your systems back into balance and proper functioning. Lifestyle recommendations based on your unique constitution help you sustain this well-being.

7-Day Ayurveda
Home Cleanse

A simple yet profound method to remove deep-seated toxins and impurities, and reset your digestive system. Our dosha-personalized package has everything you need to cleanse in the comfort of your home, including expert guidance through the entire process. You'll experience pre- and post-cleanse consultations, video presentations, and a complete cleanse starter kit.
Includes
starter kit
and expert support

Blueprint for Vibrant Health Cleanse
Freedom from Anxiety and Chronic Stress

The Blueprint for Vibrant Health 21-day program is a 3-phase approach to detoxifying your body and mind, restoring balance, and resetting your entire being. This home-cleanse program is led by expert Ayurveda practitioners who are committed to guiding you successfully on your journey. Customized to include everything you need to get the most of your cleanse.

Ayurveda Education Programs

Ayurveda is the art and science of tuning the body into balance, harnessing the body’s natural intelligence for optimal health. From learning the foundations of Ayurveda to how to take care of your body and prevent disease, our Ayurveda education programming gives you the tools to take control of your health and well-being.
Most of our retreats are offered both online and on-campus—you can learn in the comfort of your home or visit us and completely immerse at our beautiful mountaintop campus. Dive into the knowledge and experience of Ayurveda in any of these signature programs.

Ayurveda Culinary Retreat

Learn how to take care of your body type and thrive in every season, through Chef Nalini Mehta’s masterful demonstrations of authentic Ayurvedic food preparation.

Managing Inflammation

In this empowering program with Dr. Poornima Sharma, discover your dosha and learn time-tested Ayurveda wellness practices, tools, and techniques to help you manage inflammation and prevent disease.

Women's Health

From Puberty to Post-Menopause
A weekend of deep healing, transformation, bliss, and pampering. This authentic Ayurveda-based program that will teach you simple and sustainable daily practices for greater health and happiness during the transitional phases of life.

Holistic Spine Care Retreat

Want to strengthen your spine and keep it healthy? Join us for this transformative spinal care program to learn holistic pain management techniques and strengthening postures for the spine.

Discover Ayurveda

Learn how to attain optimal health through a deeper understanding of yourself and your unique nature in relationship to the world around you. This introduction to Ayurveda program is the ideal retreat for anyone looking for accessible, holistic ways to live a more authentic and balanced life.

Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress Wellness Retreat

Our holistic approach to addressing anxiety, depression, and chronic stress nourishes you mind, body, and spirit. From healing with food to restoring with Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to detox and rebalance—we take self-care to the next level and give you the tools to take control of your well-being.
Not available in 2020.

Ayurveda Treatments & Consultations

Ayurvedic treatments are powerfully effective in their ability to purify toxins and imbalances as well as nourishing, deeply relaxing, and luxurious. Our expert staff will customize oils and herbs to your unique dosha and needs ensuring your therapies remove impurities, restore balance, boost your immunity, and promote vitality and wellness. From consultations to body wraps, facials, and massages to energy treatments—you’ll be guided and cared for so you can completely relax into bliss.

Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultations

Work with an expert Ayurvedic practitioner to set personalized health and wellness goals—incorporating self-care techniques to bring you into balance, through diet, lifestyle, stress management, seasonal cleansing, and herbs.
Available via
video conference!

Pulse Assessment with an Ayurvedic Vaidya

Pulse assessment is one of the key diagnostic tools of Ayurveda. An Ayurvedic practitioner examines overall qualities of the pulse to gain information about your physical constitution and health. This forms the basis for recommended therapies and treatments to bring your whole-being back into balance.

Ayurveda Body Treatments & Therapies

Choose from a range of authentic Ayurveda body treatments and services, including abhyanga (detoxifying warm-oil massage), shirodhara (relaxation therapy), signature massages, herbal exfoliations, ear-nose-eye therapies. Limited availability in 2020.

You drive up this mountain and it’s instant, total bliss. It’s beautiful. Everything about it is magical.

—Chelsea H.

Shankara Ayurveda Wellness: Authentic Ayurveda

Experience our award-winning Ayurveda health facility at Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, located deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We combine ancient Ayurveda with contemporary wellness to bring you the ultimate therapeutic experience.
Our team of Ayurvedic practitioners, highly-trained therapists, and esteemed board-certified western medical doctor are dedicated to providing excellence in Ayurvedic health and well-being. Together, we specialize in individualized holistic care to the whole mind-body complex and the management of health conditions. Relax and rejuvenate in the deeply healing and restful setting of Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, and enjoy a blend of facilities to support your well-being, including a relaxation room, steam room, movement studio, dedicated dining area, and a cooking demonstration kitchen. Your journey to health and vitality begins here.

“Best Ayurveda Program”

“2016 Winner: Best Hidden Gem, Best for Yoga, Best for Mind, Body, Spirit”
“A 380-acre sanctuary… a balancing act of rest and activities”
“5 Wellness Retreats You Should Escape to ASAP”
“2016 Reader’s Choice Winner: Best Health & Wellness”

Dedicated Team

Our team immerses itself in the dual traditions of Ayurveda and yoga, not just as professionals, but as a powerful way of life. Ranked the #1 Ayurveda program in the US by Organic Spa Magazine, we are one of only a handful of centers dedicated to offering such an exclusive focus on Ayurveda in the US.

Effective

The one-on-one guidance of Ayurvedic experts and the combination of diet with personal Ayurvedic treatments—such as marma, abhyanga, and shirodhara—that you’ll receive at the Center greatly enhances the overall impact of the process. This synergy of massage, diet, relaxing steams, herbal supplements, and more is not only the traditional way, but much more effective than the sum of its parts.

Convenience

We know that when you cleanse, you need space and time for rest. You do not want to worry about traffic jams and missed appointments, standing over a hot stove cooking, tracking down exotic ingredients, and the other mundane details typically associated with such a process. We take care of your food, room, treatments, and all the little details to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Spectacular Natural Setting

Our stunning natural surroundings are perfect for taking time for yourself and your body to relax deeply and restore your energy. Boone is a vacation destination in itself, and the Center’s peaceful location on top of a mountain creates an ideal setting for deep cleansing. Add to this the tranquil atmosphere of the spa, and you have a relaxing place to get deep rest.

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Unwind, let go and bathe in the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

From the moment you arrive, everything is taken care of. Our deeply restful and healing retreat environment invites you to relax and rejuvenate in any way your heart desires. Choose from an array of retreats including health, nutrition and weight-management to gentle detoxes and wellness getaways… or simply create your own! Discover what nurtures you, supports you, and take home a wealth of tools and knowledge to maintain your relaxed, balanced and renewed sense of well-being.

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The perfect place to clear your mind.

Many people believe the mountains are the closest point to the heavens and we couldn’t agree more.  There are thousands of reasons to meditate in nature. It’s a place where wisdom and perception come alive. It activates our senses and makes letting go of worries easier. The usual distractions seem far away and unimportant. It’s easier to let go of worries (and electronic devices!!) when you’re communing with nature.

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