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.
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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.

Panchakarma Cleanse & Detox

Panchakarma is a traditional authentic Ayurvedic approach to cleansing. Customized to your unique body type, imbalances, and lifestyle and through a series of consulations with Ayurveda experts, treatments, food, meditations, educational sessions, we will gently release physical and emotional toxins and stressors from the mind and body. And harness the natural intelligence of the body to restore optimal health and balance, with a renewed sense of 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.
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Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress Retreat

Our holistic approach to addressing anxiety, depression, and chronic stress—based on Ayurveda's 5000-year-old wellness and healthcare system—provides a solid foundation to heal and restore the body to optimal health. It IS possible to regain a life with happiness, clarity, and emotional stability.

On-Demand 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. Dive into the knowledge and experience of Ayurveda on-demand.

The Ayurvedic Daily Routine

Looking for accessible, holistic ways to live a more authentic and balanced life? Shankara's Director Kim Rossi teaches you practices and tips to keep you feeling confident, balanced, and happy all year long.

Managing Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia the Ayurveda Way

Take control of your own well-being and begin to flow naturally, peacefully, and joyfully through life.

Managing Inflammation

Dr. Poornima Sharma introduces accessible dietary tips, mindfulness practices, tools, and techniques to manage, reduce, and even eliminate chronic inflammation, its symptoms, and diseases.

Manage Your Health with Ayurveda

Discover the power and freedom of health and happiness with our 3-course eLearning package.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Shankara Ayurveda Wellness: Authentic Ayurveda

Experience our award-winning Ayurveda health facility in, Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, where ancient Ayurveda is combined with contemporary wellness to bring you the ultimate therapeutic experience.

Our team of highly-trained Ayurvedic practitioners and therapists are dedicated to providing excellence in Ayurvedic health and well-being. We specialize in individualized holistic care for the whole mind-body complex and the management of health conditions.

Relax and rejuvenate in our deeply healing and restful setting, 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 at Shankara Ayurveda Wellness.


“2024 Best Detox Program”

2016 Winner: Best Hidden Gem, Best for Yoga, Best for Mind, Body, Spirit
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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.


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.


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

Located in Boone, NC, 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 escapes—or simply create your own! Discover what nurtures and 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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