19th Annual NAMA Conference

Ayurvedic Science in Modern Times
LODGING + MEALS FROM
$167
per person/per night + tax
(CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOT INCLUDED)
Reviews
4.9/5
APRIL 27–30, 2023
with VASANT LAD, RAMKUMAR KUTTY, and SHEILA PATEL
with VASANT LAD, RAMKUMAR KUTTY, and SHEILA PATEL
APRIL 27–30, 2023
LODGING + MEALS FROM:
$167
per person/per night + tax
(CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOT INCLUDED)
APRIL 27–30, 2023

Join Us for the 19th Annual NAMA Conference!

It is our pleasure to announce that the 2023 NAMA Conference will take place from Friday, April 28–Sunday, April 30, 2023, at the Art of Living Retreat Center. This upcoming in-person-only conference will include three renowned featured speakers and multiple opportunities for NAMA community members to come together and explore a variety of topics and learning formats.

Ayurvedic Science in Modern Times

The stresses and strains of modern living have taxed the planet and everyone on it. We are currently facing an ongoing pandemic, the rapid emergence of new pathogens and novel syndromes, along with surging levels of “lifestyle diseases,” such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and atherosclerosis.

As the mainstream medical system struggles to help the mounting numbers of people in crisis, its reliance on increasingly costly conventional treatments that often fail to address all the complexities involved continues to drive demand for broadly accessible complementary healthcare options that empower individuals to optimize their total well-being by harnessing the innate healing wisdom of the body and mind. Ayurveda epitomizes this natural, holistic approach to healthcare.

This year’s conference offers an opportune forum for our Ayurvedic community to share their collective knowledge of this time-tested medicine as its relevance to the welfare of humanity becomes increasingly apparent.

Please note This page is for lodging and meals only. Lodging costs do not include NAMA conference registration. For detailed conference information and to register for the annual NAMA conference, please visit ayurvedanama.org.

Keynote Speakers

Vasant Lad

Vasant Lad

Vasant Lad is a native of India and served for three years as the medical director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was a professor of clinical medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic medicine for 15 years. He holds a BAMS degree from the University of Pune and a master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MAsc) degree from Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya. His academic and practical training includes the study of allopathy (Western medicine), surgery, and traditional Ayurveda. He traveled to the US in 1979 and started the Ayurvedic Institute in 1984. The author of numerous books, Dr. Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. His work comprises more than 500,000 copies of his books in print in the US and has been translated into 20+ languages. He has been influential and a visionary in starting many organizations that help to support health, wellness, and herbal sustainability such as the Ayurvedic Institute in Asheville, NC, AyurPrana, and Banyan Botanicals.

Ramkumar Kutty

Ramkumar Kutty

Ramkumar Kutty, BAMS, is a student of Ayurveda and has spoken across the world for 20+ years. Ramkumar is the Founder of Punarnava Ayurveda, committed to “Authentic Ayurveda for Universal Well Being.” He is creating vaidyagrama, an experimental self-sustaining Ayurveda healing community.

Sheila Patel

Sheila Patel

Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D., is Chopra’s Chief Medical Officer and a board-certified family physician who combines the best of conventional medicine with Ayurveda to help people achieve optimal mind, body, spirit well-being. She is a certified yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic lifestyle teacher, and is a lead educator in the Chopra certification programs. She teaches in a variety of settings and enjoys bringing light to the science and mechanisms of action of mind-body practices.

Rooms & Pricing

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of checkout. (Rates below are per person.)

 

Private Hotel Room

$282 per person/per night + tax
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$219 per person/per night + tax
  • Two Twin Beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Private Retreat Room

$233 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$185 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$167 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Please Note Our commuter rate includes meals and full access to our facilities—you will need to arrange your own housing off-campus. Find a list of Boone-area lodging options here. 

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Commuter Pass

Total Cost $295

Our commuter pass includes

  • Three delicious vegetarian meals daily
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Access to gym & steam rooms

Accommodations are excluded.

FAQs

On-Campus Program FAQs

Unless otherwise indicated, our programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older. 

For room reservations, Ayurveda Wellness Retreats, and Art of Living Retreat Center (AOLRC) signature retreats, we have the following cancellation policy:

  • Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
  • Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following date of issue.
  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
AOLRC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If AOLRC cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions. For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.

To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guests not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however, guests may enjoy these items in their rooms.

Our property is always smoke-free.

Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically, we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy, and nuts.

We do have lodging and event venues that are ADA-compliant. Due to the topography of our mountain campus, some are easier to access than others, so please speak to Guest Services (800.392.6870) prior to registering to ensure we can best accommodate your needs. We also have shuttles that run frequently throughout the campus.

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Location

639 Whispering Hills Road
Boone, NC 28607
800.392.6870

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation on our tranquil mountaintop campus set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina.  

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LODGING + MEALS FROM
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per person/per night + tax
(CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOT INCLUDED)

Art of Living Retreat Center

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Couples Wellness Escape

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Small Group Inquiry Request

Note: You will receive an email confirming our receipt of your inquiry.

Our peak season runs April–November, so space fills up quickly during that time.