Holistic Spine Care Retreat

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$195/per person Online; $593/per person On-Campus
On-campus rate includes lodging, meals, and tuition.
124 Google Reviews
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Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Health & AyurvedaHealth & Ayurveda
Online ProgramOnline Program

Special Online Format

We're bringing our signature programming to you! All the knowledge, interaction, and benefits of our on-campus program in a special online format! Don't miss this opportunity to connect with a like-minded community for support, education, and empowerment—in the comfort of your own home!

$195/person; invite a friend and pay just $150 each—must call to register 800.392.6870.

A Holistic Approach to a Healthier Life

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. This workshop is a combination of targeted, evidence-based yoga postures to keep the spine strong and flexible and a basic knowledge of the 5000-year-old Eastern science of Ayurveda, which addresses other factors that may affect spine health, such as lifestyle.

Weak back and abdominal muscles may not be able to protect the spine, which makes the knowledge of how to protect your spine all the more relevant as you age. Aside from physical weakness, stress and emotional imbalance have also been shown to cause stiffness and soreness in the back. The multidimensional approach of this retreat addresses the root cause of spinal pain—whether it be physical or emotional.

During this program, you’ll learn how to

  • Balance from within with yoga mudras and breathing techniques
  • Strengthen your musculoskeletal system
  • Deepen your understanding of your body constitution through Ayurveda
  • Modify your diet and lifestyle for optimum health
  • Prevent injuries and accelerate healing.

The on-campus version of this retreat includes an Ayurvedic spine treatment at the Shankara Ayurveda Spa.

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For an additional cost, you can receive a traditional Ayurvedic pulse assessment to more intimately know your body’s constitution and what food choices are right for you. Please contact the Shankara Ayurveda Spa Reception at 828-264-8382 to reserve this additional service.

Features

Presenter

Nupoor Umarji

Nupoor Umarji is a licensed physical therapist, certified John Barnes MFR therapist, and a certified Marma therapist. She has a masters degree in exercise science and kinesiology and has been practicing physical therapy successfully for the last 5 years. Nupoor is also a certified faculty with the Art of Living Foundation and facilitates workshops teaching breathing techniques, yoga and meditation. While pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin she thoroughly enjoyed teaching Human Anatomy.. She has also been teaching stress management and life skills workshops to students, staff and faculty universities in Texas and North Carolina. She strongly believes in the importance of mental well being as much as physical well being.

She is inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s message that “Health is not merely the absence of disease but the dynamic expression of life.”

Rooms & Pricing for On-Campus Events

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

Private Hotel Room

$805 (Fri-Sun)
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$697 (Fri-Sun)
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

One other person of the same gender will share the room with you**

Private Retreat Room

$713 (Fri-Sun)
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$637 (Fri-Sun)
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

One other person of the same gender will share the room with you**

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$593 (Fri-Sun)
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you**

Reviews

Reboot your Life!
Shaleen P
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"The program is great to reboot your life and learn to connect with your body through the elements of nature."
Very Lovely Informative Class
Karen O
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"Very lovely informative class. -- Beautiful setting"
Take Control of My Life
Stephanie S
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"This class was a confirmation for my new journey. Our instructor was very knowledgable and kind. Understanding the in balance in my body and having the tools and knowledge to heal my body is the wisdom my spirit needed. This class touched on all elements - connecting, physical.spiritual, and emotional. I am forever grateful and look forward to the next step in my journey. I am excited to take control of my life back and heal my body."
New Found Knowledge
Katie D
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"Instructor Poornima provided much valuable info. I appreciated the verbal and visual presentation. I am excited to apply my new-found knowledge to my continuous health guest. The instructor was excellent."
Thoroughly Enjoyed
Myra Q
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"Wonderful instructor she gave us valuable information and was flexible. I thoroughly enjoyed this retreat! I will definitely be back!"
Holistic Approach
Satish T
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"The holistic approach was the best part of this workshop"
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FAQs

For room reservations & spa retreats, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.

Retreat 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 the 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.
 
If a participant attends no sessions of the course, the course registration and full course fee can be transferred to another course of the same course type within 60 days after the end of the course originally registered for. If a participant is unable to finish the course s/he can take another course of the same course type for no additional fee.

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

If your surgery was less than a year ago, then we do not recommend this program for you. If you had your surgery more than a year ago and can function without significant use of any assistive devices, you may be able to participate after consulting your doctor.

The program will teach you postures to help with strength as well as flexibility. The modules in Ayurveda will also support in increasing your flexibility. We strongly recommend you consult your physician if you have any  questions or concerns before taking the program

Yes, If you have any of the following, we do not recommend this for you

  • Low back problems after a recent accident
  • If you have bladder problems
  • If you have had a tumor or cancer

Online Schedule

Friday 6:00–7:30 pm
Saturday 10:00–11:30 am
Sunday 10:00–11:30 am

On-Campus Schedule

Friday
Check in 4-6pm
Dinner  6-7pm
Orientation 7-7:30am
Class session 7:30-9am

Saturday
Breakfast 8-9:30am
Class session 9:30-12:00pm
Lunch 12-1:30pm
Leisure time, treatments, pottery, hike etc 2-6pm
Satsang 7:30-8:15pm

Sunday 
Breakfast 8-9:30am
Class session 9:30-11:30 am
Lunch 12-1:30pm

*Please book spa appointments prior to arrival to ensure availability; 828-264-8382. If a spa appointment is made during meal times, guests may request a meal be boxed for pickup; contact Spa Reception.

Optional Saturday Activities

Guided Nature Walk
1:30-2:30 pm or 3-4 pm

Kirtan 
7:30-8:30 pm

Bonfire (weather permitting)
8:30 – 10pm

Mealtimes

7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner

 

Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary.

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On-campus rate includes lodging, meals, and tuition.
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Google Reviews

124 Reviews
4.9/5
- Leslie E.
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"If you want to relax, recharge, and find yourself again, this is the place!"
- Vasily T.
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"A magnificent place for a refreshing retreat. So peaceful and close to nature as it can be."
- Becca N.
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"Excellent food, spa, tons of activities outside of program warm environment for growth Thank you!"
- Rob H.
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"The techniques I learned here have literally transformed my life."
- Michelle L.
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"Excellent program, beautiful surroundings. Wonderful setting for deep connection & reset."
- Dan V.
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"I did not know what to expect. I am very pleased with what I have learned and excited to bring back home."
- Bonnie M.
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"Beautiful grounds with wonderful, genuinely loving instructors. This was a life changing experience!"
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