THE ART OF LIVING RETREAT CENTER

Creators Retreat

Discover a Realm of Rejuvenation

June 13–16, 2024

About the Creators Retreat

Discover a realm of renewal and rejuvenation at the Art of Living Retreat Center’s Creators Retreat, a 3-day experience for a select group of 20 leaders in the wellness, entertainment, and media industries—by invitation only.

This exclusive premium retreat allows you to recharge your mind, body, and soul through

  • Virtual interactive session with world-renowned global humanitarian, spiritual leader, and peace envoy Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • Science-backed breathwork
  • Mantra-based meditation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Ayurveda workshops
  • A sound-healing experience
  • Chef-curated vegetarian meals.
THE RETREAT WILL BE HELD AT

The Art of Living Retreat Center

Boone, North Carolina
Thursday, June 13, 4:00 pm ET–Sunday, June 16, 1:30 pm ET

Since 2012, the Art of Living Retreat Center has offered wellness retreats featuring the transformative practices of meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda. The Center is located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina, surrounded by 380 acres of pristine forest. Beauty, nature, and time-honored architecture create a perfect setting that is authentic, not extravagant.

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. 

Many of our premium accommodations offer incredible Blue Ridge Mountain vistas, along with expected hotel room amenities. 

Vegetarian meals are prepared with love of the planet and of the person being fed and served buffet-style surrounded by the incredible views from the Purna Dining Hall. 

TESTIMONIALS

What People Say

Aryanne DiVito

This was just what I was looking for. It gave me a routine that allows me to feel empowered and peaceful. So much gratitude.

—Aryanne D.

Shivani R.

It was such a rejuvenating and liberating experience. I highly recommend it for anyone trying to find that inner peace and balance in their lives.

—Shivani R.

15 years in entertainment, from TV to content, It wasn’t till now I’ve been able to constantly create from the most loving depths of my heart. On and off the floor, All thanks to Sky Breath and Sahaj.

—Dominic S. (D-trix)

Truly life-changing…I wholeheartedly recommend the retreat to everyone. It was brimming with love and played a significant role in helping me find greater inner peace and balance.

—Amanda O.

A VIRTUAL INTERACTION WITH

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Gurudev has touched the lives of more than half a billion people globally with his humanitarian, spiritual, and peace-making work. He founded the Art of Living in 1981, and has been teaching breath-based meditation techniques for health and well-being for more than 40 years. His approach blends ancient Vedic wisdom with modern sensibility for a new leadership paradigm, and living a stress-free, violence-free society.

Millions of individuals worldwide have experienced calm, found peace, and inner resilience in the face of adversity through his programs. Check out the latest research out of Yale, Harvard, and UCLA on the power of Sudarshan Kriya.

Gurudev believes inner peace is the key to peace in the world outside. He has sought to build bridges between beliefs and religions to universalize wisdom and foster greater compassion, love, and mutual understanding for a stress-free, violence-free society. Standing for Gandhian values of non-violence, Gurudev has progressed peace in conflict-stricken areas such as Sri Lanka, Iraq, Venezuela, and Colombia.

During this retreat, you will have the unique opportunity to interact with, ask questions, and learn directly from Gurudev himself. You will also experience the science-backed techniques designed by Gurudev.

WHO'S TALKING TO GURUDEV

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF YOUR BREATH

The Sudarshan Kriya

The Sudarshan Kriya (SKY Breath Meditation) utilizes specific rhythms of the breath to cleanse the body of accumulated stress and toxins, clear the mind of unwanted impressions, and allow for greater clarity and tranquility. 100+ independent studies back its immediate effectiveness.

Through regular practice, you can achieve a deeper state of rest for the entire system, beyond momentary relaxation. Research indicates that results are experienced from the very first session.

DISCOVER INNER SILENCE & DEEP REST

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is an ancient, effortless mantra-based technique. It facilitates deep rest and inner silence in the present moment, expands consciousness, and deepens self-connection. It brings the mind into the present moment.

If you’re looking for a way to remove unwanted thoughts and eliminate chatter of the mind, regret, anxiety, and worry, this technique helps you achieve that—effortlessly and effectively. The result is a clear peaceful state of mind that stays with you throughout the day.

ENHANCE YOUR WELL-BEING WITH NOURISHING FOOD

Soulful Dining Experience

Drawing on influences from the local harvest in Boone to Bombay and even the Caribbean, you’ll enjoy deeply satisfying vegetarian meals. Ayurvedic principles tell us to eat nature—real food grown by sun, soil, wind, and water full of nature’s prana, or life force. Our chefs know this, and they know that food prepared with love of the planet and the person being fed is the best food. ⁠Our campus is vegetarian and special dietary requests can be accommodated.

HOLISTIC WELL-BEING WITH AYURVEDA

Ayurvedic Living

The Art of Living Retreat Center is a premier destination for holistic wellness. The award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness has been rated one of the best by USA Today, The Washington Post, InStyle, Organic Spa, SpaFinder, and more. In addition to meditation, breathwork, yoga, and knowledge sessions with Gurudev, the Creators Retreat includes an Ayurvedic cooking class, an Introduction to Ayurveda class, a sound bathing experience, and a fireside satsung. If you are arriving early on Thursday, you are welcome to book an Ayurvedic healing arts treatment for an additional cost.

WHAT YOU’RE COMMITTING TO

Being Fully Present

Please reserve your weekend for all three days of the retreat. Put aside your work and other engagements and plan to be fully present—for yourself and the group. Each precious moment is designed so that you leave the retreat replenished and with beautiful techniques to stay recharged in your daily life. While this is a deeply personal journey, certain group activities and conversations enrich your experience. Each session builds upon the session before and is guided by certified Art of Living teachers.

At the Art of Living, we believe that if everyone practiced meditation and breathwork, we would have a more peaceful society. So, we ask that you please share your experience with your followers. We will discuss these opportunities with each participant individually.

THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Day 1

Thursday, June 13

4:00 pm Check-in
6:00 Orientation
6:20 Group Dinner (bring items needed for first session)
7:30–9:30 Premium Course: The Secret of the Breath

Day 2

Friday, June 14

7:30–8:30 am Yoga
8:30–9:00 Breakfast
9:00–10:00 Break
10:00 am–12:30 pm Premium Course: The Rhythms of Life
12:30–1:30 Lunch
1:30–3:00 Break
3:00–4:00 Cooking Class*
4:00–5:00 Group Tour
5:15–6:30 Premium Course: Deepening Our Experience
6:45 Private Elevated Dinner

Day 3

Saturday, June 15

7:30–8:30 am Yoga
8:30–9:00 Breakfast
9:00–10:00 Break
10:00 am–12:30 pm Premium Course: Five Wisdom Keys
12:30–1:30 Lunch
1:30–3:00 Break
3:00–4:00 Intro to Ayurveda Class*
4:00–5:00 Sound Bath
5:15–6:30 Premium Course: Effortless Meditation
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Fireside Satsang

Sunday, June 16

7:30–8:30 am Yoga
8:30–9:00 Breakfast
9:00–10:00 Break & Check-out
10:00 am–1:00 pm Premium Course: New Start— Home Practice
1:00–1:30 Lunch

*Activities are subject to schedule changes to accommodate the weather.

THE ART OF LIVING

The Art of Living is a nonprofit, educational, and humanitarian organization that helps individuals bolster their mental health, relieve stress, and build resilience through evidence-based techniques and training. Since its inception in 1981, the Art of Living has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

The Art of Living works in partnership with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to offer tailored mental wellness and resilience programs for veterans, healthcare workers, police officers, students, prison inmates, teachers, at-risk youth, and more. AOLF and IAHV also work in disaster mitigation, education, environment, skill development, renewable energy, river rejuvenation, sanitation and waste management, and women’s empowerment.

Schedule a call today for more details and to reserve your spot.

Weekend of Creativity Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Walk our beautiful labyrinth or hike one of our scenic nature trails and reconnect with your inner self.
  • Express your creativity and have some fun playing with and shaping clay in your pottery class.

AFTERNOON

  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class or get clever on the canvas in a painting class.
  • Unwind with a relaxing spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Nourish your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Discover Ayurveda Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Savor a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.
  • Rest, replenish and rejuvenate with Abhyanga therapy—a detoxifying warm oil Ayurveda massage that incorporates warm, aromatic oils, rhythmically massaged into your body, cleansing, relaxing, and re-energizing the body and mind.

AFTERNOON

  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • Connect with nature while hiking or walking one of our many breathtaking mountain trails.
  • Return to the spa for a Basti session to rejuvenate your joints! Stiff joints are bathed in warm medicated oil and massaged to deepen the therapeutic effects that increase lubrication and promote smooth flexibility and mobility.

EVENING

  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or kitchen.
  • Refuel your body with a tasty and healthy dinner.

Rejuvenating Bliss Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
  • Sow a new level of calm and balance into your life with a Yoga or meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Cleanse your soul with a leisurely walk on one of our beautiful nature trails.

AFTERNOON

  • Nourish your body with a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory with a cooking, painting, or pottery* class (*additional cost).
  • Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal and let our professional therapists do all the work while you relax and rejuvenate.
  • Unwind in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of new and classic self-care and spiritual resources.
  • Grab a fresh, calming herbal tea and curl up with a good book in your cozy room.

Mother-Daughter Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Retreat into relaxation with a mother-daughter spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

AFTERNOON

  • Enjoy a decadent Mexican hot chocolate and reminisce in our cozy cafe.
  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Explore our captivating campus or head out on one of our guided mountain trail hikes.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.

EVENING

  • Feed your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Girlfriends Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING
  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit together with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Catch up over a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Connect with nature and reminisce while hiking one of our many mountain trails.
AFTERNOON
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • De-stress with a girlfriends spa treatment, like our relaxing signature massage, hydrating facial, or energizing Marma session, and let our therapists work their magic. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or Ayurveda food kitchen.
  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
EVENING
  • Plenty of time for bonding during a dinner.
  • Visit our shop and grab some souvenirs, rejuvenating herbal supplements, and restorative health products from Shankara’s all-natural beauty line.
  • Dance and sing at Kirtan.

Couples Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and reminisce on the moments that connected you.
  • Bring a new level of calm and balance to your relationship with a Yoga or Meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast together.
  • Walk or hike one of our beautiful nature trails and reconnect with each other, nature, and oneself.

AFTERNOON

  • Share a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory by taking a workshop or educational class, or create a new experience together with a pottery*, watercolor painting, or cooking class (*additional cost).
  • Reduce tension and stress with a couple’s or individual Ayurveda spa treatment. Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
  • Unwind in the steam room together.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of self-care and spiritual resources or spend time reading in the cafe.