Grief is another way of loving what has been lost and love is another way of grieving what hasn’t yet left us. Yet, in our modern culture, we are grief-illiterate and death-phobic. We don’t know how to mark loss so that we can grieve-well and, therefore, love-well. Instead, our culture tells us to only value growth so many of us suppress, bypass or get stuck in our grief.
Grief must be metabolized and processed so that it can feed our life. Nature, art and ritual are three ways cultures around the world have been transforming grief into beauty for thousands of years. Separately, they open our hearts, bring us back to our center and connect us back into what’s meaningful. But TOGETHER, they become a resource and skill so we can feel human again.
Morning Altars is a 7-step practice of creating impermanent earth altars made from nature, akin to mandalas, that is a time-tested mindfulness practice to express grief, memory, love and prayers through nature, art and ritual.
In this weekend workshop, we will dive-deep into the story of who we are grieving — be it the passing of a friend, the loss of a relationship or a major life change — and create impermanent earth art devoted to who we are letting go of. We will learn new ways to grieve through skills such as wonder, creativity, prayer, community and impermanence. This is a simple yet highly-effective practice for any stage of life, because learning to grieve-well is also learning to live-well.
Join Day Schildkret, internationally renowned earth artist and author of “Morning Altars” for a hands-on practice that BuzzFeed calls, “a celebration of life and nature.” This retreat will give you a much-needed digital detox that will calm your mind, connect you back to the wisdom of the earth and give you the tools and teachings to turn your grief into beauty.
Day Schildkret is an internationally renowned artist and author of Morning Altars: A 7 Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit Through Nature, Art and Ritual. Large scale Morning Altars installations and workshops have been featured at Google, Wanderlust Festival and the Andy Warhol Preserve as well as many other prestigious events and venues. Day has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to renew their relationship with nature, creativity and impermanence through ritual and the practice of earth art. Morning Altars is bringing ephemeral art to the collective human imagination.
Rooms & Pricing
All options include Program tuition fees, lodging,daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out, student pack consisting of four manuals and a Sutra Neti Kit and logistics fees.
Private Hotel Room
The private hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, a private bath and complimentary wifi.
Shared Hotel Room (2 People)
The shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.
Private Retreat Room
The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.
Shared Retreat Room (2 People)
The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.
Shared Retreat Room (3 People)
The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you.
Earth Art & Creative Connection: A Morning Altars Workshop
May 17th-19th, 2019
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Arrival Day 7:30-9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Departure Day 9:00-11:00 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
General Guest Information
We hope you enjoy your stay with us at the Art of Living Retreat Center. While here, we invite you to immerse in the quiet peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains and connect with yourself. Apart from the activities in your program schedule, there are also opportunities to join daily yoga and meditation classes, restorative Ayurvedic spa treatments, guided hiking trails, pottery classes, evening Kirtans, the outdoor labyrinth or the weekly Bonfire. Here are more details for your stay:
3:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, but if you arrive early we will hold luggage at Reception.
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)
7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall) During Program Dates only
9:45-10:45 am/4:15-5:15 pm Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) Saturdays and Sundays only
2:00-3:15 pm Property Tour (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
1:30-2:30 pm/3:00-4:00 pm Guided Nature Walk (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
5:30-6:00 pm Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)
8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only
Optional Saturday Activities
Guided Nature Walk
1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm
2-3pm, 3-4pm or 4-5pm
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner
Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.
Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt. Clay pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an appointment.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 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. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. *NOTE* Please avoid using GPS…It will take you up a private road to a locked gate. Use directions provided on this site.
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.
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.