Words that heal

You can write — right? That means you have constant access to a proven method for managing stress and upheaval.

Expressive writing has the power to reduce the harmful effects of stress by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure while simultaneously strengthening your immune system and improving your self-esteem.

This type of writing connects you with your inner wisdom, providing a new perspective from which to see yourself.

You don’t have to be a writer to experience the benefits of writing freely. No experience or writing aspirations are required. During this weekend workshop, writing clinician John F. Evans will guide you through a progression of 24 restorative writing exercises, which will:

  • Help you overcome emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges
  • Allow you to create lasting change by rewriting the stories you have created about your life that may be holding you back
  • Cover six different writing techniques known to promote healing
  • Give you an experiential knowledge of the healing power of words

You will take home those 24 exercises to use in your daily life, along with the insight and inspiration gained from reflecting on your writing in small groups of supportive peers.

This workshop is open to all and may be of particular benefit to healthcare professionals, coaches, and teachers.

John F. Evans (MAT, MA, Ed.D) is a writing clinician and national board certified health and wellness coach who teaches and promotes the use of writing for better physical, emotional and spiritual health. He has been teaching journaling and writing for self-development for over three decades. During this time he has also authored five influential books on the subject and undertaken in-depth research. He is founder and Executive Director of Wellness & Writing Connections, LLC, which provides individual, group, and institutional guidance programs.

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.


Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.


Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.


Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.


Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.


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:



Arrival Day

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)

7:30-9:00 pm Program Session

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




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


Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in


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The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.


Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)


The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Date & Time

Starts: Sep 07, 2018 03:00 PM

Ends: Sep 09, 2018 12:00 PM


John Evans


Starting at $525
Includes room, meals, tuition

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