Afraid to tell your story? Does the idea of speaking on stage give you goosebumps? Develop your grit and know-how with actor and writer Ann Randolph. In this interactive retreat, you’ll transform your fears into innovative, creative performance.
Inspired by the breathtaking mountains and your dynamic guide, you will discover your own unique, powerful story and the transformative fulfillment of speaking it out loud. Through writing exercises, group discussion, and improvisation, you will feel supported by like minds, all connecting, creating, and speaking your stories.
In this innovative retreat, you will:
- Discover your own story and the confidence to tell it
- Explore how to structure the narrative in a compelling way
- Enjoy the power of connection and collaboration with others
- Experience the self-discovery and joy of writing, sharing, and performing
- Cultivate a fearlessness in speaking your truth through dynamic activities
- Overcome performance anxiety and release your inner critic through improv
You’ll leave with your personal story you write and perform and the courage and self-confidence to share it with anyone.
This retreat is appropriate for all, especially those interested in personal essay, memoir, solo performance, and self-discovery.
Reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is recommended.
Special Event Show:
Featuring Ann Randolph.
Inappropriate In All The Right Ways Takes The Audience On An Audacious, Disastrous And Glorious Ride That Culminates In Audience Members Taking The Stage.
What if our tragedies were our greatest triumphs? Our public self was our most private and the worst and the best moments of our lives turned out to be the same?
Join Ann Randolph in a unique theatrical experience where sharing her story, from never paying rent by living in boats, tents and mental institutions to hooking up with Mel Brooks for an off-Broadway run, invites you to experience and express the miraculous in your own.
As Randolph has taken INAPPROPRIATE across the country, countless people, red, blue, old, young, right, wrong, short, tall — people different from each other in every discernible way — share, accept and embrace what makes us all of us human.
Free for all workshop attendees
$20 GA, $45 Dinner + Reserved seating (in front of house**)
“…A SHOW LIKE NO OTHER! … 100% FUN!…” – THE HUFFINGTON POST
Join award-winning NYC Broadway comedian, Ann Randolph as she takes comic catharsis and outrageousness to a new level with her solo tour-de-force, Inappropriate In All The Right Ways.
Ann Randolph, considered one of the most gifted and innovative writer/performers in the U.S., creates magic both on the stage and on the page. Her solo show Squeeze Box, produced Off-Broadway by comedic giant Mel Brooks, earned her an Ovation Award. In addition, she recently was awarded “Best Solo Performer” by the L.A. Times for her current show, LOVELAND. Her personal essays have been featured on prestigious venues such as NPR, BBC, and PBS. She teaches creative workshops and tours at Esalen and Kripalu, as well as theaters all across the country.
Rooms & Pricing
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
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.
Write Your Life From the Page to the Stage
September 22nd-27th, 2019
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Sunday 7:30-9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Friday 9:30-11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
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 Onsite Activities
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:
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 appointment.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607
Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in our tranquil sanctuary set amidst 380 pristine acres high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina—the perfect place to begin your journey to wellness.
For room reservations, spa 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 guest to 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.