Have you ever watched an actor on stage and wanted a bit of their poise, posture, or vocal presence? If so, Betsy Polatin, movement specialist and author of The Actor’s Secret, invites you to learn her unique approach for expanding your capacity to move freely and express yourself.
This 2-day experiential workshop offers hands-on guidance and simple exercises to enhance sensory skills as you explore walking, exercising, sitting, speaking, or executing any task or interaction. Our explorations allow habits to be seen. Once you understand more about your design, you are able to make more informed choices about how you move and think.
The Actor’s Secret integrates
- The Alexander Technique for musculoskeletal reeducation
- Breathing coordination for ease and spaciousness
- Somatic Experiencing® for nervous system regulation and trauma resolution.
You’ll learn to awaken your inherent potential by finding the support from the ground that can lead to full stature and expansion, while noting how trauma and overwhelm can interfere with this process. We’re all performers and all the world’s a stage!
Open to everyone—performers, therapists, teachers, and anyone else who is interested in trauma, movement, breathing, and human behavior; all levels of yoga experience.
Betsy Polatin, MFA is an internationally recognized breathing and movement specialist, has been teaching for more than forty years, and is currently a Master Lecturer at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Her work is greatly influenced by The Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing, Breathing Coordination, and the teachings of Spiritual and Meditation Masters. She currently co-teaches an ongoing traveling workshop, Trauma in the Public Eye, with Peter A Levine, PhD. As a well-known educator, she has had numerous articles published in the Huffington Post and is the author of The Actor’s Secret. Her latest book coming out soon, Humanual, is a manual for being human. Please visit: theactorssecretbook.com
Rooms & Pricing
All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of checkout. (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.
The Actor’s Secret for Everyone
September 11th-13th, 2020
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Friday 7:30-9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00pm, 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: Sattva Studio)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Sattva Studio)
1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Sattva Studio) 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: Sattva Studio)
7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Sattva Studio)
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.