Developing a strong racial identity can be challenging in today’s society. Let social psychologist, award-winning author, and activist Christena Cleveland help you navigate your journey toward a strong, healthy racial identity despite living in a society with racial and cultural biases.
Through discussion, meditation, walking, introspection, group and one-on-one sharing, and creative exercises, you will discover your best path forward for forming your strongest identity. Through the lens of lovingkindness, you will create a new sense of self that is all-encompassing, compassionate, self-aware, and socially and culturally conscious.
In this enriching retreat, you will:
- Deepen your understanding of your racial identity development
- Expand your insights into how society has shaped your beliefs
- Create lasting connections with yourself and like-minded individuals
- Discover how to love yourself and others in a society marked by racial inequality
- Learn how to use lovingkindness to deepen your connection with self and others
- Experience higher awareness through meditative practices and creative arts
You will leave with a sense of connection and a constellation of spiritual and justice practices to support your journey toward racial identity development – and lovingkindness.
This retreat is appropriate for all familiar with systemic racism or on a racial justice identity journey; beginners are welcome.
Christena Cleveland, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. Founder and Director of the Center for Justice + Renewal, her mission through this organization is to create a more equitable and inclusive world by “nurturing skillful justice advocacy and the depth to act on it.” Christena speaks, writes, and consults with organizations to fulfill her commitment as a leader both in the classroom and in society. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and an honorary doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary. An award-winning researcher and author, Christena leads a research team at Duke investigating self-compassion as a buffer to racial stress. She is currently working on her third book, examining relationships among race, gender, and cultural perceptions of the Divine. She is based in North Carolina with her spouse, Jim.
Find out more: www.christenacleveland.com
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.
Soulful Justice: Racial Identity Development as Lovingkindness
January 17th-19th, 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)
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, 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.
Happiness Retreat Cancellation Policy:
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.