Thrive After Life-Altering Loss
We all suffer loss in our lives. No matter who we are or what our circumstances, it’s likely each of us will encounter challenges dealing with the inner experience of heartbreak, grief, and the sorrow of losing someone close to us. For most of us, this experience is difficult and something we naturally try to avoid. At the same time, facing the impermanence of things around us can actually open doors to our own fulfillment and self-knowledge. This is when the opportunity for transformation occurs and we get down to something that’s much more fundamental or essential.
This program will help you find the courage to embrace loss and as a result discover what really matters to you. Join grief and anxiety expert and author, Claire Bidwell Smith; death doula, attorney, adjunct professor, and ordained minister, Alua Arthur; and physician, author, and Mettle Health founder, Dr. BJ Miller, for a life-changing weekend exploring life, love, and loss.
We’ll explore questions such as
- How does loss help us create a more meaningful life?
- How does facing major transition and even death give way to peace and transformation?
- How do we process all that we learned and all that we grieved in 2020 and turn it around in a way that helps us live more fully?
In this Workshop, You’ll Discover
- Tools to enable regret-free living and the courage to live your life true to yourself
- Communication exercises to express what we don’t want to say but need to so we are not haunted by it when we or a loved one dies
- Practical life-planning tools to ensure you are prepared for the end, but free to live the happiest life possible
- Lessons from those who have faced death to help you live your life to the fullest.
Through group discussion, journaling, one-on-one sharing, and nature exploration, you will navigate through life-altering loss with grace and courage, and integrate new found inner peace into your life.
A Retreat in the Mountains
During your stay, you have time for personal R & R. Whether you want to explore forest trails and bask in the fresh mountain air, enjoy a pottery or watercolor painting class, release stress with a therapeutic spa treatment—the choice is yours. (Additional fees may apply.)
Make Your Retreat Extra Special
Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older.
Acquire tools and skills for consciously maneuvering through stress and loss while building emotional resilience.
Develop a new understanding of your grief process while feeling understood and no longer alone.
Safely explore your relationship with mortality and process your corresponding thoughts and emotions.
Understand how to use the end of life experience to inform our current realities.
Discover useful approaches to navigating the unknown with grace and courage.
Learn how to calm your mind and soothe your spirit when life feels out of control.
Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books, The Rules of Inheritance, After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? and Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief. Claire offers numerous experiences with grief, and fueled by her work in hospice and private practice, Claire strives to provide support for all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of grief. …
Alua Arthur is a death doula, recovering attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace, an end-of-life planning and death doula training organization that exists to support people as they answer the question, “What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die gracefully?” …
Bruce (BJ) Miller, Jr., MD, is a longtime hospice and palliative medicine physician and educator. He currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability. …
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)
Shared Hotel Room (2 People)
- King bed or two full beds
- Flat Screen TV
- Private Bath
- Complimentary WIFI
- Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
- Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
- Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
- Access to Gym & Steam Rooms
One other person of the same gender will share the room with you**
WHAT REALLY MATTERS
October 15–17, 2021
Subject to change.
Friday 7:30–9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30–11:30 am Room checkout is 11:00 am; luggage may be held at Reception.
All times are Eastern Standard Times (EST) unless otherwise noted.
4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00 pm, but if you arrive early we will hold your luggage at Reception.
6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00–7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
7:30–9:30 am Breakfast
12:00–2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00–7:30 pm Dinner
Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complementary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)
Hatha Yoga Class | Gita Hall; during program dates only.
9:45–10:45 am and 4:15–5:15 pm
Hatha Yoga Class | Sattva Studio
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Mind and Meditation Session | Sattva Studio
Yoga Nidra | Sattva Studio; Saturdays and Sundays only.
Property Tour | Starts at Reception; Saturdays only.
1:30–2:30 pm and 3:00–4:00 pm
Guided Nature Walk | Starts at Reception; Saturdays only.
Guided Meditation Session | Sattva Studio
Meditative Chant/Kirtan | Gita Hall
Bonfire | Below Veda 2 Weather permitting; Saturdays only.
Optional Activities with Additional Fees
To ensure a space, please register for these activities by calling 800-392-6870 prior to your arrival.
Mindful Painting (1 hour) $25 Sunday Only
Express your creativity through art therapy as you connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting.
Ayurveda Cooking Class $25 (1 hour) Thursday and Saturday Only
Learn how to best nourish your specific body type and thrive in every season.
Pottery Class $30 (1 hour) Thursday to Sunday
Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots.
Ayurveda Spa Appointments (Additional Cost)
Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa prior to arrival in order to ensure availability. Please call 828-264-8382 for details.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in.
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.
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. same course type for no additional fee.
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.
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.