Join Cyndi Lee, founder of OM yoga, as you embark on a journey to invite your body and mind back into balance. With humor, depth, and authenticity, Cyndi will guide you in combining physical yoga and Buddhist mindfulness, bringing ancient wisdom alive and making it relevant to the realities of contemporary life.
Through yoga practice, you will explore how alignment, breathing, balancing, stretching, and strengthening provide the ideal opportunity to apply the Buddhist meditation techniques of watching your mind, recognizing your habits, and opening your heart. Four dharma talks with sitting and walking meditations will help cultivate awareness and compassion—aspects of practice that help our minds become unbiased, wakeful, and connected.
This powerful union of yoga and Buddhism offers a recipe for awakening, enlivening, and transforming the energy of our bodies and minds in a way that carries into our lives off the yoga mat and meditation cushion. It becomes a way of living that infuses the daily adventures, encounters, and relationships of our lives with the energy of practice.
Each of the four sessions offers a dharma talk, meditation practice and asana practices, including restorative and action sessions.
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Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of NYC’s OM yoga Center (1998-2012) she now teaches yoga, meditation and resiliency workshops worldwide.
She is author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind, May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. She is a regular contributor to numerous publications including Yoga Journal, Real Simple and Lion’s Roar.
Cyndi is a formally trained Buddhist Chaplain under the guidance of Roshi Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center. Her root guru is the Tibetan master, Gelek Rimpoche. She has been teaching yoga for 40 years. To find her on-line classes, courses, and trainings, as well as IRL teaching activities, please go to www.cyndilee.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.)
Yoga Body. Buddha Mind.
August 16th-18th, 2019
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
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:
Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, but if you arrive early we will hold luggage at Reception.
Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)
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)
Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) Saturdays and Sundays only
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
Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)
Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only
Lunch (included on your departure day)
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
Optional Saturday Activities
Guided Nature Walk
1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm
2-3pm, 3-4pm or 4-5pm
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.
On-Campus Program FAQs
For room reservations, Ayurveda Wellness 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.