Autumn Tarot Conclave 2019

Oct 4 – 6


Diane Wilkes, Mary K. Greer, Nina Lee Braden, Beth Owl’s Daughter

Diane Wilkes, Mary K. Greer, Nina Lee Braden, Beth Owl’s Daughter

Oct 4 – 6
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Oct 4 – 6
October 6, 2019 1:00 pm
Retreat Type
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development


For the past seven years, the Northeastern Tarot Conclave, organized by Diane Wilkes, was known as an event where attendees experienced the highest level of tarot innovation and scholarship in an intimate setting. Presenters of distinction included Mary Greer, Rachel Pollack, Robert Place, Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, Donnaleigh de laRose, Rana George, and many others of note.


Diane Wilkes has relocated to North Carolina and so has this high caliber, themed conference, which is now known as the Southeastern Tarot Conclave.


The inaugural Southeastern Conclave speakers include Mary K. Greer, Nina Lee Braden, and hometown legend Beth Owl’s Daughter.  This year’s theme is “Therapeutic Tarot.” We will focus on systems, techniques, and spreads that expand participants’ ability to offer querents (and ourselves) psychologically-informed and wise readings in which both reader and querent participate in the healing process.


Attendance is limited to ensure the warm and intimate atmosphere for which the Conclave has long been known.


The event begins on Friday afternoon, with time for attendees to enjoy the stunning location and spa facilities at the Art of Living Retreat Center.

Captivating presentations throughout the weekend will include:

  • Mary Greer: The Gifts, Problems and Pitfalls of Tarot Readers in a Therapeutic Tarot Situation- We will explore how to be present with clients and, indeed, oneself in a therapeutic reading. We will cover matters such as projection and transference as well as the kinds of questions to ask that assist a querent in discovering their own truth.


  • Nina Lee Braden: Death and the Death Card –

    Through the prism of therapeutic tarot, attendees will examine and discover their deepest feelings and beliefs about the Death card and death itself—as well as how the tarot can sustain us through our own “seasons of death.” Transformation is not optional.


  • Beth Owl’s Daughter: If You Meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him: Fostering Independence and Empowerment in Tarot Clients –

    As Tarot readers and guides, we are motivated by our deep desire to serve, and to help others.  But what, exactly, does “helping” mean? How can we improve our ability to serve with the Tarot so that our clients’ situations actually improve, and they can move forward with grace and confidence?  We will discuss and practice how to bring our most skillful, compassionate aid to the table.


  • Panel discussion: Tarot — Bridging the Divination/Psychological Tarot Divide –

    There is so much more to Tarot than simply reading the cards. We’ll explore a whole other dimension provided by Carl Jung and his pioneering explorations into the human psyche through his methods for achieving Individuation by activating the Transcendent Function within the individual.

The conclave will close with a ritual to celebrate and integrate all that has been shared and learned, with the intention of bringing that healing wisdom to the world.


You will go home with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Tarot, and hands-on experience working with a therapeutic approach.


This event is for tarot practitioners and professionals.


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Diane Wilkes

Diane Wilkes, M.A., created and hosts the Southeastern Tarot Conclave (formerly the Northeastern Tarot Conclave). She has been divining with cards for almost five decades, and teaches tarot both locally and internationally. She is the author/creator of the Jane Austen Tarot and the Storyteller Tarot, with another oracle in the works.

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Mary K. Greer

Mary K. Greer is a legendary independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional tarot consultant, known for her innovative teaching techniques. She is the author of 12 books on tarot and magic, and was the first to write about reading Tarot for oneself. She travels the world teaching and speaking at conferences, and in 2007 Mary received the International Tarot Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Tarot Studies. She is a research partner in Le Tarot Associazione Culturale in Italy. Find out more at:

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Beth Owl’s Daughter

Beth Owl’s Daughter fell in love with the Tarot in 1972 and has been a passionate reader and teacher ever since. She has published an award-winning blog and newsletter for over 15 years.  Additionally, she founded and organized one of the world’s largest, longest running, and most successful Tarot social groups. She is a Priestess of enchantment and illumination, with roots in the Reclaiming and Faery healing traditions and is a former board member of Cherry Hill Seminary.

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Nina Lee Braden

Nina Lee Braden, M.A., lives in Knoxville, TN, with her two daughters and three grandsons nearby. For many years, she maintained the popular Tarot-centered website, Moonstruck. She is the author of Tarot for Self Discovery and dozens of articles, both hard copy and on the web. She has presented at multiple tarot conferences and has taught tarot for decades.

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


$319/Night/Per Person

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)


$246/Night/Per Person

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


$233/Night/Per Person

The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)


$190/Night/Per Person

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)


$165/Night/Per Person

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.



Autumn Tarot Conclave 2019: Therapeutic Tarot

October 4th-6th, 2019


Your Program Session Times (subject to change)

Friday 7:30-9:00 pm

Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm;  1:30-5:15 pm

Sunday 9:45 am-2:00 pm (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)


Arrival Day

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.

NOTE Avoid using GPS—it will take you up a private road to a locked gate.  Please use the directions provided on this site.

Distance from Nearest Airport

Two hours by car without traffic


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.

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(Sample Schedule)


  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and reminisce on the moments that connected you.
  • Bring a new level of calm and balance to your relationship with a Yoga or Meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast together.
  • Walk or hike one of our beautiful nature trails and reconnect with each other, nature, and oneself.


  • Share a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory by taking a workshop or educational class, or create a new experience together with a pottery*, watercolor painting, or cooking class (*additional cost).
  • Reduce tension and stress with a couple’s or individual Ayurveda spa treatment. Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
  • Unwind in the sauna together.


  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of self-care and spiritual resources or spend time reading in the cafe.