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Real Self-Care is an Inside Job

A Weekend with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin

Pooja Lakshmin, MD

APRIL 12–14, 2024
Pooja Lakshmin, MD
APRIL 12–14, 2024
TUITION:
$340
per person—plus room/meals & tax
APRIL 12–14, 2024
Retreat Type
Family & RelationshipsFamily & Relationships
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
For Women OnlyFor Women Only
Professional Development & TrainingsProfessional Development & Trainings
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
Retreat Goals
Better RelationshipsBetter Relationships
Relieve StressRelieve Stress
Self-CareSelf-Care

Understand Self-Care in a New Way

Have you ever wanted to hop into your car and run away from it all? Are you disappointed by the self-care hacks marketed to you on social media that never seem to work? Join board-certified psychiatrist, author, and New York Times contributor, Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, for a deep-dive weekend workshop to develop practices that nourish, transform, and sustain you for the long term.

Based on the science of eudaimonic well-being and Dr. Lakshmin’s philosophy of Dr. Lakshmin’s debut book—Real Self-Care: Crystals Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included—this workshop emboldens you to revolutionize how you prioritize your health. 

Dr. Lakshmin’s Real Self-Care method offers four principles: Boundaries, Compassion, Values, and Power. In this weekend, you start the conversation with yourself that becomes the basis for a fruitful journey ahead. We examine the ways that oppression, misogyny, and systemic racism impact women’s mental health. You’ll come to understand that real self-care is a verb, not a noun—an inside job affected by how you design your life and what you prioritize. Unlike the quick fix of a juice cleanse, real self-care is a life-long process. 

Through group discussions, writing exercises, community engagement, interactive teachings, and Q+A with Dr. Lakshmin, you

  • Understand why the term “burnout” doesn’t accurately describe what many women feel
  • Learn a new framework for setting boundaries
  • Develop a strategy for dealing with chronic guilt
  • Identify how to make choices when everything feels like a priority
  • Understand why your anger is a secret tool
  • Know when to seek professional help.

Don’t miss this life-changing opportunity to learn with Dr. Lakshmin and share space with other like-minded women. You’ll leave with concrete psychological tools to help you practice each of the four principles of real self-care and get started on your self-care journey.

Note Before the workshop, participants will receive an optional survey and a journal packet for use during the interactive portions of class. 

This program is for women only.

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So much of the material covered helped me to feel more normal about thoughts I'm having and more connected to know that I'm not alone in what I'm going through.
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Wonderful experience with Dr. Pooja, who is so knowledgable, and presents concepts in such a well designed way to help improve our quality of life through education!
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The value of Dr. Lakshmin's teachings is the combination of the strength and comprehensiveness of the material and her warmth and approachability...definitely a winning combination!
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We could ask questions, there was a spirit of empathy, acceptance, and empowerment. I loved it!
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Schedule

Real Self-Care is an Inside Job

A Weekend with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin
April 12–14, 2024

Subject to change.

Friday 7:30–10:30 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.

General Information

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.

Arrival Day
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)

Actual schedules and venues may vary; please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in.

Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complementary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)

  • 9:45–10:45 am  Yoga |  Thu–Sun
  • 11:00 am–12:00 pm  Mind & Meditation |  Thu–Sun
  • 1:30–2:15 pm  Guided Hike* | Assemble at Shankara Reception | Sat
  • 2:30–3:45 pm  Ayurveda Cooking Class* | Tulsi Kitchen
    Thu: Sweet Treats • Sat: Chef’s Seasonal Recipe
  • 4:15–5:15 pm Yoga |  Wed–Sat
  • 5:30–6:00 pm  Guided Meditation |  Wed–Sat
  • 7:30–8:15 pm  Meditative Chants/Kirtan |  Wed–Sat
    Saturday kirtan is outdoor by the bonfire; weather permitting.

*Included with Wellness Escapes and R&R; Other participants: $35.00/per person

Clay Studio
  • 11:00 am–7:00 pm Friday & Saturday
    Hand Building $55 | 1 hour
  • 9:00 | 10:45 am Sunday
     Wheel Throwing $75 all guests; glazing and shipping are included | semi-private class | 75 minutes

Hours

Wednesday 11:00–8:00 pm
Thursday–Saturday 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am–2:00 pm

We encourage you to also make reservations for consultations, therapies, and treatments at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness at least two weeks prior to your arrival date to ensure availability. Please call 828.264.8382 for details. Additional cost.

Rooms & Pricing

Private Hotel Room

$372 per person/per night + tax

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.)

 

  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$271 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Flat screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Private Retreat Room

$282 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$230 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$201 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

FAQs

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/per person processing fee) up to 15 days before your program or stay.
  • Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50/per person processing fee) is available if you give notice between 14 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.

Unless otherwise indicated, our programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older.

To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guests 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.

We do have lodging and event venues that are ADA-compliant. Due to the topography of our mountain campus, some are easier to access than others, so please speak to Guest Services (800.392.6870) prior to registering to ensure we can best accommodate your needs. We also have shuttles that run frequently throughout the campus.

We are committed to the safety of our guests and staff. Our mountaintop location and the surrounding areas are spacious, remote, safe, and secure.

  • It is safe to leave your windows open—and necessary for proper airflow!
  • Nature surrounds our campus, and it’s common to see rabbits, deer, gophers, wild turkeys, and other small animals. Please give them space, and they’ll do the same for you. We’ve never had a safety incident with animals on campus.

You can help!

  • If you come across an animal on campus or a trail, give it space, and please do not attempt to pet or feed it.
  • There’s no need to bring valuables to the retreat center; leaving them at home is best.

Location

639 Whispering Hills Road
Boone, NC 28607
800.392.6870

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation on our tranquil mountaintop campus set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina.  

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

TUITION
$340
per person—plus room/meals & tax

Art of Living Retreat Center

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