Empowered Awakening

A Soulful Approach to Self-Actualization and Enlightenment
Apr 30–May 3


Dr. Michael Damian

Dr. Michael Damian

Apr 30–May 3
Add 3 nights of lodging and meals.
Apr 30–May 3
May 3, 2020 12:00 pm
Retreat Type
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development


In this weekend workshop with Dr. Michael Damian, we’ll dive into conscious presence and explore a soulful and integrative approach to enlightenment.

After his life-changing awakening of consciousness in 2006, Michael Damian understood that enlightenment doesn’t mean losing yourself. What feels like losing yourself, from the mind’s viewpoint, is in fact the most real experience of yourself possible. Together we will practice the keys to our greatest existential homecoming—to pure awareness, deep love, delightful innocence and divine guidance. We will discover how love, not detachment, is what liberates the human heart. 

Enlightenment means the luminous embrace of heaven and earth, human and divine aspects, in consciousness. Yet, so many of us have separated enlightenment from our soul’s urge toward personal empowerment and expression in the world, as we tell ourselves that our daily thoughts, desires and longings are illusions.

In this retreat, we’ll recover a sacred view of our individualized consciousness (psyche, soul) and heal the inner division created by unbalanced views of our ultimate nature. Michael will help you root yourself in pure consciousness while fully embracing the adventure of self-actualization in the world. Seen rightly, everything serves our awakening to divine love and truth. You’ll learn to

  • Live from conscious presence
  • Embrace your unique personality and life path
  • Understand the role of meditation in awakening
  • Clarify situations by taking courageous action
  • Discern the voice of divine guidance
  • Relate to others with radical honesty.

Bring your deepest questions and difficult situations to share with Michael, a gifted mentor and intuitive healer. He has a gift for seeing exactly where a person is stuck and speaking a few words of love and truth that create breakthroughs. When Michael answers your question, the words are addressed to your unique nature and resonate with surprising insight, humor and humanity. With him there is no spiritual facade whatsoever. He does not claim to be guru, master or anything other than a spiritual friend and guide.

Through meditation, contemplation, self-inquiry, and group discussion, you’ll gain an integral understanding of your spiritual psychology, leading to peace and happiness.

This program is open to everyone.



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


$285/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)


$224/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.




April 30–May 3

Your Program Session Times (Subject to Change)

Arrival Day
4:00 pm – Check-in
6:00–7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00–7:20 pm – AOLRC Orientation
7:30–9:00 pm – Intro Workshop

Daily Schedule
7:30–8:30 am – Morning Yoga (Only Available Thursdays–Sundays)
7:30–9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 am–12:30 pm – Program Session
12:00–2:00 pm – Lunch
2:00–4:00 pm – Program Session
4:00–7:30 pm – Free Time*
6:00–7:30 pm – Dinner
7:30–8:30 pm – Program Session

Departure Day
7:30– 8:30 am – Morning Yoga
7:30–9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30–11:30 am – Program Session
11:00 am – Check-out (luggage may be stored at reception)
12:00 pm – Lunch is included with your stay today.

General Information

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)

7:30–9:30 am Breakfast
12:00–2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00–7:30 pm Dinner

Optional Activities

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

7:30–8:30 am
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

1:30–2:00 pm
Yoga Nidra | Sattva Studio; Saturdays and Sundays only.

2:00–3:15 pm
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.

5:30–6:00 pm
Guided Meditation Session | Sattva Studio

7:30–8:15 pm
Meditative Chant/Kirtan | Gita Hall

8:30–10:00 pm
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.


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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