There is a fundamental (unexamined) assumption that productivity means getting more stuff done. Blind acceptance of this idea by many has led to burn out, frustration, exhaustion, and a lack of purpose, but nowhere more so than with women.
Already tasked with doing the lion’s share of work at home, women who are trying to carve out a professional life—in a system created by and for men—find themselves in a constant swirl of fear, shame, and guilt that what they are doing is never enough. While tremendous strides have been made across the board, trying to fit our round pegs into an age-old square will never be what’s best for us or those around us.
Join critically-acclaimed author and digital entrepreneur Erin Falconer on an exploration of what productivity really is. The word itself is inherently flawed: product-ivity. The whole idea centers around a product—a thing—not a human experience.
The first task is to get the product out of the way and YOU front and center, something that is generally difficult for women to do. We’re constantly putting everything and everyone ahead of our own needs; not a sustainable practice if we’re interested in living full, robust lives on our own terms. To tackle this conventional idea of productivity, we must undo much of what we take for granted about what it means to really “get stuff done” in order to create effortless forward momentum.
Together we will
- Craft a personal productivity plan specifically tailored for you
- Do a critical deep-dive into how you are using your time (and how you could be doing it much more effectively)
- Explore words and behaviors that are self-sabotaging
- Closely examine the relationships in your life that are holding you back or holding you up (and the guilt that accompanies them)
- Learn how to outsource and avoid burnout.
You’ll take home a self-care plan that helps refuel and bring meaning to your life. By learning new and innovative ways to access and step into your personal power, you’ll gain fuller sense of who you are, what you want, and just how to get it—without the exhaustion or the guilt.
This program is for women only.
Erin Falconer is a digital entrepreneur and author of the critically acclaimed How To Get Shit Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything so They Can Achieve Anything. Since 2008, she has been the editor-in-chief and co-owner of Pick the Brain—named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Sites for Women” by Forbes Magazine—and co-host of the Pick the Brain podcast. …
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.)
HOW TO GET SH*T DONE
Understanding Female Productivity
September 17–19, 2021
Your Program Session Times (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 check-out is 11:00 am; luggage can be held at reception.)
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)
Mealtimes 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.)
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 availability, please register for these activities by calling 800-392-6870 prior to your arrival.
Ayurveda Cooking Class $35 (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.
Shankara Ayurveda Wellness Appointments (Additional Cost)
Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily We invite you to make reservations for consultations, treatments, and therapies at the award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness 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.
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.