Getting the Love You Want

Becoming the Most Connected Couple You Know
MAR 26–28 & SEP 10–12, 2021

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D

Tuition
$410
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.
Reviews
4.9/5

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D

MAR 26–28 & SEP 10–12, 2021
Tuition:
$410
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.
MAR 26–28 & SEP 10–12, 2021
Retreat Type
Family & RelationshipsFamily & Relationships
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
Retreat Goals
Better RelationshipsBetter Relationships
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development

Restore Passion and Hope

Are you ready to deepen the connection you experience within your intimate relationship? Do you feel that there is more to love—and you want to reach the next level?

Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt are bestselling authors who have developed a transformative method for supporting couples, called Imago Relationship Therapy. They will guide you and your partner towards a truly fulfilling partnership—restoring passion and hope so that you can feel connected.

We are born in relationship, we are wounded in relationship, and we can be healed in relationship.
– Harville Hendrix

Through a range of techniques included within the Imago method, including witness demonstrations; lectures, and one-on-one practice:

In this workshop, you will

  • Develop effective and loving communication skills
  • Uncover the source of frustrations within your relationship
  • Learn a step-by-step process for transforming conflict into connection
  • Experience true safety with your partner, and feel genuinely appreciated
  • Discover the potential of your relationship as a vessel for passion, healing, and spiritual growth.

You will both take home the skills to nurture and improve your relationship on a daily basis — so that your love can be liberating and free from conflict.

This workshop is for couples to attend together.

Features

A Retreat in the Mountains

During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails and bask in the fresh mountain air, enjoy a pottery or watercolor painting class, release stress with a therapeutic spa treatment, the choice is yours. (Additional fees may apply.)

Make Your Retreat Extra Special

Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older

Presenter

Harville Hendrix Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt Ph.D. are internationally-respected couple’s therapists, educators, speakers, and New York Times bestselling authors. Together, they have written over 10 books with more than 4 million copies sold, including the timeless classic, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. In addition, Harville has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey television program 17 times!

However, marriage—even for marriage experts—is never easy. Just like any other couple, Harville and Helen experienced a power struggle where they attempted to change, coerce, and threaten each other to be “more like me.” A critical comment would degenerate into loud arguments. Blaming each other was a common focus of conversation.

Harville and Helen co-created Imago Relationship Therapy to promote the transformation of couples and families by a creating relational culture that support universal equality. In addition, they’ve developed resources that help couples, families, and educators strengthen their relationship knowledge and skills. They are the co-founders of Imago Relationships International, a non-profit organization that has trained over 2,000 therapists and educators in 51 countries around the world.

Reviews

Harville and Helen Are Wonderful
Kenneth B.
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It was really a lot of fun and yet challenging. Harville and Helen are wonderful and very helpful. Great location. Healthy food at all meals, lots of activities, and friendly staff.
Amazing, Interesting, and Fun
Elaine B.
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Harville and Helen are spectacular. I will never forget them. The program is amazing, interesting, and fun. I have high hopes that it will help us. The Art of Living Retreat Center is lovely with dramatic views, good food, and a nice room.
Hands-On Activities
Henry G.
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I appreciated how much we did hands-on activities to practice the tools and techniques we were taught. The campus has beautiful views overlooking nature.
Very Affirming
Allison M.
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Very informative program, a difficult topic delivered in a compassionate way. Very affirming.
Love and Authenticity
Trudy B.
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We truly enjoyed the ease and flow between Harville and Helen. Living love and authenticity by example as they teach. The entire Art of Living Retreat Center's campus is beautiful.
Beautiful Workshop
Jessica B.
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Harville and Helend were wonderful, charismatic, and authentic. It did not feel rehearsed, but heartfelt. We loved the group feedback because it brings more levels of aliveness and relatability to this whole conversation.
Excellent
Debbie L.
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One of the most valuable things we've done as a couple. The Art of Living Retreat Center is such a beautiful setting. Excellent Vegetarian food, wonderful meeting spaces, good vibe.
Enjoyed
Rebecca B.
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I enjoyed learning that with good structure in place, our difficult or scary conversations wont be so difficult or scary.
The Impossible Happened
Jim C.
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Harville and Helen have created a theory no less important or fundamental then any of Einstein’s. Quite literally the impossible happened within 36 hours – I met the woman I’ve been living with for 13 years for the very first time.
I Feel Exhilarated
Margaret W.
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After 18 years of marriage my husband and I are rediscovering each other’s mysteries. I feel exhilarated and excited about our future together.
I Love Him!
Sara W.
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I went into this thinking I was imperfectly perfect and it was really my partner who was imperfect. My goodness was I wrong! WE are a perfectly imperfect person and now I get to see my husband for the wonderful person that everyone else sees him for. I love him!
Amazing People!
Mary L.
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Harville & Helen you are amazing people! Thank you for sharing your story and helping change the world through relationships.
Deeper Love Found
Kevin P.
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Our marriage was on the rocks, started talking about the D word (divorce). Then we went to your retreat. Since then we have used the Imago Dialogue and are deeper in love then we could have ever imagined.
Imago Workshops Are The Best
Paula F.
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I have attended dozens of meetings, conferences and workshop for 40 years of my professional life. Imago workshops are the best vehicle for personal and professional growth I have been able to participate in for all this time.
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Rooms & Pricing

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. (Rates below are Per Person)

Private Hotel Room

$319/Night/Per Person
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$246/Night/Per Person
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

One other person of the same gender will share the room with you**

Private Retreat Room

$233/Night/Per Person
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$190/Night/Per Person
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

One other person of the same gender will share the room with you**

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$165/Night/Per Person
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you**

Schedule

GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT
Becoming the Most Connected Couple You Know
March 26–28, 2021 & September 10–12, 2021

Subject to change.

Friday 7:30–9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am–12:00 pm and 2:00–5:00 pm; 7:30–9:00 pm
Sunday 9:00–12:00 pm  Room checkout is 11:00 am; luggage may be held at Reception.

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)

Mealtimes
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.

FAQs

For room reservations and wellness retreats, we have a 24-hour cancellation policy. For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.


Retreat 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 the 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.
 
If a participant attends no sessions of the course, the course registration and full course fee can be transferred to another course of the same course type within 60 days after the end of the course originally registered for. If a participant is unable to finish the course they can take another course of the same course type for no additional fee.

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.

Testimonials

Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary.

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

Tuition
$410
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.
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Art of Living Retreat Center

Google Reviews

144 Reviews
4.9/5
- Leslie E.
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"If you want to relax, recharge, and find yourself again, this is the place!"
- Vasily T.
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"A magnificent place for a refreshing retreat. So peaceful and close to nature as it can be."
- Becca N.
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"Excellent food, spa, tons of activities outside of program warm environment for growth Thank you!"
- Rob H.
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"The techniques I learned here have literally transformed my life."
- Michelle L.
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"Excellent program, beautiful surroundings. Wonderful setting for deep connection & reset."
- Dan V.
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"I did not know what to expect. I am very pleased with what I have learned and excited to bring back home."
- Bonnie M.
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"Beautiful grounds with wonderful, genuinely loving instructors. This was a life changing experience!"
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