Remember, Re-Connect, and Celebrate YOU.
Every woman must be celebrated—her story, heartbreaks, breakthroughs, and victories must be acknowledged and honored.
Every woman must be taught, instructed, corrected, and loved by other women.
Every woman is a midwife to another woman—breathing, praying, guiding, and supporting her into a new level of being and living. These are the stages of a woman’s rite of passage.
Every stage of a woman’s life is a sacred process of healing, growth, and transformation. Unfortunately, for many women, the ancient teachings have been forgotten or dismissed, and as a result, today’s women learn about being a woman through on-the-job training.
Some women know what a woman must learn, heal, and master in order to step fully into their power. This and so much more will be taught and shared in the Rites of Passage program—a 9-week online experiential program that begins on June 3rd and concludes with a 4-day in-person initiation and celebration retreat. Throughout the process, women will work in their respective age groups to learn, heal, and master the gifts, lessons, and blessings of being a woman.
Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, celebrated writer, public speaker, and acclaimed spiritual life coach, invites every woman to give herself permission to grow, heal, transform, and be prayed for as she prays for other women. The sacred, secret ceremonies of a woman’s Rite of Passage have not been forgotten. She knows them and wants to share them with you.
What Will I Learn at the Rites of Passage?
Throughout the ROP program, you will study and learn in your clan—those who share your stage of life and development. For example, if you are 20-something, you will work in the 20s Clan. If you are 30-something, you will work in the 30s clan, and so on up until age 70 and beyond.
The ROP community and each clan will do the internal and external work necessary to activate the power of the seven healing attributes of a woman’s soul:
- The Blessing represents what the soul brings to life and what the soul offers the world. It is the essence of who and what the soul is at the stage of development.
- The Gift represents that which is given to you by divine providence as a support mechanism, meaning that which you can abide in, lean into, stand on, and trust to sustain yourself.
- The Lesson represents what a woman must learn and master within her being. A missed, ignored, denied, or unaccepted lesson increases the difficulty of understanding the next one. The Lesson allows you to learn from others without losing your sense of Self.
- The Grace represents that which the soul of others naturally offers to you. The Grace allows you to connect with others and to be nourished by others without expectations.
- The Heart represents the emotional character a woman is consciously called to embrace in order to support and advance the development of her soul. Failure to do so can lead to the soul’s emotional balance deterioration.
- The Healing represents that which the soul needs to continue in its development and unfolding. It is required to maintain wellness and well-being through experiences and relationships.
- The Ritual represents what a woman must do to sustain herself and support the wholesome development of her soul. The ritual is a woman’s sacred time with herself. It keeps her grounded in what is and is not important.
You will also meet the Clan Mothers, the elder women who will guide you through the process. If you intend to participate in the ROP program, we encourage you to plan and prepare now. Each session is essential, so you are encouraged to plan vacations and other commitments to support yourself in sustaining full participation in each session throughout the process.
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This program is open to women only, age 20+.
Nine consecutive meetings will begin on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 10:00 am–1:00 pm (EDT) via Zoom—you can participate from anywhere in the world.
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
The ROP program culminates in a 4-day in-person Initiation and Celebration at the Art of Living Center in Boone, North Carolina, Thursday, August 10–Sunday, August 13.
*Housing registration will open June 15, 2023. There is an additional financial commitment for lodging at The Art of Living Retreat Center.
We are honored and humbled to serve and support you as a sister-woman and look forward to being with you on the incredible journey we shall embark upon together.
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Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, the host and Executive Producer of OWN’s acclaimed and award-winning series, Iyanla: Fix My Life has been called one of the country’s most celebrated writers, public speakers, and is among the most influential, socially engaged, and acclaimed spiritual life coaches of our time. …
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 15 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 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.
Boone, NC 28607
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.