James McCrae Bunny Michael Banner 2024

The Art of Your Higher Self

Inner Transformation Through Creative Expression

James McCrae and Bunny Michael

OCT 4–6
James McCrae and Bunny Michael
OCT 4–6
Tuition:
$335
per person—plus room/meals & tax
OCT 4–6
Retreat Type
Creative ExpressionCreative Expression
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development
Self-CareSelf-Care

Nurture Growth Through Creativity

Are you ready to rediscover your creative nature and higher Self? Join renowned authors and creatives James McCrae and Bunny Michael for a weekend of self-discovery, expression, transformation, and community.

Being an artist doesn’t mean working only with traditional mediums like painting or poetry. True artistry is about actualizing your innate creative nature to bring your imagination to life in whatever form that takes. In all its forms, whether it’s writing, performing, conducting business, or creating social media content, creativity expresses your higher Self.

Blending creativity, spirituality, and mindfulness, we explore various rituals for inner transformation through writing, art, and expression.

During this immersive weekend,

  • Awaken your inner child and inner artist
  • Cultivate your channel of intuition
  • Connect with your higher Self and deepest purpose
  • Break through the blocks that have been holding you back
  • Discover new rituals for healing, mindfulness, writing, and creativity
  • Create and express yourself with a supportive and inclusive community.

If you’re looking to deepen your creative practice, combine purpose and play, connect with a welcoming and creative community, and transform your mess into your message, then this retreat is for you.

Recommended but not required reading resources available here.

Presenters

James McCrae Headshot Bio 500x500

James McCrae is an author, meme poet, and teacher who empowers creators to live with purpose and turn imagination into reality. …

Bunny Michael Headshot Bio 500x500

Bunny Michael is a multi-disciplinary artist and spiritual teacher who has dedicated their work to awakening higher self-consciousness on the planet—the manifestation of love within all humans deconditioned by a hierarchical thought system. …

Reviews

Profoundly Transformed
Zelda P.
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James has profoundly transformed my life trajectory. He gave me the tools to express myself and be an active contributor to the world I want to create. A true visionary who is generously sharing his wisdom and co-creating a safe space for his clients.
Revitaliing
Cheyenne
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Working with James was not only revitalizing to my business and expression, my whole life has also shifted. I feel inspired, aligned with my message, supported by an amazing community of like-minded individuals, AND professional opportunities have been appearing out of nowhere! If you are looking to share your message without feeling like you are compromising your values, James is the perfect match!
Fascinating & Thougtful
Jackie S.
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James is a natural born teacher. His courses are fascinating, thoughtful, interactive, and fun. Do yourself a service and recognize any excuses you’re making to not take his class (such as money, time, etc.) for what they really are – fear getting in the way of you acting on your inspiration. Push past the fear and jump in. You will be so happy you did.
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Schedule

The Art of Your Higher Self

Oct 4–6, 2024

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 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

$416 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)

$297 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

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.