Unwind for this gleeful exploratory romp into the deeply mysterious heart of meditation practice, with meditation instructor and award-winning writer Jeff Warren, co-author of the best-selling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.
The main practices will be mindfulness and acceptance, with continuous exploration into the transformative dynamics of how spiritual practices work. Jeff will also teach about what it means to be your own teacher, able to “MacGyver” your meditation to fit your unique circumstances and nervous system, always curious about and alert to new openings and possibilities.
There is simply no greater adventure.
Jeff’s primary intention for this retreat is to activate people’s motivation and wonder. Meditation is training how you want to exist. It’s that deep, that real, and sometimes that cosmic. Leading these explorations is his absolute favorite thing in the world to do. It is his privilege to connect to people in this way and he loves getting to know the folks he meets on retreat.
Nurtured by breathtaking views, this retreat is suitable for total beginners to more experienced practitioners. Three days of sitting and discussion, with some movement and nature excursions to keep the energy moving and the body limber. Excitement will be had, as well as peaceful sighing and frequent existential reorientations.
A note from Jeff:
Have you seen the Art of Living website? Hundreds of glossy teachers and techniques from every tradition and approach imaginable. That’s a lot of options. I always wonder: how are you supposed to know which one is right for you?
This situation pretty much sums up my first few years as a practitioner. I spent all my time pinging around in a lather of ADD-powered excitability, jumping from teacher to teacher and technique to technique, never sure what I was doing or why.
I would like to help you avoid this scenario by … giving you yet another option. Because, yes, now I’m ON that website, with my own ridiculous offering.
Welcome to Meditation Retreat for Fidgety Skeptics, where it doesn’t matter how many techniques and paths you’ve neurotically screwed up. In this workshop, we start again fresh, by exploring the core existential skills being trained across all techniques.
We’ll dig into the magical mystery weirdness of concentration, clarity, equanimity, and friendliness, and then we’ll build a customized practice that works for each of us. We’ll do all this in a rigorously humanistic way that nevertheless gets bat-shit mystical at the end, because, frankly, that’s where the fun is.
As you take a break from daily life in this retreat, you will:
- Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit through meditation and light movement practices
- Enjoy the sense of connection through group meditation
- Experience mindfulness, lovingkindness, open awareness meditations- and many more
- Learn the core existential principles within all meditation types
- Create a custom meditation practice just for yourself
Jeff Warren is a writer and meditation instructor and co-author with Dan Harris of the New York Times best seller Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. His focus is practice—meditation practice, movement practice, life practice. He is also the author of The Head Trip, a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming, and waking. An award-winning writer, he is published in The New York Times, New Scientist, Discover, and other esteemed publications. He is founder of The Consciousness Explorers Club (CEC), a nonprofit meditation adventure group based in Toronto, whose mission is to support new forms of community practice. Find out more: www.jeffwarren.org
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
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)
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
The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.
Shared Retreat Room (2 People)
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)
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.
Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics
November 22nd-24th, 2019
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Arrival Day 7:30-9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Departure Day 9:30-11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
General Guest Information
We hope you enjoy your stay with us at the Art of Living Retreat Center. While here, we invite you to immerse in the quiet peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains and connect with yourself. Apart from the activities in your program schedule, there are also opportunities to join daily yoga and meditation classes, restorative Ayurvedic spa treatments, guided hiking trails, pottery classes, evening Kirtans, the outdoor labyrinth or the weekly Bonfire. Here are more details for your stay:
3:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, but if you arrive early we will hold luggage at Reception.
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)
7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall) During Program Dates only
9:45-10:45 am/4:15-5:15 pm Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) Saturdays and Sundays only
2:00-3:15 pm Property Tour (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
1:30-2:30 pm/3:00-4:00 pm Guided Nature Walk (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
5:30-6:00 pm Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)
8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner
Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.
Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt. Clay pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an appointment.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 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. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. *NOTE* Please avoid using GPS…It will take you up a private road to a locked gate. Use directions provided on this site.
For room reservations & spa retreats, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
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. That being said 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.