Ready to detox, hike daily, and create strides towards better health? Grab your hiking shoes and release toxins with naturalist mountain-climber John Bagnulo. In this active, outdoorsy retreat, you’ll discover ways to transform your body, reset your metabolism, and nourish through wholesome foods and movement.
Immersed and supported by the center’s pristine forest and the expertise of your guide, you will discover the best foods for your highest nutrition and health and hike your way to metabolism reset. Through enlightening discussion, nutritious food, and vigorous outdoor activities, you will learn how to eat, move, and lose.
In this active retreat, you will:
- Discover the benefits of specific nutritious foods within the diet
- Cultivate strength and balance, endurance, and metabolic reset
- Experience renewal and rejuvenation from clean, healthy foods
- Learn the importance of sunlight-mediated biochemistry
- Explore the restorative and energizing benefits of circadian entrainment
- Develop an understanding of “biological compatibility” in your own life
You’ll leave with a deep understanding of biological compatibility and tools to keep them in place in your own life through movement, foods, and other metabolic factors.
Items to bring: Appropriate footwear (hiking boots recommended) and clothing for the weather in early November (warm jacket and layers).
This retreat is appropriate for individuals in good physical condition able to walk/hike at least two hours a day and may be of particular interest to registered dietitians, physical trainers, physical therapists, and naturopaths.
John Bagnulo, Ph.D., MPH, is the Director of Nutrition for Nutritional Medicinals and a core faculty member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Serving as a researcher, university associate professor, and consultant for 22 years, his passion for increasing the public’s knowledge and awareness of food and agriculture’s influence on patterns of health and disease.
An avid outdoorsman and naturalist, he has climbed mountain ranges all over the world, including Everest in 2006. His degrees include an MPH from the University of North Carolina and a Doctorate of Human Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Maine. He operates a clinical practice in Vermont.
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)
Eat, Move, Lose
November 1st-3rd, 2019
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Friday 7:30-9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
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 Onsite Activities
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:
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, 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. 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.