Move Better for A Pain-Free Life
Step into a weekend dedicated to honoring your foundation – your feet. Under the guidance of biomechanist Katy Bowman, this retreat invites you to grasp the significance of resilient feet throughout life’s journeys. Our feet endure the brunt of daily activities, athletic pursuits, recovery from injuries, and the transformations brought by pregnancy and aging. Uncover the profound impact of strong and flexible feet, enabling you to move gracefully and maintain essential balance and mobility as you age.
Join Katy Bowman on an immersive journey, where self-assessment tools and targeted exercises become your allies in addressing present foot concerns and fortifying against future challenges. Katy will unravel the intricacies of your body’s lower components, revealing the interconnected dance of toes, feet, ankles, knees, and hips. Through this exploration, discover the art of harmonizing their movements to support a life of pain-free, effortless walking or running.
This retreat warmly welcomes all individuals, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast aiming to sustain an active lifestyle or someone grappling with foot-related impediments. Throughout this experience, Katy will equip you with invaluable skills to
- Nurture your Achilles tendons and calf muscles
- Tackle stiffness linked to hammertoes and bunions
- Enhance the interplay among your feet, knees, and hips
- Elevate the performance of your feet and ankles
- Cultivate stability and balanced walking through purposeful movements
- Navigate foot or ankle injuries with agility
- Mobilize rigid feet or stabilize hypermobile ones
- Evaluate footwear to align with your body’s needs
- Seamlessly transition to minimal footwear
- Assess and fine-tune foot, toe, and ankle alignment for optimal functionality
Katy’s extensive expertise, shaped by years as a personal trainer and biomechanics scholar, delivers a unique and accessible approach. Her language is both precise in anatomical terms yet comprehensible to all, empowering every participant, regardless of their background knowledge.
This retreat stands as your comprehensive manual for nurturing robust, enduring feet – a toolkit for a lifetime of movement and self-care. Embrace this opportunity to enrich your life’s journey, armed with the wisdom to support your feet as they guide you forward.
Bestselling author, speaker, and a leader in the Movement movement, biomechanist Katy Bowman is changing the way we move and think about our need for movement. Her nine books, including the groundbreaking Move Your DNA and Movement Matters, have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. …
Rooms & Pricing
Private Hotel Room
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
- 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
Healing Your Sole
A Stepwise Approach To Building Forever Functional Feet
May 17–19, 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.
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.
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
- 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
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.
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.