Best-selling author, yoga teacher, and recovery coach Laura McKowen presents an empowering retreat based on her new book, Push Off From Here: Nine Essential Truths to Get You Through Sobriety (and Everything Else).
During this transformative weekend, Laura guides you through a modern, actionable framework to heal what pains you, open your heart, and clarify your intentions.
Experience Laura’s unique style of light restorative yoga, journaling, mindfulness exercises, guided self-reflection, and group sharing as you discover
- A proprietary nine-point framework to conquer personal challenges of any kind
- Techniques for reconnecting to heart and body and creating inner harmony
- Newfound clarity on your values and intentions
- Practical ways to exercise greater self-compassion
- Profound support to encourage your journey
- New friendships with like-minded seekers committed to growth and transformation.
“Forget forever. It doesn’t exist, anyway. As Eckhart Tolle also said, ‘It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living,’ and that’s exactly what you’re doing when now is swallowed by projections of forever. Nothing in the future exists yet. But anything is possible right now. Including the thing you think you cannot do.” ― Laura McKowen
Whether you’re in recovery, facing a big transition, suffering a loss, or simply need a weekend to reset and tune back into yourself, this retreat is an opportunity to rest, reflect, and re-commit to the life you want to live.
Items to Bring Paper/journal and pen.
Recommended reading Laura McKowen, Push Off from Here
Note This program is not specific to sobriety; open to participants aged 18 and older. No yoga experience is required.
Laura McKowen is the bestselling author of We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life and founder of The Luckiest Club, an international sobriety support community. She is a certified yoga instructor and recovery coach and has been teaching sold-out workshops and retreats since 2017. …
Rooms & Pricing
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.)
Push Off from Here
A Weekend of Resetting, Commitment, and Connection
July 21–23, 2023
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
- 10:00 am–6:00 pm Saturday
Clay Handbuilding $35.00 (1 hour)
Throwing Wheel $45.00 (2 hours)
Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily
We invite you to also make reservations for consultations, therapies, and treatments at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness prior to arrival in order to ensure availability. Please call 828-264-8382 for details. Additional cost.
On-Campus Program FAQs
Unless otherwise indicated, our programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older.
- 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.
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.
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.