Push Off from Here

A Weekend of Resetting, Commitment, and Connection
TUITION
$365
per person—plus room/meals & tax
Reviews
4.9/5
JULY 21–23, 2023
LAURA McKOWEN
LAURA McKOWEN
JULY 21–23, 2023
TUITION:
$365
per person—plus room/meals & tax
JULY 21–23, 2023
Retreat Type
Energy WorkEnergy Work
Must Be 18+Must Be 18+
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
SpiritualSpiritual
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development
Self-CareSelf-Care

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.

Presenter

Laura McKowen 2023 Headshot Bio 1

Laura McKowen

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.)

 

Private Hotel Room

$348 per person/per night + tax
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$253 per person/per night + tax
  • Two Twin Beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Private Retreat Room

$263 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 Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$215 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 Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$188 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 Gym & Steam Rooms

Schedule

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.

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
  • 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.

FAQs

On-Campus Program FAQs

Unless otherwise indicated, our programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older. 

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 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 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.

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Location

639 Whispering Hills Road
Boone, NC 28607
800.392.6870

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.  

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

TUITION
$365
per person—plus room/meals & tax

Art of Living Retreat Center

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