Remember, Receive & Reclaim Your Self
At various points in our lives, we all find ourselves pausing to reflect and asking a fundamental question: Is the life I’m leading an authentic reflection of who I am? It’s a moment when we begin to scrutinize whether we’ve been true to our own desires and dreams or if we’ve merely been drifting along, conforming to the expectations of others.
Join Rachel E. Cargle for the debut of her immersive workshop, “A Renaissance of Your Own.” This transformative experience is tailored for those ready to recalibrate their lives and embark on a personal renaissance—a unique journey of self-discovery.
Throughout this profound weekend, Rachel expertly guides you as you dedicate time and attention to those aspects of yourself that long to be acknowledged, embraced, and reclaimed. Through engaging conversations, thought-provoking writing prompts, physical movement, and powerful visualizations, embark on a journey to connect with a reimagined self—one that radiates empowerment, connection, and clarity.
Pulling from her book A Renaissance of Our Own, we
- Explore the significance and science of reimagining as a tool for self-evolution
- Examine what outside influences have distracted us from knowing our true Selves
- Get curious about what our younger selves and older selves might reveal about our desires and goals
- Explore practice and ritual as means to stay in relationship with our truths
- Build out a unique ‘value-based living framework’ as an ongoing tool for coming home to ourselves to include a draft of your manifesto.
By the end of this retreat, you will emerge transformed, armed with a blueprint for harnessing the power of imagination—the realm that transcends boundaries—in order to live in harmony with your highest values and construct a world free from oppressive structures, both personal and societal.
Note Participants will receive a complimentary copy of Rachel’s book, A Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoire & Manifesto on Reimagining.
Gain unwavering clarity on your values.
Feel grounded on your path to transformation.
Move into deeper alignment with self.
Lucid reflection and clarity on how your deepest truths are guiding you.
Learn to communicate your needs to your loved ones and community
Get out of "stuck" mental patterns and open your mind to what is possible.
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle is an activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropic innovator. She is founder of The Loveland Group; a family of companies including Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre, a literary space that celebrates marginalized voices, and The Great Unlearn, a community learning space that centers the teaching of BIPOC thinkers. …
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
A Renaissance of Your Own
April 5–7, 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.
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.
We are committed to the safety of our guests and staff. Our mountaintop location and the surrounding areas are spacious, remote, safe, and secure.
- It is safe to leave your windows open—and necessary for proper airflow!
- Nature surrounds our campus, and it’s common to see rabbits, deer, gophers, wild turkeys, and other small animals. Please give them space, and they’ll do the same for you. We’ve never had a safety incident with animals on campus.
You can help!
- If you come across an animal on campus or a trail, give it space, and please do not attempt to pet or feed it.
- There’s no need to bring valuables to the retreat center; leaving them at home is best.