Soul Shift

Consider Your Response. Shift Your Habits. Love Your Life for Real.
NOV 5–7

RACHEL MACY STAFFORD

RACHEL MACY STAFFORD

NOV 5–7
Tuition:
$325
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.
NOV 5–7
Retreat Type
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
Retreat Goals
Better RelationshipsBetter Relationships
Get HappyGet Happy
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development
Relieve StressRelieve Stress
Self-CareSelf-Care

Love Your Life For Real.

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As we get farther and farther away from childhood, the demands and stresses of life increase. We tend to forget that we have the power to say yes to the delights of our heart and soul. We forget what makes us feel alive and what brings us peace. But we must remember in order to live a present, joyful, and fulfilling life. We must abandon the pressure to do it all. We must surrender the need to please everyone. We must protect our time and energies from those things which deplete and exhaust us.

Best-selling author and celebrated motivational speaker Rachel Macy Stafford presents Soul Shift, a shame-free, hope-filled workshop which teaches you to recognize when your soul sends invitations to face powerful truths, shift your responses, and replace self-defeating habits with practices rooted in self-awareness, healing, and compassion.

Through lecture, group exercises, reflection questionnaires, and journal prompts, you will learn how to uncover and respond to your innermost painful truths and achieve truly transformational results.

Come ready to dig into your soul to uncover the obstacles that are preventing you from living a fulfilling life

In This Workshop, You Will Discover

  • The formula for finding the joy in life that has eluded you
  • A practical and proven process for repairing broken connections
  • How to love yourself “as is,” and to extend that same unconditional love to others
  • Ways to pursue and express the passions of your heart.

By the end of the program, you will have a personalized Soul Shift Action Plan made up of three key pieces acquired at each session.

You will go home with the tools to gain and maintain a sense of inner peace—and experience joy, connection, and fulfillment.

Open to participants age 18 and older.

Features

A Retreat in the Mountains

During your stay, you have time for personal R&R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails and bask in the fresh mountain air, enjoy a pottery or watercolor painting class, release stress with a therapeutic Ayurveda treatment, the choice is yours. (Additional fees may apply.)

Make Your Retreat Extra Special

Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older.

Presenter

Rachel Macy Stafford

Rachel Macy Stafford has one goal: help people choose love as much as humanly possible. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, Only Love Today and Live Love Now. She is also a certified special education teacher and inspiring speaker. …

Reviews

So Grounded and Secure
B.F.
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“To say Rachel’s work has changed my life is an understatement. It has had a ripple effect. I am so grounded and so secure in my place in this world now that I want to help others feel that way too. We all have different paths in how we can get there, but we can get there. I was beginning to doubt if I would ever get there before Soul Shift."
Changed My Life
D.G.
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“I cannot say this about any other course I have taken: SOUL SHIFT has CHANGED MY LIFE for the better. It felt like I was taking an important ride with a close friend who totally understands me. Rachel made the work possible, and even joyful, as we got to hold each other’s hands through the journey.”
A Loving Home
S.D.
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“Our house which was filled with anger, shouting, orders and talking down to the kids to ‘make’ them do things has completely changed. My kids have a different temperament now. My partner and I have grown so much closer. Our house has become a ‘home' and a loving place we 'want' to come back to. Thank you, Rachel, from the bottom of my heart.”
More Kind, Patient, Understanding
M.K.
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“I am so happy that I cared enough about myself & my family to fully take part in Soul Shift! I feel fortunate that I was able to connect with so many amazing, truthful, kind, honest, loving, & raw souls! I truly believe that this course has helped to bring kindness, understanding, compassion, and patience to my family's everyday life.”
Found My Truth
A.G.
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“This course has changed me in profound ways. After almost twelve years of marriage, I'm now finding and speaking my truths to my spouse and my children. It's a struggle as we chart new territory, but the journey is worth it because I've found myself and that's truly invaluable. Only love today. And tomorrow. And forever after. Thank you, Rachel.”
I Feel Understood
A.A.
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“This course was amazing. I no longer feel alone; now I feel understood. I'm so happy I've started this journey to love myself for real. I wouldn't have been able to do it alone. Thank you so much Rachel!”
Exactly What I Needed
C.S.
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“This course is exactly what I needed at a time when everything was glaringly pointing me in the direction of self-improvement, self-love, self-care and love of others. I got that and so much more. You get a lifetime of developing who you are and allowing the best version of you to ripple out and change lives. What more could we want out of life?”
I Feel It & See It
A.A.
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“Thank you, Rachel Macy Stafford. Soul Shift has been life changing in many ways. I feel the shift happening slowly and see it in my loved ones’ eyes.”
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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

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$334/Night/Per Person
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Grounds and Facilities, including Gym & Steam Rooms

Private Retreat Room

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$244/Night/Per Person
  • Two Twin Beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Grounds and Facilities, including Gym & Steam Rooms

Schedule

SOUL SHIFT
November 5–7, 2021

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)

Dining Hours Purna Dining Hall
7:30–9:30 am Breakfast
12:00–1:30 pm Lunch
6:00–7:30 pm Dinner

Optional Activities

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 | Sattva Studio | Thu–Sun
11:00 am–12:00 pm  Mind & Meditation | Sattva Studio |  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 | Sattva Studio | Wed–Sat
5:30–6:00 pm  Guided Meditation | Sattva Studio | Wed–Sat
7:30–8:15 pm  Meditative Chants/Kirtan | Sattva Studio | 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 $30.00 (1 hour) 
     Throwing Wheel $45.00 (2 hours) 

Shankara Ayurveda Wellness Appointments (Additional Cost)

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.

Actual schedules and venues may vary; please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in.

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 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.

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.

Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 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.

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

Tuition
$325
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.

Art of Living Retreat Center

Google Reviews

144 Reviews
4.9/5
- Leslie E.
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"If you want to relax, recharge, and find yourself again, this is the place!"
- Vasily T.
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"A magnificent place for a refreshing retreat. So peaceful and close to nature as it can be."
- Becca N.
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"Excellent food, spa, tons of activities outside of program warm environment for growth Thank you!"
- Rob H.
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"The techniques I learned here have literally transformed my life."
- Michelle L.
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"Excellent program, beautiful surroundings. Wonderful setting for deep connection & reset."
- Dan V.
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"I did not know what to expect. I am very pleased with what I have learned and excited to bring back home."
- Bonnie M.
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"Beautiful grounds with wonderful, genuinely loving instructors. This was a life changing experience!"
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  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
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AFTERNOON

  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
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  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of new and classic self-care and spiritual resources.
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  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.
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