In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with external stimuli and stressors that encourage us to desensitize, shutdown, and disconnect body from mind and spirit. We’re conditioned to grit our teeth and push through pain or discomfort—basically ignoring the warning messages that our nervous system faithfully sends us. Years later, we then find ourselves with chronic aches and pains that are difficult to shift out of or heal without medical intervention.
What if you could stop this trajectory? Or better yet, prevent it from even starting? It is possible! Join Raven Sadhaka Seltzer on this healing journey of therapeutic and restorative yoga and positional therapy techniques, meditation, guided visualization, and breath work to relieve neck and back aches. Ayurvedic lifestyle practices and alternative therapies will be discussed, and—because just healing the body is not enough—you’ll be guided to explore the emotional layers of your discomfort through various writing and creative exercises. You’ll learn how to
- Uncover movements and habits that are sabotaging your spinal health
- Heal yourself and your spine from the inside-out
- Relieve pain by reducing compression on nerves
- Calm the entire nervous system and trigger the Relaxation Response
- Bring body, mind, and spirit back to balance.
Whether you have a chronic condition, or are seeking preventative help with alignment/posture and gentle core strengthening, this workshop will restore, rejuvenate, and renew. You’ll take home a set of easy-to-use healing tools and experience deep, long-lasting deep wholeness and healing.
Open to everyone; geared toward people with spinal aches and pains. This workshop is not recommended for those who are in acute pain. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Various modifications will be offered using supportive props, and chairs will be available for use.
Items to Bring A journal.
Raven Sadhaka Seltzer, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a creative/intuitive healer focused on spinal health and healing. A spinal injury at the age of 16 was the root of what brought Raven to train and teach yoga to others. Based on her own healing journey, as well as her work with hundreds of others, she authored the book Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life.
Rooms & Pricing
All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. (Rates below are Per Person)
Private Hotel Room
The private hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, a private bath and complimentary wifi.
Shared Hotel Room (2 People)
The shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.
Private Retreat Room
The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.
Shared Retreat Room (2 People)
The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.
Shared Retreat Room (3 People)
The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you.
The Art of Letting Go: Gentle Yoga to Heal the Spine
April 17th-19th, 2020
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Friday 7:30-9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00pm, but if you arrive early we will hold luggage at Reception.
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Optional Onsite Activities
We hope you enjoy your stay with us at the Art of Living Retreat Center. While here, we invite you to immerse in the quiet peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains and connect with yourself. Apart from the activities in your program schedule, there are also opportunities to join daily yoga and meditation classes, restorative Ayurvedic spa treatments, guided hiking trails, pottery classes, evening Kirtans, the outdoor labyrinth or the weekly Bonfire. Here are more details for your stay:
Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)
7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall) During Program Dates only
9:45-10:45 am/4:15-5:15 pm Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Sattva Studio)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Sattva Studio)
1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Sattva Studio) Saturdays and Sundays only
2:00-3:15 pm Property Tour (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
1:30-2:30 pm/3:00-4:00 pm Guided Nature Walk (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
5:30-6:00 pm Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Sattva Studio)
7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Sattva Studio)
8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner
Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.
Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt. Clay pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an appointment.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607
Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest, high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. *NOTE* Please avoid using GPS—it will take you up a private road to a locked gate. Use directions provided on this site.
For room reservations, spa 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.