Polishing the Heart

A Weekend Meditation Retreat
June 12 – 14

BOONE, NC

Saki Santorelli

Saki Santorelli

June 12 – 14
Tuition:
$295
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.
June 12 – 14
June 14, 2020 1:00 pm
Retreat Type
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
SpiritualSpiritual
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development

Description

There is a place in each of us that people all over the world intuitively know as the heart. Not the ‘pump’ that beats more than 3,000,000 times in our lives, but that place the Sufi poet Hafiz calls “The city inside the chest.” The place that invites us into grief, longing, and love.

 

We all suffer from conditioned habits and patterns of mind and in a world filled with struggle and stress, we can easily and inadvertently harden our hearts as a way of being safe. Within the context of contemplative practice, this workshop is designed to help us learn to orient ourselves toward our hearts and address these human vulnerabilities with tenderness and clarity so they can be understood, worked with skillfully and used to soothe, warm, and enliven the heart.

 

We’ll learn to lean into feelings of love and openness through 

 

  • Awareness practices from the Buddhist and Sufi traditions
  • Structured and spontaneous moments of conversation, dialogue, and inquiry
  • Silence and stillness
  • Poetry and story
  • Music and movement

 

Together, we’ll feel our way into this many-chambered domain of our humanness to gain clear methods for cultivating an open heart and a clear mind. In the good company of one another, this course is an invitation to practice meditation and mindfulness as a way of entering and understanding, soothing, relaxing, and polishing the mirror of the heart. 

 

Open to everyone; healthcare professionals may find it particularly helpful.

Testimonials

Presenter

saki headshot

Saki Santorelli

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, pioneered the integration of mindfulness into medicine, health care, and the broader society. He was a professor of medicine, director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic—the place of origin of MBSR—and the executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School…

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

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$285/Night/Per Person

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)

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$224/Night/Per Person

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

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$233/Night/Per Person

The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

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$190/Night/Per Person

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)

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$165/Night/Per Person

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.

 

Schedule

Polishing the Mirror of the Heart: A Weekend Meditation Retreat

June 12th-14th, 2020

 

Your Program Session Times (subject to change)

Friday 7:30-9:00 pm

Saturday 7:00-8:00 am; 9:30 am-12:00 pm;  2:30-5:00 pm; 7:00-9:00 pm

Sunday 7:00-8:00 am; 9:30-11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)

 

Arrival Day

3:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, 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: Geeta Hall)

11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)

1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) 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: Geeta Hall)

7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)

8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only

 

Mealtimes

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

Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in our tranquil sanctuary set amidst 380 pristine acres high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina—the perfect place to begin your journey to wellness.

NOTE Avoid using GPS—it will take you up a private road to a locked gate.  Please use the directions provided on this site.

Distance from Nearest Airport

2 hours by car without traffic

FAQs

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.

Tuition
$295
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.

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