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.
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 checkout. (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.
Polishing the Mirror of the Heart: A Weekend Meditation Retreat
June 12–14, 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, and 7:00–9:00 pm
Sunday 7:00–8:00 am and 9:30–11:30 am (Room checkout is 11:00 am; luggage can be held at Reception.)
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)
7:30–9:30 am Breakfast
12:00–2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00–7:30 pm Dinner
Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complementary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)
Hatha Yoga Class | Gita Hall; during program dates only.
9:45–10:45 am and 4:15–5:15 pm
Hatha Yoga Class | Sattva Studio
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Mind and Meditation Session | Sattva Studio
Yoga Nidra | Sattva Studio; Saturdays and Sundays only.
Property Tour | Starts at Reception; Saturdays only.
1:30–2:30 pm and 3:00–4:00 pm
Guided Nature Walk | Starts at Reception; Saturdays only.
Guided Meditation Session | Sattva Studio
Meditative Chant/Kirtan | Gita Hall
Bonfire | Below Veda 2 Weather permitting; Saturdays only.
Optional Activities with Additional Fees
To ensure a space, please register for these activities by calling 800-392-6870 prior to your arrival.
Mindful Painting (1 hour) $25 Sunday Only
Express your creativity through art therapy as you connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting.
Ayurveda Cooking Class $25 (1 hour) Thursday and Saturday Only
Learn how to best nourish your specific body type and thrive in every season.
Pottery Class $30 (1 hour) Thursday to Sunday
Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots.
Ayurveda Spa Appointments (Additional Cost)
Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa 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.
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.
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.