Filmmaker and Forest Bathing guide Sylvie Rokab will take you on a journey into the forest.
She opens the workshop with a screening of her award winning film Love The Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson; taking you on a cinematic exploration through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.
And then you will embark on your own experiential exploration of nature – in a supportive group setting.
As you move through the forest in the spectacular autumn landscape surrounding the Art of Living Retreat Center, you will slow right down and stress will melt away. As these forest walks continue throughout the weekend, you will:
- Cultivate a sense of presence, and explore a relationship with other beings
- Experience the healing power of nature connection, and its power to awaken creativity, inspire wonder, and spark profound realizations
- Sink into your unique experience of the benefits of nature connection, which often includes a sense of stress and confusion dissolving; heart opening and emotions surfacing; and ideas arising, ready for manifestation
- Sit in council where you will practice deep sharing and/or deep listening, to anchor insights with the help of supportive group members.
You will go home with a renewed sense of connection, meaning and purpose. The forest is the therapist and Sylvie, your guide, will open the door for you to welcome its wisdom.
While this is a very gentle practice, participants need to be in good enough physical health so that they can hike comfortably in nature, which often has uneven trails and terrains.
With the Atlantic Forest as her backyard, Sylvie Rokab was born in Rio and was heartbroken by the rapid destruction of the nature surrounding her. As a young adult she made it her mission to inspire people to deepen their connection with the natural world, and after moving to the US she became a wildlife cinematographer and filmmaker. Now an Emmy nominated filmmaker with over twenty years of experience in the industry, she continues to seek to inspire a diverse audience to transform their relationship with nature and ignite a desire to protect our vital and spellbinding natural world. She is a nature therapy guide in the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing and leads people in an embodied and sensorial exploration of wild places, as well as lecturing around the world.
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.
October 4th-6th, 2019
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Arrival Day 7:30-9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
Departure Day 9:00-11:00 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
General Guest Information
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:
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 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
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 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. 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, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.
Happiness Retreat Cancellation Policy:
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. That being said 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.