How to Successfully Raise Boys for the Future

What Parents, Educators, and Therapists Needs to Know
June 19–21


Warren Farrell & Troy F. Kemp

Warren Farrell & Troy F. Kemp

June 19–21
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.
June 19–21
June 21, 2020 12:00 pm
Retreat Type
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
Professional Development & TrainingsProfessional Development & Trainings
Retreat Goals
Better RelationshipsBetter Relationships
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development


In the 63 largest developed nations, boys are experiencing a crisis of education, of mental health (e.g., suicide), of unemployment, of purposelessness, of shame…

Parents and professionals typically address some of the more than seventy symptoms of the boy crisis, from addiction to drugs, video games and porn; to ADHD, crime, depression, suicide, dropping out of school; to committing mass shootings, and joining ISIS.  This workshop with Dr. Warren Farrell and Troy Kemp will address the underlying causes and provide concrete solutions, including

  • How raising boys successfully in the past differs from raising boys successfully for their future
  • How a dad’s tendency to roughhouse, enforce boundaries, permit risks, explore nature, and tease, contributes to children’s success and mental health
  • How to inspire boys who are unmotivated in school
  • Why communication training is pivotal—at home and school
  • The necessity of family dinner nights, and how to prevent them from becoming “family dinner nightmares”
  • The damage boys experience when the “purpose void” is magnified by the “dad void”
  • Developing the “Father Warrior” as a new male sense of purpose
  • The three types of sports that enhance boys’ (and girls’) development
  • If you are a single mom: The role of stepfathers, grandfathers, Scouting, Y’s, mentoring, and faith-based communities
  • In case of divorce…the four “Must-Dos”
  • Heroic Intelligence vs. Health Intelligence
  • Helping boys identify and resist destructive “social bribes”
  • Detecting the red flags of depression and suicide in boys.

The weekend incorporates interactive experiences that parents and professionals can use both with themselves and boys and girls. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this very relevant conversation and discover solutions for addressing these important issues.


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Warren Farrell, PhD

Warren Farrell, PhD, is author of Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say and co-author of The Boy Crisis with Dr. John Gray. Chosen by The Financial Times of London as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders, his pioneering work in both the women’s and men’s movements lead him to teach couples’ communications workshops across the country. His eight books are published in 19 languages. Find out more:

Troy Kemp

Troy F. Kemp

Troy F. Kemp’s 29-year career in education includes serving as an award winning math teacher, championship football and lacrosse coach, computer coordinator, dorm parent, Dean of Admission, and Associate Headmaster for Enrollment and Marketing. …

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


$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)


$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


$233/Night/Per Person

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

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)


$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)


$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.



What Parents, Therapists, and Educators Need to Know

June 19–21, 2020

Your Program Session Times (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 pm (Room checkout is 11:00 am; luggage can be held at Reception.)

General Information

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)

7:30–9:30 am Breakfast
12:00–2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
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.)

7:30–8:30 am
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

1:30–2:00 pm
Yoga Nidra | Sattva Studio; Saturdays and Sundays only.

2:00–3:15 pm
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.

5:30–6:00 pm
Guided Meditation Session | Sattva Studio

7:30–8:15 pm
Meditative Chant/Kirtan | Gita Hall

8:30–10:00 pm
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.

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

Two hours by car without traffic


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.

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