Work:Life Integration Retreat

Nov 8 – 10


Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

Nov 8 – 10
Add 2 nights of lodging and meals.
Nov 8 – 10
November 10, 2019 1:00 pm
Retreat Type
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Professional Development & TrainingsProfessional Development & Trainings
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development
Relieve stressRelieve stress


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It’s time to live a more fulfilling life.
The popular Work Life Integration Retreat is returning to the Art of Living Retreat Center for its fourth year: an opportunity to discover an immersive life-enhancing practice, structured around you.
Invest your time and energy in yourself. Blending the science of personal leadership development with well-being and stress relieving practices from ancient traditions, this long weekend is your next step towards embracing your role as a leader in your life.
Sessions also include time to enjoy the Center’s offerings – hiking trails, pottery, spa treatments, or to simply unwind with a book whilst admiring the vastness of the mountain range – the choice is yours.

Through practical workshops, 1:1 coaching sessions, lectures, journaling, yoga and mindfulness practices, you will discover:

  • How to weave healthy living wisdom from yoga and Ayurveda into your life
  • The power of forest bathing and being in nature
  • How to develop a work life plan that supports you in your goals and aspirations moving forward
  • Your custom Birkman Method leadership development packet which includes insights on your interests, strengths, motivating needs, and ways to manage stress

As well as your Birkman Method packet, you will go home with the ability to approach each day from a place of strength and with a greater understanding of your unique leadership qualities.

Open to working professionals at all ages and stages of their careers — from the early years in their professional role through to retirement.


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Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer serves as CEO of Triple W Forum, a personal and leadership development organization.  As a certified coach and consultant, she leads retreats, workshops, keynote sessions, and provides team and one-to-one leadership development coaching both in the US and internationally.  Jennifer is a member of the International Coach Federation as an ACC and an NCC with training from the international coaching and consulting organization, Newfield Network. Jennifer also received training from The Enneagram Institute and is a certified Birkman Method Consultant. She is certified in the Tiara Model of True Leadership with Tiara International. Jennifer is a certified Samapatti Yoga and mindfulness instructor and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Previously, Jennifer served as executive director of the American Marketing Association, Chicago and director of engagement for WOMMA. She is the recipient of the Miami University Women’s Leadership and Male Ally Award for her dedication to the empowerment and advancement of women.

Roles at Retreat: Retreat Facilitator & Speaker, Yoga & Forest Bathing Guide, Coach, Participant

Jennifer will be facilitating sessions throughout the retreat on cultivating integration and well-being in everyday life, the wisdom of the sister science of yoga called Ayurveda, navigating our personalities and behaviors with the Birkman Method, breathwork and mindfulness, and walking you through the development of your Work-Life Planning Guide along with how to take the insights from the retreat into your life beyond the weekend.

For more information about Jennifer Connelly, please visit or

Read a featured article on Jennifer recently published in Yoga Journal here:

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Ellen Burton

Ellen’s initial career as a Certified Athletic Trainer allowed her to contribute to Division One intercollegiate athletic medicine teams (The University of Michigan, The University of Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan University). After 14 award-winning years as an Executive Sales Consultant and corporate trainer for international corporations Sanofi, Novartis and LifeWatch, Inc., Ellen courageously committed full time to her leadership coaching and training company in 2004. Ellen Burton has been called an inspirational leader and a catalyst for change. In addition to personal and professional Coaching, Ellen is a nationally acclaimed business lecturer and motivational speaker. Internationally, Ellen lectures on business topics which include, but are not limited to Workplace Civility, Leadership Excellence, Effective Teamwork Strategies, Development and Retention of Female Leaders, Coaching Strategies for Managing the Generations. Author of the Amazon Best Seller: The Civility Project: How to build a culture of reverence to improve wellness, productivity and profit, Ellen is an avid golfer, community volunteer and is active in her church. Because of working with her Coach, Ellen is powerfully contributing to the world while happily and gratefully living a life beyond her wildest dreams!

For more on Ellen, visit

Roles at Retreat: Panelist, Breakout Session Speaker, Coach, Participant

Breakout Session Topic: The Power of Asking for Help
Who doesn’t want it easier? How about an easier life, more manageable work, smoother friendships? How about less stress regarding romance and finance? It’s all possible and yes, there is a price, but it’s not what you might think. This session shows you how to have a good, full, happy life with ease by exploring blocks to asking for help, the professional and personal development advantages of asking for assistance, and how to develop the skill of making a complete request.

Session Times: Friday Nov 8 11am-12pm and Saturday 1pm-2pm


Walter Crawford

Walter is an executive and leadership coach (ACC), and owner of Crawford Corner Coaching and Consulting, located in the Washington, DC metro area. As a former c-level executive within DC government, Walter brings to his coaching insights over twenty years of human resources and operations leadership in both the public and private sector. As a leadership coach, Walter partners with leaders on all levels in local governments, non-profits, and mid to large size organizations to inspire a journey of learning and development using an open-minded and goal-oriented approach. He brings wisdom and a keen insight into leadership and learning. Over the course of his career, Walter has worked in multiple high-profile organizations within the District of Columbia government, in addition to Hilton Worldwide. Walter is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a Certified Practitioner of the Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessment. He holds an M.B.A., is a nationally Certified Public Manager with a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

For more on Walter visit

Roles at Retreat: Panelist, Breakout Session Speaker, Coach, Participant

Breakout Session Topic: How to Trust the Journey
No matter what journey we are on, there are times when we feel lost and lose trust or faith while walking the path. In this session, we will explore what happens to us when we don’t trust the journey and in what ways we can regain that trust to keep moving. Session Times: Friday, Nov 8 from 10am-11am and Saturday, Nov 9 from 2pm-3pm

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Nancy Johnston

Nancy is an experienced executive and transition coach who works closely with clients to help them identify and pursue their career passions. She serves as an objective advisor, connecting the dots on the areas that spark their interests, capitalize on their strengths, and provide a sustainable path for future growth. Nancy is convinced that all individuals can find fulfillment and joy by contributing their talents while integrating the professional and personal aspects of their lives. She is currently the Director of Alumni Career Management at Columbia Business School. Previously she served as the Director, Corporate Relations at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to that, she was an Executive Coach at Right Management in the Career Transitions practice. Nancy made her own career pivot. Before transitioning into the field of leadership development and coaching, she worked as a marketing executive in a variety of organizations, primarily in software firms. She is certified in the Tiara Model for True Leadership (SM), various Hogan Inventories, and a certified coach in the popular Designing Your Life Program developed at Stanford. Nancy earned a Masters in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, an MBA in Marketing and Finance from DePaul and a BA in Marketing from Loyola.

For more on Nancy, connect with her on
Roles at Retreat: Panelist, Breakout Session Speaker, Coach, Participant
Breakout Session Topic: Crafting the Next Step in Your Career and in Your Life – With the transformative changes in today’s workplace, mid-career change can be unexpected, and common. How do you manage your career and stay relevant in an increasingly digital and technical world? How do you transition to a new role or get back into the game after a career break? What do you do for a second or third act? All change can be an opportunity for personal growth, and mid-career also means many different stages during your career. This session will provide you the opportunity to consider what you want to focus on as you craft the next steps in your career – and your life!

Session Times: Friday, Nov 8 from 1pm-2pm and Saturday, Nov 9 from 5pm-6pm

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Mary Beth Sawicki

Mary Beth Sawicki is a founding partner at Trilogy Effect, a boutique consulting firm that works with people to surface potential; the best of everyone so that there is ease in collaboration and communication, and their work world is more productive, inspiring and fun. And the fringe benefit?  People show up fully engaged in creating a successful future together. Mary Beth’s core responsibility at Trilogy Effect is creating and unfolding connections; her innate gift is being able to see beyond people’s words and actions and to tap into what is really going on inside the individual and the organization. With each engagement, her ability to bring the unspoken into the discussion and ensure everyone feels heard and recognized and respected is beyond measure. In addition to being the wing woman and behind the scenes magic maker for most work sessions, she coaches leaders at all levels.

For more on Mary Beth, visit
Roles at Retreat: Panelist, Coach, Participant

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


$243/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)


$178/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


$198/Night/Per Person

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

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)


$149/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)


$131/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.




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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(Sample Schedule)


  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and reminisce on the moments that connected you.
  • Bring a new level of calm and balance to your relationship with a Yoga or Meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast together.
  • Walk or hike one of our beautiful nature trails and reconnect with each other, nature, and oneself.


  • Share a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory by taking a workshop or educational class, or create a new experience together with a pottery*, watercolor painting, or cooking class (*additional cost).
  • Reduce tension and stress with a couple’s or individual Ayurveda spa treatment. Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
  • Unwind in the sauna together.


  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of self-care and spiritual resources or spend time reading in the cafe.