The Living Well: Art of Self Care Retreat is designed for health care professionals seeking to build a proficient practice for their own self-care and enrich their quality of life. 

Health care professionals are inspired to serve their patients and the profession. But in the process of caring for their patient’s needs, the care provider is subject to many stressors, all of these can lead to stress and physician burnout. 

The Living Well: Art of Self Care Retreat for HCPs provides you with an opportunity to learn simple practices that can enhance physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. By the end of the retreat, you will be equipped with specific techniques that can be practiced daily. This retreat is also designed to provide physicians and allied health professionals with an update on the latest research in yoga, breathing practices and meditation and their therapeutic applications, including benefits and risks.

The “Living Well: Art of Self Care Retreat” is a 30 hour Continuing Education Credit program combining 3 cornerstone techniques; “Sudarshan Kriya” and “Sahaj Samadhi Meditation” and “ Sri Sri Yoga” based on the ancient Vedic science of breath, the art of meditation and philosophy of yoga.

* Sudarshan Kriya® 
A unique powerful breathing practice using natural specific rhythms that facilitate the release of deep stress and harmonize the body and mind.

* Sahaj Samadhi Meditation®
 A personal practice of meditation that is natural and effortless to relax the mind and body into a state of deep and profound restfulness to unfold one’s own infinite potential.

* Sri Sri Yoga®
 A restorative practice of yoga including asanas such as “Padma-Sadhana®, Sukshma Vyayam (Subtle Yoga), Sun-salutation, Yoga-Nidra and yogic wisdom. A holistic way to integrate and energize body, mind, breath and spirit.

The course is taught over 5 days with total 30 hours (30 hours onsite, followed by an OPTIONAL 2 hours follow-up session after 1-2 weeks either in person or online) The CME certificates are provided upon completion of the program. Participation in all sessions of the program is mandatory for CME Certificate.

A FREE 2-hour “Pre-Session Introductions to the Living Well Programs” as well as a 2-hour “Post-Session Follow-up to the Living Well Programs” is offered at specific times and venues, before and after the CME Activity respectively. These sessions are also approved to provide 1.5 Continuing Education Credits. For the schedule please contact the program coordinator.

The course is designed for Physicians, Physicians-in-Training (medical students, residents, fellows), Osteopath practitioners, Nurses, Allied healthcare professionals and Integrative medicine practitioners who want to incorporate the ancient and modern sciences for stress management and self-development into their daily lives.

Upon completion of this program, the participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the connection between body, mind, breath and Self.
  • Reflect on the tendencies of the mind and recognize how managing the mind can help bring awareness and alleviate stress and burnout.
  • Relate to the science of breath and breathing techniques as tangible tools to increase energy and reduce stress.
  • Identify and optimize the sources of energy to maximize personal well-being.
  • Demonstrate, perform and practice Yoga asana, Breathing techniques, and unique process of “Sudarshan KriyaTM
  • Practice “Sahaj Samadhi Meditation” and follow the instructions to adhere to daily Meditation practice.
  • Develop practical tools and social skills through reflective interactive processes.
  • Incorporate the course’s knowledge into daily life to create regular self-care practices for life-long benefits.
  • Yoga Asanas: Various gentle and vigorous postures including a specific sequence of invigorating and soothing yoga postures called “Padma-Sadhana®” and Sukshma Vyayam (Subtle Yoga)
  • Yogic Science of Breathing – Pranayama: Various Breathing techniques including Victory Breath (also known as Ujjayi Breath), Bellows Breath (also known as Bhastrika), Shining Skull Breath (also known as Kapalbhati), Alternate Nostril Breathing (also known as Nadi Shodhan), Bee Breath (also known as Bhramari) and Yogic Breath
  • Rhythmic Breathing – Sudarshan Kriya® (also known as SKY practice): This powerful breathing process is the centerpiece of the course and uses specific, natural rhythms that facilitate the release of deep stress and harmonize the body-mind complex.
  • Sahaj Samadhi Meditation®: “Sahaj” means natural or effortless, “Samadhi” means the state of deep peace and rest that underlies thought and activity. This is an ancient meditation practice that allows the conscious mind to settle deeply into itself in a natural, effortless way.
  • Yoga Psychology – Cognitive Behavioral Reframing based on timeless wisdom – Interactive experiential processes based on ancient and modern science.
  • Mind/Body R & D – Yoga Genetics –  Neuroplasticity
  • Your Personal Self Care Routine for Improving Resilience

NYU-New York University Post-Graduate Medical School:-


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint provider ship of the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School and the Art of Living Foundation. The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AHNA-American Holistic Nurses Association:-


“This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission (ANCC) on Accreditation.”

Continuing Education Credits:

This program is approved for:-

Physicians: – CME Credits – 30 CME under the standards of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for MDs. 

MD Participants will receive maximum 30 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Nurses: CNE Credits 30 Contact Hours Continuing Educational Credits for Nurses under the standards of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Nurses will receive a maximum of 30 CNE contact hours.

Other HCPs: Certificate of Attendance for all other Health Care ProfessionalsParticipants who attend the “Pre-Session Introduction to the Living Well Programs” and “Post-Session Follow-up to the Living Well Programs” may earn up to 1.5 Continuing Education Credits additionally.

  • Learning tools and techniques to prevent and reverse the burnout, enhancing personal and professional performance.
  • Creating a daily self-care practice to live a happier and healthier life.
  • Earning up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1TM CME credits for MDs and 30 AANP contact hours CNE credits for Nurses.
  • Lifetime access to weekly Sudarshan KriyaTM practice groups in 10,000+ Art of Living centers around the world over 155 countries.
  • Opportunity to connect with a global community of Meditating doctors and other HCPs.

Research has demonstrated that Sudarshan Kriya® and the related practices can:

  • Reduce levels of stress (reduce cortisol – the “stress” hormone)
  • Relieve anxiety and depression (mild, moderate and severe)
  • Enhance well-being (Increase prolactin)
  • Regulate brain function (increased mental focus, calmness and recovery from stressful stimuli, including PTSD)
  • Support the immune system.
  • Increase antioxidant protection.
  • Help to restore normal sleep patterns.

More information on Sudarshan Kriya®, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation and Sri Sri Yoga can be found at:

  • Sudarshan Kriya – Science of Breath

  • Research – on SKY & Sahaj Meditation

  • Meditation – Now & Then

  • Sri Sri Yoga – Yoga Art of Living way

  • Living Well Programs

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.


Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.


Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.


Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.


Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.


All sessions are mandatory to attend.

Wed May 8:

4-6 pm: Check-in

6-7 pm: Dinner and Meet and Greet

7-7.20 pm: AOLRC orientation

7.30-9 pm: The Secret of the Breath

Thurs May 9:

7.30-8.30 am: Morning Yoga

8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast

9.30 am-12.30 pm: The Rhythms of Life

12.30-1.30 pm: Lunch

1.30-4.15 pm: Free time*

4:15-6:15 pm: Deepening Our Experience

6.15-7.30 pm: Dinner

7.30-8.30pm: The science of chanting (optional) + Know Your Constitution – a questionnaire

Fri May 10:

7.30-8.30 am: Morning Yoga (optional)

8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast

9.30 am -12 pm: A new beginning of self-care routine

12-1.30 pm: Lunch

1.30-4 pm: Free time*

4-6 pm: Understanding Burnout and Self Care, Subtle Yoga (Sukshma Vyayam)

6-7.30 pm: Dinner

7.30-9 pm: Introduction and Initiation to Sahaj Samadhi Meditation

Sat May 11:

6-7 am: Morning Walk/Sunrise/Labyrinth Meditation (Weather permitting) or Journaling/Solitude 7-8.30 am: Morning Yoga

8.30-9.30 am: Breakfast

9.30 am-1 pm: Understanding Health, Wellness, and Yoga, Padmasadhana, Meditation practice

1-3 pm: Lunch and Free time*

3-6.30 pm: Chair Yoga, Understanding Yoga’s Subtle Anatomy and Meditation Practice

6.30-8 pm: Dinner with Presentation on Understanding Ayurveda

Sun May 12:

7-8.30am: Morning Yoga and Home practice guidelines

8.30-10 am: Breakfast and Check out

10 am-1 pm: Science of Yoga, Understanding Energy Centers, Energy Center Meditation

1-1.30 pm: Lunch with Q-A

Note: The schedule is subject to change to accommodate the flow of the course.

*Free time to enjoy a range of activities such as hiking, pottery, spa treatments, or simply unwind with a book whilst admiring the vastness of the mountain range

We recommend you to book the pottery and spa treatments in advance to avoid any disappointments.

Dr. Sarita Patel MD

Dr. Sarita is the DIRECTOR, is a Physician, Palliative Care and Pain Management Service, and CLINICAL COORDINATOR, Dept of Med Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. She is specifically involved with training the medical students, medical residents and research activities in the institution.

A senior member of the faculty and certified instructor of yoga and meditation at the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values, she has been teaching stress management and self-development programs to health care professionals, patients, hospital administrators and corporate leaders for more than 15 years.

Dr. Patel is the Co-Founder of Living Well Programs offered by the Art of Living Foundation. The programs teach effective mind-body resilience techniques supported by evidence-based research that addresses health care professionals burn out and help improve their personal and professional performance. She travels and conducts Living Well programs all over the country.

Dr. Patel has spoken on “Spirituality and Health” and such related topics in various health care institutions, government organizations and other corporation including IBM.

Dr. Patel is also a certified Ayurveda health counselor.


Sejal Shah BHMS, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Sejal is Certified Art of Living Instructor and E-RYT® 500, YACEP® through Yoga Alliance and a writer. Having a strong foundation for understanding health, in terms of mind-body-spirit state with her academic training in Homeopathy, Yoga and Ayurveda, she teaches people of all walks of life about healthy living, how to effectively manage their mind and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity and bring greater peace and joy into their lives. She has facilitated more than 15000 hours of programs in mind-body wellness. Her gentle, loving, and authentic approach bring profoundness in her teaching that helps her students to experience the depth of yoga and its relation to life. She has been with Art of Living Foundation since 2009.

She is the former Founder of Wellness and Lifestyle Excellence Center, a member of Yoga Academic Council at Sri Sri University, India, and a research associate with WISE (World Wide Scientific Explorations). 

Recently Dr. Bharti Verma (MA, MD, FCFP) and she worked with American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin to create a yoga journal on “Integrated Medicine – Integrating Ancient Science with Modern Medicine – An Illustrative guide for Physicians”

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The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.


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Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)


The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Date & Time

Starts: May 08, 2019 04:00 PM

Ends: May 12, 2019 01:30 PM


Dr. Sarita Patel & Sejal Shah


18 years and above


Starting at $1,175

Including Lodging, Meals, and Tuition


$240  for students and trainees

$440  for repeaters


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