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 three cornerstone techniques—Sudarshan Kriya, 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, 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-hour 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.
Who Should Attend
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.
CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
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:
Art of Living faculty are teachers from all over the world who integrate their passion for teaching with a dedication to service of others. Inspired by their own personal experiences of transformation and joy, our teachers blend ancient, timeless wisdom with contemporary approaches to well-being to bring you a heart-based approach rooted in the authentic, effective techniques of Ayurveda, meditation, and breathwork—the very best of health and wellness.
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.)
All sessions are mandatory to attend.
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
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
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
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
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 booking pottery and spa treatments in advance to avoid any disappointments.
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
On-Campus Program FAQs
For room reservations, Ayurveda Wellness Retreats, and Art of Living Retreat Center (AOLRC) signature retreats, we have the following cancellation policy:
- Refunds are available (less a $50/per person processing fee) up to 15 days before your program or stay.
- Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50/per person processing fee) is available if you give notice between 14 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.
Unless otherwise indicated, our programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older.
To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guests 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.
We do have lodging and event venues that are ADA-compliant. Due to the topography of our mountain campus, some are easier to access than others, so please speak to Guest Services (800.392.6870) prior to registering to ensure we can best accommodate your needs. We also have shuttles that run frequently throughout the campus.
We are committed to the safety of our guests and staff. Our mountaintop location and the surrounding areas are spacious, remote, safe, and secure.
- It is safe to leave your windows open—and necessary for proper airflow!
- Nature surrounds our campus, and it’s common to see rabbits, deer, gophers, wild turkeys, and other small animals. Please give them space, and they’ll do the same for you. We’ve never had a safety incident with animals on campus.
You can help!
- If you come across an animal on campus or a trail, give it space, and please do not attempt to pet or feed it.
- There’s no need to bring valuables to the retreat center; leaving them at home is best.