Living Well: Intensive Retreat For Health Care Professionals

Decreasing Burnout and Increasing Resiliency for Health Care Professionals
Poornima Sharma and Shyam Gannavaram

Boone, North Carolina

June 28 – 30
Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Professional Development & TrainingsProfessional Development & Trainings
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind


Health care professionals are inspired to serve their patients and 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 hands on self care practices that

  • Reduce stress, exhaustion and compassion fatigue
  • Enhance physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being
  • Improve resilience and enrich quality of life
  • Help to navigate the challenges of personal as well as professional life with more tranquility and dynamism resulting into improved performance
  • The program gives HCP also an opportunity to earn 20 CME / CNE credits as provided by joint partnership of Art of Living Foundation with NYU Post-Graduate Medical School and ANCC respectively.


Course Objectives:

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

1. Recognize the connection between body, mind, breath, and Self.
2. Reflect on the tendencies of the mind and recognize how managing the mind can help bring awareness and alleviate stress and burnout.  
3. Relate to the science of breath and breathing techniques as tangible tools to increase energy and reduce stress.                        
4. Identify and optimize the sources of energy to maximize personal well-being.
5. Demonstrate, perform and practice Yoga asana, Breathing techniques, and unique process of “Sudarshan KriyaTM”
6. Practice “Sahaj Samadhi Meditation” and follow the instructions to adhere to daily Meditation practice.
7. Develop practical tools and social skills through reflective interactive processes.
8. Incorporate the course’s knowledge into daily life to create regular self-care practices for life-long benefits.

Course Curriculum:
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 20 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 – 20 CME under the standards of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for MDs.  
MD Participants will receive maximum 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Nurses: CNE Credits – 20 Contact Hours Continuing Educational Credits for Nurses under the standards of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Nurses will receive a maximum of 20 CNE contact hours.

Other HCPs: Certificate of Attendance for all other Health Care Professionals

Participants 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.

Overall Benefits:
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 20 AMA PRA Category 1TM CME credits for MDs and 20 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® and Sahaj Samadhi Meditation can be found at:

Sudarshan Kriya – Science of Breath

Research – on SKY & Sahaj Meditation

Meditation – Now & Then

Living Well Programs


Shyam Bio

Shyam Gannavaram

Dr. Shyam Gannavaram is a certified instructor and faculty with the Art of Living Foundation, an international, non-profit humanitarian & service organization. Shyam teaches foundational programs like the SKY, Happiness, and personal meditation retreats, as well as advanced graduate-level programs like Silent Retreats, Leadership Seminars, Volunteer Trainings, and Teacher Training programs. He is also a E-RYT® 200, through Yoga Alliance, and facilitator for Continuing Medical Education (CME) retreats for healthcare professionals. Having a strong foundation in understanding the human mind, and being adept at tapping into the incredible potential that lies within each of us, he empowers people of all walks of life in healthy living, developing positive communities, becoming leaders and volunteers, and bring greater joy and possibilities into their lives.
A PhD in Electronics, he worked in senior technology roles in several Fortune 500 companies. Since 2001, Shyam has facilitated more than 20,000 hours of stress management and self-empowerment programs for thousands of people in the general public, in universities, for the wellness community, for prison inmates, and in corporate settings across the United States.

Poornima Sharma

Dr. Poornima is a certified yoga instructor and Health Coach with a Ph.D. in Foods & Nutrition and a special focus on obesity, diabetes, and iron deficiency. As a Health Coach, Poornima has had the pleasure of helping individuals from all walks of life take part in empowerment programs that leverage breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation to reduce stress and promote healthier lifestyles. She is also a RYT-200 certified yoga and meditation teacher with the Art of Living and looks forward to helping people focus on eating well, living well, and embracing mindful living to enjoy both positive inner transformations and outer dynamism.

“It gives me immense joy to share the gifts of meditation, breathing practices, yoga, wholesome living and timeless wisdom I have been fortunate to receive; it is extremely rewarding to see how the practices and processes bring such inner transformation & outer dynamism in everyone’s life in such a short time.”

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.



All sessions are mandatory to attend.
Friday, June 28:
3-4 pm: Check-in, Refreshment and Meet and Greet
4-6.30 pm The Secret of the Breath
6.30-7 pm: Dinner
7-7.20 pm: AOLRC orientation
7.30-9 pm: Introduction and Initiation to Sahaj Samadhi Meditation
Saturday, June 29:
6-7.30 am: Morning Walk/Sunrise/Labyrinth Meditation (Weather permitting) or Journaling/Solitude
7.30-8.30 am: Morning Yoga
8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast
9.30 am-1 pm: The Rhythms of Life, Meditation practice
1-1.30 pm: Lunch
1.30-4 pm: Free time*
4-6 pm: Yoga Psychology – Cognitive Behavioral Reframing based on timeless wisdom, Science of Consciousness, and Meditation practice
6.30-7.30 pm: Dinner and Q- A
7.30-8.30 pm: Understanding the scientific basis of practices  
Sunday, June 30:
7-8.30 am: Morning Yoga
8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast
9.30 am-1 pm: A new beginning of self-care routine
1.30-2.30 pm: Lunch and 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.


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.

Distance from Nearest Airport

2 Hours by car without traffic


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.

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.

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