The Happiness Retreat

Weekly
From
$190 $395
Special Rate to Support You During COVID-19
SAVE MORE: $75 for Previous Program Graduates—must call to register.
144 Google Reviews
5/5
Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Online ProgramOnline Program
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
Retreat Goals
Boost EnergyBoost Energy
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Get HappyGet Happy

Create Lasting Happiness

In today’s racing world, the mind has a tendency to get stuck either in the past or the future. But happiness is here and now. You miss the present moment when you are distracted, regretting yesterday or worried about tomorrow. Yet with practical, self-empowering tools using the breath, we can successfully counter the increasing demands of contemporary life.

During our signature Happiness Retreat, you will find out how to access the present moment and tap into your inner power and freedom—not just as a concept, but as a direct experience. This is the source of abiding happiness.

  • Learn to manage and reduce stress
  • Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
  • Experience relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, and Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Sleep better, longer
  • Less social anxiety
  • More ease in interpersonal relations

Who is this program for?

Our Happiness Retreat has something for everyone, whether you’ve never meditated before or have a life-long practice. Our expert guides teach you practical techniques that can benefit all areas of your life. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Happiness Retreat is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique that uses precise natural rhythms to get you unstuck. 

You’ll master valuable tools and practices that bring more resiliency, better communication, and more ease into your life, as well as receive the support you need to continue your journey—access to our meditation app, monthly reconnection live-streams, and membership to our exclusive Facebook group. 

The Next Best Thing to Being Here

This live-streamed program is just like having a meditation studio right in your backyard! Experience interactive sessions with the same expert faculty you’d find on our campus. There are ample opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, participate in discussion, and connect with fellow participants. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older

Research

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Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY), the key technique of the program, significantly:

  • Reduces levels of stress
  • Supports the immune system
  • Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging [6, 23, 27]
  • Improves amount and quality of deep sleep.

Recently, a group of Yale researchers published a study evaluating classroom wellness training programs incorporating breathing and emotional intelligence strategies. In the study, published in the July 15, 2020, Frontiers of Psychiatry, the Art of Living’s SKY Campus Happiness most beneficial, reporting improvements in six areas of well-being: depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect, and social connectedness. Read the YaleNews article here.

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Already a graduate of the Happiness Program? For a limited time, register for this online offering for only $75! Many people enjoy repeating the program and say they get something new out of it every time. Call 800.392.6870 to reserve your spot today.

Presenters

Art of Living Faculty

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.

Reviews

Life Changing Experience!
Bonnie M., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"Wonderful, genuinely loving instructors. This was a life changing experience!"
Eye-Opening
Happiness Retreat Participant
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"An eye opening experience—very unique. Faculty kept us engaged and answered patiently."
Center Yourself
Saloni S., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"The experience has changed my life, the Art of Living instructor is amazing."
Tools for Living
Maya P., Google Review
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"We came out of the course with so much knowledge and great tools to take into everyday life."
Naturally Relaxing
Terri H., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"The breathing practice and meditation are wonderfully restorative. The Art of Living instructor was delightful and very knowledgeable."
Ready to Take on the World
Renee M., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"The Art of Living instructor was absolutely fantastic. The conversations and practices were healing. Leaves you ready to take on the world."
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Online Program FAQs

Retreat Cancellation Policy

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program. 
 
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 the date of issue.

No credit or refund will be given if you cancel on the program start date, if you do not show up, or if you do not complete the program. No refund will be given 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.

Your program is hosted on Zoom. In order to participate, you will need one of the following:

  • Computer: Windows or Mac computer with speakers and a microphone. (Note: Webcams are recommended but not required.)
  • Mobile Device: iOS or Android 
  • Phone: mobile, desk or landline.

You can find out more about using Zoom here. 

Once you register and reserve your spot, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions on how to access the online sessions. If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to reach us at 800-392-6870.

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Schedule

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.

Schedule (Friday–Sunday)

Friday 6:30–9:00 pm EST
Saturday 10:00 am–12:30 pm EST
Sunday 10:00 am–12:30 pm EST

Schedule (Saturday–Monday)

Saturday 3:00–5:30 pm EST
Sunday 3:00–5:30 pm EST
Monday 6:30–9:30 pm EST

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Google Reviews

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–Claude H.
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By the time the course was done, I felt lighter at heart and in mind. I recommend this to anyone and everyone looking to find their inner peace.
–Maya M.
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"We came out of the course with so much knowledge and great tools to take into everyday life."
- Rob H.
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"The techniques I learned here have literally transformed my life."
- Lisa L.
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The programs are simply and beautifully life changing. Don't miss your chance to live life with joy and fullness.
- Bonnie M.
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