The Happiness Retreat

Weekly
Art of Living Faculty
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$495 Weds–Fri • $595 Fri–Sun
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. 

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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A Retreat in the Mountains

During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails and bask in the fresh mountain air, enjoy a pottery or watercolor painting class, release stress with a therapeutic spa treatment, the choice is yours. (Additional fees may apply.)

Make Your Retreat Extra Special

Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress.
Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older

Important Notice

In order to participate with the group in all sessions of the program, you are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at check-in. This test must have been taken within three (3) days of your arrival at the Center. If you do not provide acceptable documentation, you will be required to participate via Zoom from your room during the daily breathing exercises; you’ll need to bring your own laptop or smartphone to connect to Zoom. 

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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.

Rooms & Pricing for On-Campus Events

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

$695 Weds–Fri | $795 Fri-Sun
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to grounds and facilities, including gym & steam rooms

Private Retreat Room

$615 Weekdays | $715 Weekends
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to grounds and facilities, including gym & steam rooms

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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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 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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Schedule

Day 1
Session 1   7:30–9:45 pm  The Secret of the Breath

Day 2
Session 2  7:30–8:30 am Morning Yoga
Session 3  9:30 am–12:30 pm The Rhythms of Life
Session 4  5:15–6:15 pm Deepening Our Experience

Day 3
Session 5  7:30–8:30 am Morning Yoga
Session 6  9:30 am–1:00 pm New Start: Home Practice

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
To ensure a space, please register for these activities by calling 800-392-6870 prior to your arrival.

Guided Hiking (1 hr) Saturdays only.

Ayurveda Cooking Class $35 (1 hr, additional cost) Thursday & Saturday 
Learn how to best nourish your specific body type and thrive in every season.

Pottery Class $30 (1 hr, additional cost) Saturday Only
Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots.

Mealtimes
7:30–9:30 am Breakfast
12:00–1:30 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00–7:30 pm Dinner

Weekend Courses

Friday 6:30–9:00 pm The Secret of the Breath
Saturday 10:00 am–12:30 pm The Rhythms of Life & Deepening Our Experience
Sunday 10:00 am–12:30 pm New Start: Home Practice

Day 1
Session 1   7:30–9:45 pm  The Secret of the Breath

Day 2
Session 2  7:30–8:30 am Morning Yoga
Session 3  9:30 am–12:30 pm The Rhythms of Life
Session 4  5:15–6:15 pm Deepening Our Experience

Day 3
Session 5  7:30–8:30 am Morning Yoga
Session 6  9:30 am–1:00 pm New Start: Home Practice

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
To ensure a space, please register for  these activities by calling 800-392-6870 prior to your arrival.

Guided Hiking (1 hr) Saturdays Only

Mindful Painting (1 hr, additional cost) $25 Sundays only
Express your creativity through art therapy as you connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting.

Ayurveda Cooking Class $25 (1 hr, additional cost) Thursday & Saturday only
Learn how to best nourish your specific body type and thrive in every season.

Pottery Class $30 (1 hr, additional cost) Thursday to Sunday
Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots.

Mealtimes
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner

Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 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.

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Google Reviews

144 Reviews
4.9/5
–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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"This was a life changing experience!"
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