The Happiness Retreat

Weekly

BOONE, NC

From
$495
Weekday programs start at $495 & weekend programs at $595, including lodging, meals, and tuition
124 Google Reviews
4.9/5
Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
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.

  • Reduced stress
  • Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
  • Less social anxiety
  • More ease in interpersonal relations

In the Happiness Retreat, you will learn to master practical techniques that can benefit you for the rest 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 will also learn a form of this practice that you can continue at home for further growth.

A Retreat in the Mountains

During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails, enjoy a free pottery class, release stress with a spa therapy or bask in the fresh mountain air, the choice is yours.

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

Research

Sudarshan Kriya research

Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya, 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]

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Features

Speaker

Art of Living

Art of Living Faculty

Art of Living faculty combine their passion for teaching with years of ongoing practice and volunteering in the service of others. Inspired by their own personal experiences of transformation and joy, teachers around the world (in over 150 countries!) have been sharing Art of Living’s signature practices and insights into the human mind for over 35 years. They center on personal development from a holistic angle — looking at how the body, the breath, and the mind all work together to create inner peace and higher energy. Blending ancient, timeless wisdom with contemporary approaches to well-being to bring you the very best in health and wellness. What sets Art of Living teachers apart? A commitment to ongoing growth coupled with a heart-based approach rooted in authentic, effective techniques of meditation and breathwork.

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

$685 (Wed-Fri) / $785 (Fri-Sun)
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$575 (Wed-Fri) / $675 (Fri-Sun)
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

One other person of the same gender will share the room with you**

Private Retreat Room

$615 (Wed-Fri) / $715 (Fri-Sun)
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$535 (Wed-Fri) / $635 (Fri-Sun)
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

One other person of the same gender will share the room with you**

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$495 (Wed-Fri) / $595 (Fri-Sun)
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you**

Reviews

Tranquility and Peace Within
Arabinda M., Google Review
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"Amazing retreat where you can live with nature and within yourself with tranquility and peace and good, nourishing, organic food."
Much More Than I’d Hoped For
Deborah D., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"Superb. It was everything I had hoped for and so much more. Stunning views. immaculate, excellent food. Wonderful people."
I Feel so Good
Jan F., Google Review
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"Wonderful experience. Yoga and meditation classes were great—I feel so good. The food was absolutely outstanding!"
Energy is Wonderful
Matthew C., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"Great knowledge, food and people. Amazing place/location, food was great and the general kindness/ energy is wonderful. I’ll be back."
What are you waiting for?
Rachel F., Google Review
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"The meals are DELICIOUS. the landscape is STUNNING. The workshops are very high-quality. I cannot say more than: What are you waiting for??? Go! It is true bliss. A sanctuary."
Life Changing Experience!
Bonnie M., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"Beautiful grounds with wonderful, genuinely loving instructors. This was a life changing experience!"
Love Coming Here!
Deepti V., Google Review
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"There is happiness on this place. Whenever I am here I am happy for no reason. Just love coming here again and again."
Eye-Opening
Happiness Retreat Participant
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"An eye opening experience—very unique. Faculty kept us engaged and answered patiently. Location brings about a stillness & calm. Center is simple & utilitarian, deepening the experience."
Center Yourself
Saloni S., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"The experience has changed my life, the Art of Living instructor is amazing. The center is exactly what you need to center yourself."
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. The views and natural environment are naturally relaxing. They alone made the visit worthwhile."
Exactly what I needed
Kristin A., Happiness Retreat Participant
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"Exactly what I was looking for and needed. Beautiful calm unique with a very talented staff. I loved my stay! "
Mind-blowing
Pooja G., Google Review
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"It's a mind-blowing place. The location is very accessible, beautiful, serene and calm. Food served is simply delicious."
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. Beautiful space, leaves you ready to take on the world."
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FAQs

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.

Happiness Retreat 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 the 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.
 
If a participant attends no sessions of the course, the course registration and full course fee can be transferred to another course of the same course type within 60 days after the end of the course originally registered for. If a participant is unable to finish the course s/he can take another course of the same course type for no additional fee.

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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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 pm New Start: Home Practice

Optional Saturday Activities
Guided Nature Walk
1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm
Pottery Class

2-3pm, 3-4pm or 4-5pm

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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