Meditation Retreat

Twice Monthly

BOONE, NC

From
$495
Weekday programs start at $495 & weekend programs at $595, including lodging, meals, and tuition
Reviews
4.9/5
Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Relieve stressRelieve stress

Calm body and mind—effortlessly.

Do you wonder what prevents you from living each moment fully and with joy? Do you often feel that your mind is too busy, too tired or too overwhelmed by thoughts? Is that “monkey mind” causing insomnia, anger, depression, physical tension, or any of the other hosts of symptoms and diseases related to anxiety and chronic stress? The simple, powerful technique of meditation can effortlessly calm the mind, boost immunity, and decrease the physical and psychological stressors you’re experiencing.

Create a Lifelong Habit

Anyone can learn to meditate. The key to success is a powerful technique, experienced guidance, and practice. Our signature Meditation Retreat offers all of this—and more. You’ll work with an experienced teacher to learn a technique you can easily use at home (or any where you may be, at any time), and receive individual guidance during those critical first few days of practice. You’ll learn to

  • Slow down, rest, and get centered
  • Recharge your energy and enthusiasm
  • Build resilience and use tools to deal with bad times
  • Tune in to your true self and life purpose.

Connect to the Source

In Sanskrit, Sahaj means effortless. Samadhi is meditation—a natural state beyond waking, sleeping, and dreaming that is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence and creative power and a place of infinite peace and tranquility. The practice of Sahaj Samadhi meditation brings these qualities of increased energy, clarity, joy, and deep inner peace into our daily experience.

People aged 16 years and above and of all backgrounds all ethnicities can learn Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, and become fully proficient with just a few hours of training. The benefits are rapid, tangible, and cumulative, and the practice itself is relaxing and enjoyable.

Research

meditation statisticsSahaj Researchers from Western University Department of Psychiatry won the top award from 17th World Psychiatry Congress in Berlin. Learn more about this award and Sahaj Samadhi Meditation research.

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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. Learn more about this detoxifying massage and other Shankara Ayurveda Spa treatments here.
Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older

Presenters

Art of Living

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

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. Rates 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

Suzanne M.
Program Participant
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This is my 7th retreat here & it was amazing. The instructors were inspiring! AofL has saved my life. It feels like coming home every time I come back.
Carsten L.
Program Participant
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Very clear that the faculty is passionate about what they are doing and helping people. Beautiful, peaceful location in the mountains.
Lorrin F.
Program Participant
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This was my introduction to meditation. It was very easy to understand and practice. The teachers were compassionate and instructive without showing any judgment. Absolutely gorgeous area and accomodations. Food was delicious. Setting engenders peace.
Diane Y.
Program Participant
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Both instructors and the program were highly effective for me and I am inspired to make this change in my life. Very peaceful, clean and happy place. I have been here once before and will happily return.
Sarah C.
Program Participant
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Very well presented- great communicators felt comfortable participating. Very beautiful- food was delicious. Grounds well cared for. Thank you!
Kelly G.
Program Participant
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I learned a lot from this program. Our instructor was knowledgeable and program length was good for a weekend retreat. Beautiful center!
Michelle L.
Program Participant
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Faculty were fantastic—thorough & supportive. Program [was] easy to follow; Lots of "Aha" moments. Gorgeous facility. Amazing food. Great atmosphere to relax & unwind.
Kristin M.
Program Participant
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Fantastic, knowledgeable, kind, patient, thorough. Beautiful location, clean lodging, friendly staff, good food, fantastic program/teachers.
Alandra M.
Program Participant
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I thoroughly enjoyed the faculty and the curriculum. The faculty were extremely well versed in the practice and expert at presenting the material. Very relaxing and enjoyable. The rooms were fantastic as well as the food.
Kristin O.
Program Participant
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Program was very peaceful and helpful, especially since I had no experience meditating. It was better than expected for a beginner. The center was comfortable. Food was great. I enjoyed my stay.
Crystal M.
Program Participant
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Great job explaining how to meditate in this way, with easily useful tips for after I get home. Beautiful location, inspirational setting, great food, great programs.
Gunjan H.
Program Participant
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Experienced a heart felt program that gently guided me in going deeper into my meditation practice. Thank you!; The AOL Center is BEAUTIFUL, calming and wonderful. My accommodations were very nice.
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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.

Schedule

Day 1

4:00 pm  Check-in
6:00–7:00 pm  Dinner
7:30—9:00 pm  The Secret of Meditation: Get Your Personal Mantra

Day 2

7:30–8:30 am  All-levels yoga
8:30–9:30 am  Breakfast
10:30 am–12:30 pm  Thoughts in Meditation and How to Manage Them
12:30–2:00 pm  Lunch
2:00–5:00 pm  Free Time
5:15–6:00 pm  Deepening Our Experience
6:00–7:30 pm  Dinner
7:30–8:15 pm  Optional Kirtan—Meditative Chant

Day 3

7:30–8:30 am  All-levels yoga
8:30–9:30 am  Breakfast
Checkout is at 11:00 am; please vacate room and return keys before the start of the final session.
10:30 am–12:30 pm  New Start: Home Practice
12:30–2:00 pm  Lunch (included on your last day)

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.

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

Twice Monthly
From
$495
Weekday programs start at $495 & weekend programs at $595, including lodging, meals, and tuition
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Art of Living Retreat Center

Google Reviews

124 Reviews
4.9/5
- Leslie E.
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"If you want to relax, recharge, and find yourself again, this is the place!"
- Vasily T.
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"A magnificent place for a refreshing retreat. So peaceful and close to nature as it can be."
- Becca N.
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"Excellent food, spa, tons of activities outside of program warm environment for growth Thank you!"
- Rob H.
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"The techniques I learned here have literally transformed my life."
- Michelle L.
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"Excellent program, beautiful surroundings. Wonderful setting for deep connection & reset."
- Dan V.
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"I did not know what to expect. I am very pleased with what I have learned and excited to bring back home."
- Bonnie M.
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"Beautiful grounds with wonderful, genuinely loving instructors. This was a life changing experience!"
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