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The Silent Retreat

The Silent Retreat

Stepping Into Silence

Offered Weekly
638 Google Reviews
Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Must Be 18+Must Be 18+
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Get HappyGet Happy

Create Big Shifts in Your Life

Our Silent Retreats can help you drop limiting beliefs, regrets and worries, and tap into a bigger vision for yourself. Whether you are just beginning your meditation journey, or hoping to go deeper into the practice, these few days make the rest of your year more alive, productive, and full of energy. When you emerge, you feel recharged and refreshed, ready to take on all your responsibilities with greater focus and joy. You’ll return to your life more grounded, more centered, more wise—filled with a joy that is unshaken by outer circumstances.
  • Reduced stress
  • Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
  • Higher focus and improved life-work balance
  • Better and longer deep sleep
  • Connect more deeply and easily with others

A Profound Spiritual Immersion

Have you noticed the amount of noise surrounding you every day? Phones, television, news, conversations, traffic, and office machines, just to name some of the things responsible for all the sound pollution. Add to that all the internal noise—stress from work, personal relationships, responsibilities, that stream of consciousness in your head thinking about an interaction you had in a meeting ten minutes ago, a disagreement with your partner ten days ago, a bad financial decision you made ten years ago! You try to silence all this noise only to find your monkey mind—the “fun friend” that has you spinning out of control when you’re just trying to quiet your thoughts—gets louder.

Our signature Silent Retreat integrates our renowned Happiness Retreat and several days of silent contemplation with unique guided meditations, yoga, and advanced breathing techniques.

A Structured Retreat

While other retreats may leave you to your own devices to find some silence amidst a quiet atmosphere, many people find quieting their own minds is the bigger challenge. These Art of Living programs provide optimal conditions for sinking deep within and breaking free from mental chatter. Your experience is carefully guided and crafted to give you a relaxing, supportive, and transformative atmosphere for your inner journey. It’s no wonder that many course participants refer to it as the ideal retreat for body, mind, and spirit.

You’ll not only gain valuable tools and practices that bring more resiliency, better communication, and more ease into your life, you’ll 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. 


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

  • Reduces levels of stress
  • Supports the immune system
  • Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Clears stress at the physical, mental, and emotional levels, relaxing the nervous system to reduce insomnia and enable quality sleep
  • Increases levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging. [6, 23, 27]

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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Additional Program Information

  • Prerequisite

    Must be age 18 or over.

  • Includes

    • Daily Yoga
    • Daily Meditation
    • Wisdom Tools and Techniques
    • Learning Sudarshan Kriya (SKY) and its benefits
    • Contemplative Silence
    • Mindful Guided Meditations
    • Experience the 7-Levels of Your Existence
    • Access to AOL Meditation App
    • Membership to Our Exclusive Facebook Group

  • Who is it for?

    For those who have not taken the Happiness Program, an Art of Living Course, YESPlus, or SKY Breath meditation workshop and would like to learn the tools and techniques to begin a meditation practice and experience the power of silence—gentle, light, and easy.

  • The Silent Component

    You'll spend the first full day of the program learning breathing techniques and other tools to manage and calm the mind, which includes talking processes. You'll enter into silence after dinner on day two. You'll have ample opportunities for questions during designated talking periods.

Program Schedule

Please note, because we want to ensure you get the full experience, attending all of these sessions is important, so make your travel plans accordingly.

Day 1

7:30–9:30 pm  The Secret of the Breath

Day 2
7:30–8:30 am  Morning Yoga
10:00 am–12:30 pm  The Rhythms of Life
3:00–5:00 pm  Deepening Our Experience
7:30–8:30 pm  Practices to Calm the Chatter in the Mind

Day 3
7:30–8:30 am  Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00 am–12:30 pm  Step Into the Silent Zone
3:00–5:00 pm Soaking in the Silence
7:30–8:30 pm  Wisdom to Deepen Your Silence and Q&A

Day 4  
7:30–8:30 am  Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00 am–12:30 pm  Guided Meditations
3:00–5:00 pm Experiencing the Deeper Self
7:30–8:30 pm  Understanding the Modes/Tendencies of the Mind and Q&A

Day 5
7:30–8:30 am  Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00 am–1:00 pm  Gradual move out of silence and returning home instructions.

  • Charlotte (CLT) is the closest airport to fly into.
  • From CLT to Boone is a 2-hour ride; book your travel accordingly.
  • Check-in is 4:00 pm on the day your program starts; dinner is included on this day.
  • The program ends at 1:00 pm on the last day. Lunch is included on your final day. Book your return flight anytime from 5:00 pm onward, keeping the commute and course sessions in mind.

Options for Transportation between CLT and AOLRC

NamePhone No.Website
Hickory Hop Shuttle ServiceMUST BOOK ONLINEhickoryhop.com
High Country Limo828.898.9595highcountrylimo.com
High Country Black Car828.387.1977highcountryblackcarservice.com
Oscar’s Car Service704.965.5800 
Edwardo’s Car Service704.949.6775 
Blue Bird Transportation828.989.7286Blue Bird of Boone
Abby Cab828.475.2988abbycab.com
Uber or LyftBook on the app on arrival. 



Art of Living Retreat Center

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

Private Hotel Room


per person + tax

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of checkout. (Rates below are per person.)


  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)


per person + tax

  • Twin beds
  • Flat screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms