Silent Retreat

Offered Monthly

BOONE, NC

From
$395 Online/$995 On-Campus
Per person; includes lodging, meals, and tuition.
Reviews
4.9/5

Special Online Format

We're bringing our signature programming to you! All the knowledge, interaction, and benefits of our on-campus program in a special online format! Don't miss this opportunity to connect with a like-minded community for support, education, and empowerment—in the comfort of your own home!

ONLY —$395/person.

Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Online ProgramOnline Program
SpiritualSpiritual
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind
Get HappyGet Happy

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. The Silent Retreat provides optimal conditions for sinking deep within and breaking free from our mental chatter. Your entire stay is carefully guided and crafted to give you as relaxing and transformative an experience possible. There’s morning yoga, nature walks in the mountains, delicious plant-based dining, and a supportive atmosphere for your inner journey. It’s no wonder that many course participants refer to it as the ideal vacation for body, mind, and spirit.

Create Big Shifts in Your Life

The Silent Retreat can help you drop limiting beliefs, regrets and worries, and tap into a bigger vision for yourself. 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.

Features

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

Teachers

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 below are Per Person)

Private Hotel Room

$1,395
  • 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)

$1,235
  • 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)

$1,235
  • 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)

$1,075
  • 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

Laurie S.
Program Participant
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Poornima was wonderful, funny, joyful, kind and so knowledgeable. Everyone I encountered was wonderful. The center was breathtaking and welcoming even in the freezing cold.
Jeremy P.
Program Participant
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Amazing teachers. Dedicated, knowledgeable, caring. Great facilitators who share the wisdom with passion and enthusiasm. The faculty at the center were extremely caring and respectful and did whatever they could to help us. The center is amazing and the staff work hard to keep the entire place in its best condition. It's welcoming and the faculty take pride in it.
Jady T.
Program Participant
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Beautiful. Thank you, teachers, volunteers, for beings so exceptionally kind, sharing, loving. such as loving giving wise people. Silence and powerful. Peaceful, so beautiful. Nature that surrounds is so calming.
Ishan P.
Program Participant
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It was better than I could've imagined. -- Heaven in the mountains.
Amogh G.
Program Participant
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It is a great program. Beautiful program. The program and faculty was lovely. -- Beautiful, serene, friendly, magical.
Janet L.
Program Participant
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I appreciate the care and guidance of the Silent Retreat. I highly recommend this. -- This is a wonderful facility. Peaceful. Thank you!
McCalla H.
Program Participant
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Excellent program! Very moving experience. -- Beautiful center.
Becky B.
Program Participant
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Wonderful process; able to carry over in my personal life -- Magical and relaxing.
Shawn S.
Program Participant
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Pure joy -- Perfect for its mission. We will be back!
Leanne B.
Program Participant
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Excellent life-changing.A unique experience. You may come with idea of what is bothering you and you will discover your truths. The best food ever!
Eliza H.
Program Participant
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This was such an incredible experience. I am so grateful to Poornima and her husband.; It was stunning. The staff were wonderfully accommodating and helpful; the space is stunning and the access to nature outstanding.
Grace L.
Program Participant
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Life changing program, amazing, inspiring instructors.
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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
7:30–9:45 pm  The Secret of the Breath

Day 2
7:30–8:30 am Morning Yoga
9:30 am–12:30 pm The Rhythms of Life
3:00–5:00 pm Deepening Our Experience
7:30–9:45 pm Practices to Calm the Chatter in the Mind

Day 3
6:30–8:30 am Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00 am–1:00 pm Step Into the Silent Zone
3:00–6:00 pm Soaking in the Silence
7:30–9:30 pm Wisdom to Deepen Your Silence and Q&A

Day 4
6:30-8:30 am Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00–1:00 pm Guided Meditations
3:00–6:00 Experiencing the Deeper Self
7:30–9:30 pm Withdrawing Energy and Attention from Outer Distractions and Q&A

Day 5
6:30–8:30 am Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00 am–1:00 pm Gradual move out of silence and home going instructions.

 

Testimonials

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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Offered Monthly
From
$395 Online/$995 On-Campus
Per person; includes 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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(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and reminisce on the moments that connected you.
  • Bring a new level of calm and balance to your relationship with a Yoga or Meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast together.
  • Walk or hike one of our beautiful nature trails and reconnect with each other, nature, and oneself.

AFTERNOON

  • Share a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory by taking a workshop or educational class, or create a new experience together with a pottery*, watercolor painting, or cooking class (*additional cost).
  • Reduce tension and stress with a couple’s or individual Ayurveda spa treatment. Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
  • Unwind in the sauna together.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of self-care and spiritual resources or spend time reading in the cafe.