Mindful asana practice, chanting mantra, and becoming aware of the effects of planetary positions on our energetic environment all contribute to our ability to be a part of making this world a better place, for ourselves, and everyone else.
Add the effect of natural breathtaking views from the Blue Ridge mountain peak at the Art of Living Retreat Center, and bliss is guaranteed.
“Graced”, a nationally touring kirtan band featuring Rick Franz, Lindsey DePeri, and percussionist Steve Prince brings exciting, dynamic, jazzy funkiness to traditional mantra practice. Shannon Dievendorf, owner of Rebel Yoga in Oak Island NC will lead the daily asana practice.
Rick tells colorful stories of Hindu deities, and along with interpretations, meditations and introspection he brings this ancient practice to a truly personal and poignant level for participants.
Lindsey avidly studies and teaches western astrology influenced by her background as a yoga teacher and with a focus on the soul’s evolutionary journey. She explores the characteristics of the rebel spirit in each of us through astrological archetypes and provides spiritual context to key life passages.
Shannon Dievendorf (owner: Rebel Soul Yoga in Oak Island, NC.) is a sparkler! Five years in addiction recovery, she serves as an example of what’s possible when you choose to get healed and whole again. Her hatha yoga classes are well connected, focus on breath awareness and self love.
This inspiring team of teachers will lead you on an energetic journey into the soul using Bhakti Yoga, Mantra, Music, Yoga Asana, Meditation and Astrology.
With practical workshops, group discussion, guided meditation, kirtan, yoga classes and storytelling you will:
•Learn about Western Astrology and Hindu lore, and how the concepts and philosophies of each can draw you towards a more insightful understanding of yourself
•Explore archetypal themes — including the characteristics of the rebel spirit — and their relationship with astrological influences
•Feel the power of group chanting during kirtan, and discover the myths that accompany Sanskrit mantras
•Experience the spiritually energizing effects of Cacao and rituals of gratitude
•Balance body and mind with yoga practice
You will go home with a profound sense of grounded relaxation and the inspiration to carry this experience into your daily life.
Open to all
Rick Franz is a professional musician who has been playing and touring with globally renowned kirtan leaders for over two decades. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and draws his background in the healing arts and Hindu lore into his musical work — with an eclectic and deeply spiritual musical style.
Lindsey DePeri is a yoga teacher with a particular focus on the study and teaching of Western Astrology. She shares empowering insights through her teachings and gives guidance and coaching to clients around the world, with a focus on the soul’s evolutionary journey. She tours with Rick as Graced, a kirtan duo.
Shannon Dievendorf began her yoga journey in 2013 and soon realized that the physical and spiritual benefits extended far further than she’d first thought. She soon opened Rebel Soul Yoga in Oak Island, NC. Her hatha yoga classes focus on breath awareness, self love and connection.
Rooms & Pricing
All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out.
Private Hotel Room
The private hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, a private bath and complimentary wifi.
Shared Hotel Room (2 People)
The shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.
Private Retreat Room
The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.
Shared Retreat Room (2 People)
The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.
Shared Retreat Room (3 People)
The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you.
Nurturing Your Rebel Spirit: A Bhakti Yoga Experience
June 6th-9th, 2019
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Arrival Day 8:00-9:30 pm (Bonfire)
Daily 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm; 8:00-10:00 pm (Bonfire on Saturday, June 8th)
Departure Day 9:00-11:00 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)
General Guest Information
We hope you enjoy your stay with us at the Art of Living Retreat Center. While here, we invite you to immerse in the quiet peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains and connect with yourself. Apart from the activities in your program schedule, there are also opportunities to join daily yoga and meditation classes, restorative Ayurvedic spa treatments, guided hiking trails, pottery classes, evening Kirtans, the outdoor labyrinth or the weekly Bonfire. Here are more details for your stay:
3:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, but if you arrive early we will hold luggage at Reception.
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)
7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall) During Program Dates only
9:45-10:45 am/4:15-5:15 pm Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) Saturdays and Sundays only
2:00-3:15 pm Property Tour (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
1:30-2:30 pm/3:00-4:00 pm Guided Nature Walk (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
5:30-6:00 pm Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)
8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only
Optional Saturday Activities
Guided Nature Walk
1:30-2:30pm or 3-4pm
2-3pm, 3-4pm or 4-5pm
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner
Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.
Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt. Clay pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an appointment.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607
Distance from Nearest Airport
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.
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.