A Journey into Mindfulness and Meditation

You’ve heard the phrase before, “Where your attention goes, energy flows.” But why is that? Your attention is a powerful currency, after all you pay attention. Unfortunately, most people don’t recognize the enormous power their attention offers and its ability to effect and transform all areas of their life.

Explore the power of your attention at this intimate retreat with meditation expert and Hay House author of The Power of Attention, Sarah McLean. Your attention is what Sarah calls your superpower: it’s the most important ingredient for living a powerful, purposeful, love-filled life.  Discover how mindfulness and deep meditation awaken you to who you really are.

With eye-opening exercises, and transformative practices, you’ll develop a whole new appreciation for your attention as you:

  • Cultivate the direct experience of the source of your attention with self-inquiry exercises and dive into meditations to discover why your attention is a “currency of love.”
  • Explore how to mindfully communicate. Listen with your full attention, and speak mindfully and from the heart.
  • Expertly manage and reclaim your attention to deliberately determine where, how, to whom, and on what you want to pay it as you avert the distractions that abound in our fast-paced, device-laden culture.
  • Wisely use the power of your attention to connect with and enliven what really matters to you such as your relationships, your passions, your projects, your health, your career, and your environment.
  • Enhance your ability to be more present, self-aware, and focused with mindfulness practices such as mindful eating, monotasking, and mindful walking.

Each one of us has the ability to take advantage of our innate superpower and reclaim the ability to pay attention on purpose. When you do, you can turn your attention inward and wake up to the source of it: love. This is not only the source of your attention, it is the force that forges connections, wakes you up to your purpose, and creates a fulfilling life.

Items to bring: Casual and comfortable clothes, a journal and a pen, your favorite water bottle, a meditation shawl if you like to use one and your open heart and mind.

You will receive a complimentary copy of The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and its Unlimited Potential with Meditation

CE Credits available.

Open to all – beginners and experienced meditation practitioners welcome.

About the Teacher

Hay House author Sarah McLean is an American Transcendentalist and inspiring and insightful meditation expert based in Sedona, Arizona. With kindness and humor, Sarah shares secrets to successful meditation and how the meditation path can lead to self-compassion, clear communication, and a more peaceful and powerful life. She has been teaching people to meditate for over 20 years.

Sarah first learned about meditation while in the U.S. Army training as a Behavioral Specialist to help soldiers address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. After the Army and college, Sarah took a nine-month mountain bike journey from Europe to Asia seeking secrets to peace and fulfillment. When she returned, she began her daily meditation practice and studied mind/body health with Dr. Deepak Chopra. She worked with him as the Program Director for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California. After eight years, Sarah took a sabbatical to seek the origins of meditation. She lived in a traditional ashram in South India for six months and was a two-year resident at a remote Zen Buddhist monastery. In 2001, she settled in Sedona, Arizona and founded the McLean Meditation Institute and offers meditation and mindfulness classes and weekend retreats. She’s also the director of the Meditation Teacher Academy with offices in Sedona and County Cork Ireland – a 200-hour teacher training program which trains meditation and mindfulness teachers around the globe.

Sarah is a popular speaker and has facilitated programs for the Chopra Center, Esalen Institute, Miraval, and offers retreats at many world-class destination. Her teachings are endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, India Arie, and a myriad of other contemporary figures. She’s also the best-selling author of the books, Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation and, The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and Its Unlimited Potential with Meditation. She’s been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Prevention Magazine, the Guardian, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and CNN. More

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 shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, 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.


The Power of Attention: Awakening to the Love that Lives Through You
March 14 th -17 th , 2019

Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Arrival Day 7:30-9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am-12:30 pm; 2:00-4:00 pm
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:

Arrival Day
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

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

Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in

Directions for Printing
Download a print file of the directions


The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

A warning about using GPS!

We do not recommend using your GPS for driving directions, as many roads are incorrectly marked in the navigation system and inputting our address will take you on a wild ride. Instead, we recommend using Google maps (above). Many prefer to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway route only May through October since the road closes often in winter.


Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC (100 miles).
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN (80 miles)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC (110 miles)


The Hickory Hop shuttle goes from Charlotte airport to Boone five times daily. The cost is $90 per person. Please mention you are going to the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. Reservations are required, so please book ahead by contacting them directly. (828) 327-2340

Car Rental

Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, National and Budget all offer car rentals at Charlotte airport. Please contact the rental company directly for pricing.
Uber: Uber has arrived in Boone. It is often possible to take an Uber from Charlotte airport all the way to the center’s reception. This is a very cost-effective option when traveling with friends or family.

Public Bus

The Mountaineer Express goes from Boone to Charlotte at 9:25am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6pm daily. Please check their schedule for current timings. To reach the Charlotte bus stop, you can take the Cat5 airport express. Once you arrive in Boone, you can take an Uber to the center.

Date & Time

Starts: Mar 14, 2019 03:00 PM

Ends: Mar 17, 2019 01:00 PM


Sarah McLean


Program tuition: $350.00

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive lodging and meals.

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