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Relax & Renew

at The Art of Living Retreat Center

Atop North Carolina’s majestic Blue Ridge mountain range, the whispers of nature beckon you to reconnect with the stillness of your soul while the beauty of our Center invites your mind and body to take refuge in an invigorating experience that relaxes, renews and restores.

Wherever you may be on your personal path to wellness and discovery, this R&R program has something for you. We have designed the courses and activities straight from the heart, with a balanced blend of movement and stillness, silence and sound, play and rest, engagement and introspection.

Whether you are joining us for five days or simply dropping in for a class or two, each breath will guide you from moment to moment and leave you feeling nurtured in body, mind, and spirit.

  • Time
  • Activity
  • Description
  • Location

  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ayurveda Cooking
  • Join our talented Ayurveda cooking experts and savor the flavor of the world’s oldest natural healthcare system.
  • Tulsi Kitchen

  • 4:15 – 5:15 pm
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body.
  • Sattva Studio

  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Dinner
  • Enjoy a delicious and nutritious dinner.
  • Dining Hall

  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Satsang
  • Increase your awareness and let your soul soar as you gather to reflect, honor and celebrate through meditative chanting/Kirtan.
  • Gita Hall
  • Time
  • Activity
  • Description
  • Location

  • 7:30 – 9:30 am
  • Breakfast
  • Start your morning with a delicious whole-foods meal.
  • Dining Hall

  • 9:45 – 10:45 am
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio
  •  

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm
  • Mind & Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Sattva Studio

  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Lunch
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • Dining Hall

  • 4:15 – 5:15 pm
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body.
  • Sattva Studio

  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Dinner
  • Nourish your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Dining Hall

  • 7:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Guest Orientation
  • Get to know more about our center, its unique location, your surroundings, and all of the amenities and activities available to you.
  • Dining Hall

  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Satsang
  • Increase your awareness and let your soul soar as you gather to reflect, honor, and celebrate through meditative chanting/Kirtan.
  • Gita Hall
  • Time
  • Activity
  • Description
  • Location

  • 7:30 – 9:30 am
  • Breakfast
  • Start your day with a wholesome breakfast.
  • Dining Hall

  • 7:30 – 8:30am
  • Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Gita Hall

  • 9:45 – 10:45 am
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm
  • Mind & Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Sattva Studio

  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Lunch
  • Refuel your body with a tasty and healthy lunch.
  • Dining Hall

  • 1:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Restorative meditation guides you into conscious awareness of each part of the body for deep and effortless relaxation.
  • Sattva Studio

  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Guided Nature Walk
  • Majestic sights and clean mountain air await you on our many trails that meander through 380 acres of forested mountain.
  • Main Reception

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Property Tour
  • Explore our beautiful center and serene campus while connecting with nature, each other, and oneself.
  • Main Reception

  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Ayurveda Cooking
  • Join our talented Ayurveda cooking experts and savor the flavor of the world’s oldest natural healthcare system.
  • Tulsi Kitchen

  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Guided Nature Walk
  • Majestic sights and clean mountain air await you on our many trails that meander through 380 acres of forested mountain.
  • Main Reception

  • 4:15 – 5:15 pm
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body.
  • Sattva Studio

  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Dinner
  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over dinner in the Dining Hall.
  • Dining Hall

  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Satsang
  • Increase your awareness and let your soul soar as you gather to reflect, honor, and celebrate through meditative chanting/Kirtan.
  • Gita Hall

  • 8:30 – 10:30 pm
  • Bonfire
  • Come sing or chat as we close the day with a fire circle under the stars. (Weather permitting.)
  • Labyrinth
  • Time
  • Activity
  • Description
  • Location

  • 7:30 – 8:30 am
  • Breakfast
  • Energize for the day with a nutrient-rich breakfast.
  • Dining Hall

  • 7:30 – 8:30am
  • Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Gita Hall

  • 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Mindfulness Painting
  • Express your creativity through art therapy as you connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting.
  • Clay Studio

  • 9:45 – 10:45 am
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm
  • Mind & Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Sattva Studio
  • Time
  • Activity
  • Description
  • Location

  • 7:30 – 8:30 am
  • Breakfast
  • Energize for the day with a nutrient-rich breakfast.
  • Dining Hall

  • 9:30 – 11:00am
  • R&R Highest/Best Life
  • Description Here
  • Lila Learning Room

  • 9:45 – 10:45 am
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm
  • Mind & Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Sattva Studio

  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Lunch
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  •  
  • Dining Hall
  • Time
  • Activity
  • Description
  • Location

  • 7:30 – 8:30 am
  • Breakfast
  • Energize for the day with a nutrient-rich breakfast.
  • Dining Hall

  • 9:45 – 10:45am
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Gita Hall

  • 11:00 – 11:50 am
  • Mind & Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Satvva Studio

  • 4:15 – 5:15 pm
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Sattva Studio
  • Time
  • Activity
  • Description
  • Location

  • 7:30 – 8:30 am
  • Breakfast
  • Energize for the day with a nutrient-rich breakfast.
  • Dining Hall

  • 9:45 – 10:45am
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Gita Hall

  • 11:00 – 11:50 am
  • Mind & Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Satvva Studio

  • 4:15 – 5:15 pm
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Cultivate presence and harmonize the mind, body and spirit through this ancient holistic practice. (Suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners.)
  • Sattva Studio

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Meditation
  • Journey from movement to stillness and sound to silence with guided meditations that offer deep rest for the mind and body, accompanied by Q&A.
  • Sattva Studio

Amenities & Activities

Whether you prefer to decompress alone or break away with a family member, friend, or group, our mission is to nurture your mind, body, and spirit back to their natural state of vitality—and our R&R experiences make it easy, light, and enjoyable.

Your retreat includes access to a variety of life-enhancing workshops, classes and indoor and outdoor recreational activities that reduce stress, increase mental focus, revive your senses and strengthen your overall well-being.

Pick the options that most resonate with you or do them all and find out why our retreats are rated among the very best in the nation. Retreat advisors are also available to help you create a personalized getaway based on your goals and preferences.

Guest Rooms

Serenity and relaxation await you in our warm and inviting guest rooms. Choose a private or shared space and personalize your stay with a room type that meets your needs. All of our comfortable rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms. Options are below.

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Hotel Rooms

Starting at $195 + tax per week night for single occupancy/

$162 + tax for double occupancy. Or

$235 + tax per weekend night for single occupancy/

$188 + tax for double occupancy.

Located on a mountain ridge, these rooms offer incredible vistas of either the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains or the quiet magic of the forest.

  • Full, Queen, or King Beds
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Fridge, Television, and Writing Desk
  • Free Wi-Fi

Retreat Rooms

Starting at $169 + tax per week night for single occupancy/

$145 + tax for double occupancy/$131 + tax for triple occupancy. Or 

$189 + tax per weekend night for single occupancy/

$158 + tax for double occupancy/$140 + tax for triple occupancy.

Comfortable and simple, these rooms are a great option for those who desire peace and clarity, accompanied by the music of the forest.

  • Twin beds
  • Private bathrooms
  • Forest views
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food for Mind, Body, and Soul

Freshly prepared and served in our bright and spacious main dining hall—which boasts breathtaking views of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains—your R&R retreat includes three daily delicious and healthy meals.

Drawing on influences from the local harvest in Boone to Bombay and even the Caribbean, our chefs aim to please the palate with vegetarian nourishment made from fresh, seasonal ingredients designed to energize and nourish all body types. We offer many meat-free and vegan options, however, some portions of our meals do contain dairy. We cater to any gluten, dairy, soy, and nut-related allergies and list allergens and ingredients on our menus.

We grow a variety of our very own fresh and delicious fruits, vegetables, and flowers on site. Our garden is as much a place for nourishment of the soul as it is a place of nourishment for the body. Many staff, volunteers, and journeyers regularly walk the paths.

Shankara Ayurveda Wellness

Shankara, our Ayurveda Spa, is a premier destination for holistic wellness and rated one of the best by many national publications, including Organic Spa, SpaFinder, and more.

Choose from the widest selection of award-winning Ayurvedic treatments in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.

Whether you’re an Ayurveda aficionado or brand new to the practice, and your soul is calling for detoxification, relaxation, rejuvenation or all of the above, the support and care you will receive at our Ayurveda Spa is unparalleled.

Browse the treatments below to learn more about Ayurveda’s proven power to bring you into an open, blissful, and restored state. (*Additional fees apply. Prices and availability vary. Advanced reservations recommended.)

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Weekend of Creativity​

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Walk our beautiful labyrinth or hike one of our scenic nature trails and reconnect with your inner self.
  • Express your creativity and have some fun playing with and shaping clay in your pottery class.

AFTERNOON

  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class or get clever on the canvas in a painting class.
  • Unwind with a relaxing spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the sauna.

EVENING

  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Nourish your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Restart Getaway

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Savor a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.
  • Rest, replenish and rejuvenate with Abhyanga therapy—a detoxifying warm oil Ayurveda massage that incorporates warm, aromatic oils, rhythmically massaged into your body, cleansing, relaxing, and re-energizing the body and mind.

AFTERNOON

  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • Connect with nature while hiking or walking one of our many breathtaking mountain trails.
  • Return to the spa for a Basti session to rejuvenate your joints! Stiff joints are bathed in warm medicated oil and massaged to deepen the therapeutic effects that increase lubrication and promote smooth flexibility and mobility.

EVENING

  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or kitchen.
  • Refuel your body with a tasty and healthy dinner.

Restore Getaway

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
  • Sow a new level of calm and balance into your life with a Yoga or meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Cleanse your soul with a leisurely walk on one of our beautiful nature trails.

AFTERNOON

  • Nourish your body with a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory with a cooking, painting, or pottery* class (*additional cost).
  • Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal and let our professional therapists do all the work while you relax and rejuvenate.
  • Unwind in the sauna.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of new and classic self-care and spiritual resources.
  • Grab a fresh, calming herbal tea and curl up with a good book in your cozy room.

Mother & Daughter Getaway

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING
  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Retreat into relaxation with a mother-daughter spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the sauna.
AFTERNOON
  • Enjoy a decadent Mexican hot chocolate and reminisce in our cozy cafe.
  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Explore our captivating campus or head out on one of our guided mountain trail hikes.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.
EVENING
  • Feed your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Girlfriends Getaway

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING
  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit together with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Catch up over a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Connect with nature and reminisce while hiking one of our many mountain trails.
AFTERNOON
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • De-stress with a girlfriends spa treatment, like our relaxing signature massage, hydrating facial, or energizing Marma session, and let our therapists work their magic. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or Ayurveda food kitchen.
  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
EVENING
  • Plenty of time for bonding during a dinner.
  • Visit our shop and grab some souvenirs, rejuvenating herbal supplements, and restorative health products from Shankara’s all-natural beauty line.
  • Dance and sing at Kirtan.

Couples Getaway

(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.