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.
- 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
- 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
- Enjoy a delicious and nutritious dinner.
- Dining Hall
- 7:30 – 8:30 pm
- Increase your awareness and let your soul soar as you gather to reflect, honor and celebrate through meditative chanting/Kirtan.
- Gita Hall
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.
Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic and energizing practice, integrating mind, body, and spirit.
The techniques of Hatha Yoga are taught by professional, authentic instructors in a light and joyful, but thorough manner—suitable for everyone from beginner to experienced practitioners. Different teachers offer Hatha Yoga from various schools, including Sri Sri Yoga, Sivananda, Kundalini, and Jivamukti.
Rejuvenate from within! Our complimentary meditation and breathing classes offer deep rest for mind and body.
Meditation offers deep rest for mind and body. We also teach complementary breathing exercises to still the mind. Here, you can participate in guided meditation, with time for questions and discussion.
Express your creativity through art therapy as you connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting.
Watercolor is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Each class begins with a tutorial on the techniques of watercolor painting. Your instructor will help you to connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting as a tool for art therapy. Students are encouraged to take their beautiful masterpiece(s) home as memorabilia of this course and their stay here at the Art of Living Retreat Center.
Learn how to best nourish your specific body and thrive in every season with renowned Ayurvedic cooking instructors.
Learn to prepare delicious sweets, snacks, and savory treats in our hands-on Ayurveda cooking classes—healing meals that will transform your relationship with food.
Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots.
One of the oldest systems of healing in the world, Ayurveda teaches practical tips to balance mind and body throughout the changing seasons of life.
Our labyrinth allows for a personal journey back to inner connection in a unique mountain setting.
People around the world have used labyrinths for centuries as a walking metaphor for the pilgrim’s journey, as a way to open the mind to the present moment and stay centered.
Available from dawn to dusk.
A sense of calm and connection with the outside promotes harmony and balance on the inside.
Our Center is situated on 380 acres of forested mountain. Two trails meander through our woods while several nearby trails offer experienced hikers miles of in-depth exploration. Majestic sights and clean mountain air await!
Open from dawn to dusk.
There’s no better way to close the day than a fire circle under the stars! Gather with us by the warmth of the open fire.
There’s no better way to close the day than a fire circle under the stars! If you’re interested, we love arranging lovely, end-of-day gatherings for those who wish to come and sing or chat by the warmth of the open fire.
Allow yourself to settle in for a soul-stirring session of community singing with an emphasis on both ancient chant and modern melodies.
Kirtan happens nightly and is a community gathering for all interested guests, staff, and volunteers.
Stop by our welcoming Heavenly Cafe—located next to the Main Dining Hall—for a homey place to unwind between activities.
Grab a steaming cup of tea, reconnect with your fellow retreat-goers, curl up in a cozy chair with a good book, or simply observe nature's beauty outside the window as you count down the minutes to your next spa treatment or class.
The Art of Living Retreat Center has two on-site shops, one in our main building and one in our spa.
Whether you need some forgotten travel essentials, mementos that lift the spirit, meaningful gifts to give or natural and organic products to revitalize your body and wellbeing, you will find plenty of options at our Heavenly Store and Spa shop.
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.
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
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.)