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.
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.
Stimulate your mind, body and senses with classes that revive, energize and rebalance the whole body, from head to toe, inside and out.
Awaken Class Offerings
- Be Here Now (Orientation)
- The Essentials of Essential Oils
- The Powerful System of the Chakras
- Magical Mantras & Mudras
Movement of the body is proven to benefit mental, physical and spiritual health. Our classes focus on strength, endurance, balance and simply feeling good.
Movement Class Offerings
- Hatha Yoga
- Pilates/Floor Barre
- Jazz Movement
- Modern/Hip-Hop Flow
Rejuvenate from within! Our guided meditation and breathing classes offer deep rest for mind and body.
Soothe Class Offerings
Mindfulness & Meditation
Sound Healing & Restorative Balance
Living Your Highest & Best
Discover tools, both ancient and modern, for cultivating awareness, increasing energy and life-force throughout the body, and encouraging balance and wellness.
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Nurturing Your Neural Network
- Cultivating Compassion During COVID
Dance under the stars, sing by a bonfire, connect with the calming power of nature, and delight in the camaraderie with fellow retreat goers. A little play is sure to enliven and recharge your whole being.
- Nature Walks
- Dance Party
- Fire Circle
Express your creativity. Bring out your inner artist through pottery and painting or unleash your inner chef with an Ayurveda cooking class.
- Mindful Painting
- Ayurveda Cooking
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.)