R&R Retreat

Create a getaway that’s all your own.​

Find much-deserved rest and relaxation—the R & R Retreat features a variety of workshops and activities you can choose from. If space and time are all you need, we’ve got plenty of that too.

Not available in 2020.

A Time for Discovery and Rest

In this creative getaway, you are free to structure your time as you need. R and R programming includes a variety of options designed to enhance your life. You can join a journey through the labyrinth; dive into yoga; explore your meditative side and take home a few ways to calm your mind. Or learn more about nutrition and the ancient Ayurveda approach to vibrant health. You can even complement your program with a therapeutic session at the spa. The R and R program lets you sample many of the offerings of the center and its experienced teachers to get some true R & R.

A Day of R&R

Available programming features a variety of teachers in the fields of meditation, yoga, healing arts, ancient wisdom and the creative arts.

Yoga

Sri Sri Yoga is a holistic and energizing practice, integrating mind, body, and spirit. The techniques of Hatha yoga are taught in a light and joyful, but thorough manner – useful and suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced practitioners. 

DAILY SCHEDULE
7:30–8:30 am
9:45–10:45 am
4:15–5:15 pm

Mindfulness & Meditation

Rejuvenate from within! 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, accompanied by time questions and discussion. 

DAILY SCHEDULE
11:00 am–12:00 pm

Majestic sights and clean mountain air await! Expand or restart your fitness routine with personally guided classes and nature walks with an onsite fitness expert. With more than 380 acres of pristine mountaintop, vast open skies, and magnificent panoramic views, you’ll find a myriad of reasons to get outdoors and connect with nature.

Dawn–Sunset

Other Options

Guided Labyrinth Walks
Healing Arts Presentations
Evening Bonfire
Kirtan
Fitness and Steam Rooms

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Introduction to Ayurveda’s Lifestyle of Health

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.

Mindful 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. 

ncluded with R&R Retreat and Spa Getaway packages; additional fee for all other guests.

Hours
Sunday Only; 1 hour class $25

Ayurveda Cooking Classes

Explore Ayurveda cooking—Ayurveda is the oldest natural health care system on the planet—with our talented Ayurveda cooking experts. These fun and interactive classes are themed with the seasons, keeping us in touch with the rhythm of nature for optimal health and well-being. Save some room, as we will sample what is cooking.

Included with R&R Retreat and Spa Getaway packages; additional fee for all other guests.

Hours
3:00–4:00 pm Thurs & Sat; 1 hour class $25

Pottery Studio

In the clay studio, you are free to play and learn. Gain hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots. Additional fee.

Hours
2:00–6:00 pm Tuesday
12:00–6:00 pm Weds–Friday
12:00–8:00 pm Saturday
12:00–3:00 pm Sunday
Pricing
1 hour hand-building $30
2 hour throwing-wheel $45.
Fire, Glazing, and Shipping $20 (Ship up to three items for one price.)

Schedules subject to change.

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.