A transformative workshop to help you access your inner healing voice. Cultivate your innate power to improve your health and wellbeing through self-expression with writing.
You will be guided through a progression of restorative writing exercises — with no writing experience or ambition required. This workshop draws on evidence from up-to-date research and is designed to allow you to discover ways to manage stressful events and upheavals in your life through writing.
Discover how the act of writing engages internal healing resources that affect mental and physical health. Change your stories to change your life.
You will learn six forms of restorative writing:
- Expressive writing, to remove obstacles and moves you beyond a personal, private emotional upheaval or crisis
- Transactional writing, to help you take care of unfinished business and convey your feelings, expectations and intentions for yourself and others in a positive and loving way
- Poetic writing, to tell your story as you wish to tell it
- Affirmative writing, to center your focus on your best qualities
- Legacy writing, to share your values, life lessons and epiphanies with others
- Mindful writing, using six aspects of mindfulness to structure your written explorations
You will go home with the knowledge and practice to incorporate the healing power of writing into your everyday life, and a collection of 24 writing prompts to use as practical starting points.
This program is open to all, and may be of particular benefits to those working in healthcare or helping professions.
CE Credits: This program has been accredited by Duke Integrative Medicine in Leading Others in Writing for Health.
Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, Daily Vegetarian Meals (all meals from dinner the night of check-in through lunch the day of check-out)
Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, Daily Vegetarian Meals (all meals from dinner the night of check-in through lunch the day of check-out) Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.
Retreat: Retreat Room Single
Rate includes Twin Bed, private bath, and Daily Vegetarian Meals (all meals from dinner the night of check-in through lunch the day of check-out)
Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing
Rate includes Twin Bed, private bath, and Daily Vegetarian Meals (all meals from dinner the night of check-in through lunch the day of check-out) Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.
Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing
Rate includes Twin Bed, private bath, and Daily Vegetarian Meals (all meals from dinner the night of check-in through lunch the day of check-out) Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.
Transform Your Health: Write Your Health
September 13th-15th, 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:
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 appointment.
Actual schedules and venues may vary; Please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in
Directions for Printing
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The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607
If you need anything, just give us a call.
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.
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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
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.
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.