The ultimate weekend of discovery

Are you intrigued by the deep mysteries to be found spiritual practices? Do you want to use ancient wisdom to explore your state of being in the world?

Let expert teachers and Vedic academics Barry Rosen, Andrew Foss and Gary O’Toole guide you towards uncovering the true purpose of life, and the journey of the soul in this universe.

In ancient times, Vedic Astrology, Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda were intimately connected. This workshop will teach you how to reintegrate them as a holistic practice, inspired by the rich tradition of the Vedas.

  • Through active yoga classes, workshops, lectures and discussion sessions, you will:
  • Learn a yoga practice, tailor-made for your spiritual and physical needs
  • Discover the intricacies of Vedic astrological teaching
  • Put these discoveries into practice as you gaze at the night sky and connect the constellations to your personal experiences
  • Understand the relationship between Vedic astrology and yoga therapy
  • Realize your Mind-Body type, and learn how it affects the kind of physical exercise that suits you
  • Learn about karmic lessons and your deepest karmic blocks
    Reveal your blind spots in spiritual practice

You’ll go home with a copy of your birth chart to keep you on track as you draw your newfound wisdom into your daily life and spiritual development.

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about themselves.

Gary O’Toole is a Vedic astrologer whose study of the subject spans over 20 years. He’s also an experienced yoga teacher and has studied Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and at the International Academy of Ayurveda in India. Find out more via Gary’s website,

Barry Rosen has been practicing Vedic astrology since 1987, with involvement in Vedic culture since 1973. He has been a trusted Art of Living teacher for 25 years. Find out more via his website,

Andrew Foss is the Founding President of the BAVA, Editor of the BAVA Journal Gochara, and a certified Jyotish Pandit and Jaimini Scholar — the highest professional certifications in Vedic Astrology. He has developed the unique software Shri Jyoti Star, which has become the first choice among Vedic astrologers around the world. Find out more at

Retreat: Hotel Room Single
Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds, flat screen TV, wifi, refrigerator, private bath, daily vegetarian meals.


Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

Rate includes King Bed or Two Full Beds*, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual.


Retreat: Retreat Room Single

Rate includes Twin Bed, daily vegetarian meals (dinner the night of check-in and breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your stay.


Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

Rate includes Twin Beds, Room will be shared with a maximum of 1 other individual from the same gender.


Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

Rate includes Twin Bed, Room will be shared with a maximum of 2 other individuals from the same gender.


Arrival Day
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)
7:30-9:00 pm Program Session

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


Directions for Printing
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The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607

Phone Number

If you need anything, just give us a call.
Phone: (800)-392-6870

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.


Click here to open the map in Google Maps

Nearest Airport

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

Car Rental

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.

Public Bus

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.

Date & Time

Starts: Oct 05, 2018 03:00 PM

Ends: Oct 08, 2018 12:00 PM


Barry Rosen


Starting at $653
Includes room, meals, tuition

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