Channeling Boundless Expression Through Yoga

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Is your passion for life in need of a pick-me-up? Do you want to feel the joy of creativity flowing freely?

Here is your opportunity to gather with like-minded individuals for an experience which will reignite the fire in your soul – and help you reclaim your purpose on this planet.

Using the timeless power of yoga and meditation, you will move beyond everyday life and connect with a greater way of living. During each practice, you will journey through the bounds of a typical yoga class experience and explore your edge in a higher state of consciousness.

Using yoga asana, meditation, Yoga Nidra, lifestyle and wellness education, and philosophical teachings you will:

  • Feel more in touch with yourself and with the world around you
  • Expand your understanding of yoga and meditation
  • Benefit from the attention and guidance of two experienced teachers dedicated to the practice of yoga
  • Explore the power of yogic breathing techniques
  • Discover how Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, and teachings from the Bhagavad Gita, can deeply enhance your life

You will take home an embodied understanding of yoga and a deep connection to your intuition.

There are two options for this retreat:

Weekend Only: (April 26 -29)


Week-long: (April 26 – May 3) 

Recommended reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Open to all – beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome.

Yoga Alliance CE credits available.

Biography ImageVal Spies E-RYT 500 is the owner and director of the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga Teacher Training, as well as the creator of a number of other supportive and nourishing yoga and well-being programs. She is the Yoga for Healthy Living speaker for medical conferences and a committee member on the Board of Yoga Alliance Standards. With 15 years of experience training yoga teachers and a background in career management, she teaches from a grounding in Kripalu yoga.

Ryan Devin E-RYT 500 is co-teacher on the Lotus Pond training programs. He has a bachelors degree in alternative medicine and is a certified teacher of AcroVinyasa, and a trained Yoga Nidra facilitator. Together, Val and Ryan take a heart-led approach to teaching and weave in stories and meditative practices inspired by yoga philosophy and elsewhere in order to support their students’ ability to create balanced, joyful and healthy lifestyles.

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

Weekend: $1,044.00        Week-long: $2,464.00

Retreat: Hotel Room Double Sharing

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

Weekend: $848.00        Week-long: $2,006.00

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.

Weekend: $909.00        Week-long: $2,148.00

Retreat: Retreat Room Double Sharing

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

Weekend: $760.00        Week-long: $1,801.00

Retreat: Retreat Room Triple Sharing

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

Weekend: $706.00        Week-long: $1,675.00

Check in 3:00pm, Friday, April 26

Meet and Greet 5:30pm / Session 7:00-8:30pm

Daily schedule, Saturday/Sunday for Weekend guests

7:15-8:30 Morning Yoga Class
8:30-9:30 Breakfast
9:30-11:00 Meditation & Philosophy
11:00-4:00 Lunch & Free Time
4:30-6:00 Afternoon Yoga Class
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:15 Evening Session
Monday Morning check out / 7:15-8:30 Yoga Class

Daily schedule, Saturday-Thursday for One-Week guests

7:15-8:30 Morning Yoga Class
8:30-9:30 Breakfast
9:30-12:30 Meditation, Philosophy, Posture Clinic
12:30-2:30 Lunch & Free Time
2:30-6:00 Afternoon Session
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:15 Evening Session

Schedule variation:  Tuesday, midday hike to Glen Burney Falls

Friday Morning check out / No class

Shankara Spa

Call in advance for a Spa Reservations, 800-368-5168
Suggested Spa time:  Book at the start of lunch time
(ask a friend to box a lunch for you to eat after your treatment).

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

*If a spa appointment is made during a Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, guests may request a meal to be boxed for
pickup by asking spa reception.

The Lotus Pond Center / Val Spies 813-956-3506

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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: Apr 26, 2019 03:00 PM

Ends: May 03, 2019 12:00 PM


Val Spies and Ryan Devin

Retreat Options

Weekend Only: $255

Full 7 Nights: $624

Plus 3-7 nights lodging and meals.

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