The Art of Living Retreat Center
There is a rhythm unique unto the universe, an unseen pulse of sustenance and oneness that can be sensed in all living things. When we are in sync with this rhythm, life’s greatest values are effortlessly expressed through us.
Over and over, our guests, teachers, and faculty have shared that such a sacred, pure, and powerful pulse intrinsically resonates throughout the pristine grounds and calming facilities of our center. Each year, thousands of people visit us for this very reason and leave happier, healthier, lighter, and renewed.
Our dedicated event team works hard to provide personalized support—customizing our services, venues, and accommodations to the needs of your group’s unique goals and journey.
- We host 15,000 guests and 300 workshops, meetings, and conferences annually.
- 36 buildings, 37,000 square feet of meeting spaces
- Two hours’ drive from Charlotte
What makes us different?
In addition to incredible views and the peaceful, natural beauty of our surroundings, the Art of Living Retreat Center offers expert customized support and an atmosphere of community that ensures an immersive experience for your group.
From your first contact through the final day of your event, our staff is here for you. Hosting your event with us means one-stop planning—from ticketing to housing to catering to activities.
We’ve hosted thousands of guests here on the mountain and love what we do. You’ll see that in the care and attention we put into your event and in ensuring your satisfaction.
Everything from A–Z: Ticketing, accommodations and meals, tea & coffee, snacks, parking, daily workshops, and access to our entire campus and its amenities can be included in your package.
Props and A/V
We provide yoga mats, blocks, straps, back jacks, and blankets, and have a variety of A/V equipment on site to accommodate any typical presentation.
You and your guests have access to our daily schedule of signature workshops in meditation, yoga, Ayurveda, and more.
Connection, Empowerment, Tranquility
Set amidst 380+ breathtaking acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina, the Art of Living Retreat Center is a renowned sanctuary of peace that eases the mind and inspires the soul.
Our tranquil grounds and energizing facilities have accommodated countless transformational events that span multiple days and weeks for groups ranging in size from 75 to 500.
Each year, our beautiful center serves as a life-changing place of convergence for numerous programs, workshops, conferences, and retreats.
Who comes here?
Teachers, thought leaders, authors, professional associations, musicians, corporations, trainers, private groups, and families from all over the world trust us to hold a transformative space for their programs, trainings, and retreats.
Whether you are meeting in one of our halls, exploring our beautiful grounds, de-stressing in our spa, or observing the breathtaking landscape from our terrace, the natural harmony, tranquility, and connection found only at the Art of Living will make your event a unique and unforgettable one.
Venue Meeting Spaces
We have a variety of venue spaces that are appropriate for all sizes of groups. Our center’s unique and versatile spaces are equipped to accommodate all of your needs. Whether you’re teaching a workshop of 75, holding a meeting for 250, or hosting a conference for 500, your guests never have to leave our self-contained campus.
The Main Hall
INNER & OUTER HARMONY
Size: 17,500 square feet
- Seated Event 1,750
- Meditation Workshop 933
- Yoga Retreat 667
Ideal for large groups and events, the main hall features stunning natural light and a spacious grand room. A granite stone foyer leads to a natural wood interior and a striking multi-tiered skylight that gives the venue a surprising coziness. The event space also has a performance stage with professional lighting and an advanced audio-visual system.
HILLTOP RETREAT SPACES
Size: 2,800 square feet
Capacity (per space):
- Seated Event 279
- Meditation Workshop 167
- Yoga Retreat 119
Each of these four special venues features spacious, open floor plans, plenty of natural light, and freely flowing air through the tall windows surrounding each hall. These hilltop event spaces are situated next to each other near the mountaintop, making them ideal for groups requiring adjacent retreat spaces and/or break-out rooms. Three halls are carpeted, while one has hardwood flooring, which works well for yoga and performance groups.
IMMERSE IN NATURE
Size: 5,000 square feet
- Seated Event 315
- Meditation Workshop 167
- Yoga Retreat 135
Special features of this spacious hall include two small break-out rooms, atmospheric multi-tier lighting, and a spectacular wood-worked open ceiling. Located on a hillside, even farther from the hustle and bustle of modern life than the rest of the center, Shakti Hall is an ideal place for a quiet retreat or meeting. The only sounds to break the silence are the rustle of leaves in the wind and the quiet songs of the local mountain birds.
Serenity and relaxation await guests in our warm and inviting on-campus housing, which accommodates up to 500. Guests can choose a private or shared space and personalize their stay with a room type that meets their needs. All of our comfortable rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms. Options are below.
Dining at the Center
Our chefs aim to please the palate with vegetarian nourishment made from fresh, seasonal ingredients designed to energize and nourish all body types. Meals are served buffet-style.
We are committed to serving nourishing food which creates balance and harmony for the mind, body, spirit, and planet. Learn more about the five foundational principles of our food philosophy and view sample menus—visit our Dining page.
Optional Services and Activities
These add-on amenities take the guest experience to the next level for you and your participants.
Shankara Ayurveda Wellness
The Art of Living Retreat Center is a premier destination for holistic wellness. Shankara Ayurveda Wellness has been rated one of the best by many nationwide publications, including USA Today, The Washington Post, InStyle, Organic Spa, SpaFinder, and more.
While visiting our center, event hosts and attendees can choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic treatments in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
Learn more—visit our Ayurveda Treatment and Therapies page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Revel in the beautiful drive along the scenic winding road carved through the resplendent Blue Ridge Mountains. Welcome! Your journey has begun.
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2 hours from Charlotte, NC
3 hours from Raleigh-Durham, NC
5 hours away from Atlanta, GA
6 hours from Nashville, TN
6.5 hours from Washington, DC
These airports are 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)
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 9:25 am and from Charlotte to Boone at 6:00 pm 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.
We are a short 15-minute drive to ASU’s campus as well as downtown Boone. Most ski slopes are about 40 minutes away from our property.
We can easily accommodate high-volume parking events and coach buses.
We provide yoga mats, blocks, straps, back jacks, and blankets at no additional charge.
We have a variety of A/V equipment on site to accommodate any typical presentation. More specialized equipment is available through rental houses in Charlotte.
No, our facility does not house pets. However, we can recommend some nearby kennels to keep your furry friend close.
To encourage a healthy environment, we ask that guests not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces. However, guests may enjoy these items in their rooms. That being said, our property is always smoke-free.
Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically, we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy, and nuts.
No, due to the cool climate of the Blue Ridge mountains we have found that A/C is not needed. All rooms are equipped with ceiling and box fans, just in case.
While we do allow children and offer rooms that can comfortably accommodate families, please be mindful that this is an adult retreat center and our guests have come for a peaceful and meditative experience. Children must be supervised by an adult or guardian at all times. Please note you must be age 18 or older to participate in any of our programming, including Shankara Ayurveda Wellness treatments and therapies, unless otherwise indicated.