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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 serve 15,000 guests and 300 workshops, meetings, and conferences annually.
  • 36 buildings, 37,000 square feet of meeting spaces
  • Two hours’ drive from Charlotte

Connection, Empowerment, Tranquility

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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 15 to 2,000. Our warm and inviting on-campus housing accommodates up to 1,000 guests.

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 an intimate workshop of 15, holding a meeting for 100, leading a retreat for 500, or hosting a conference for 2000, your guests never have to leave our self-contained campus.

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The Main Hall

INNER & OUTER HARMONY

Size: 17,500 square feet
Capacity:

  • Seated Event 2,000
  • 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 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.

Veda Halls

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 mountain top, 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.

Shakti Hall

IMMERSE IN NATURE

Size: 5,000 square feet
Capacity:

  • 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.

Accommodations

Serenity and relaxation await guests in our warm and inviting on-campus housing, which accommodates up to 1,100. 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.

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Hotel Rooms

Located on a mountain ridge, these rooms offer incredible vistas of either the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains or the quiet magic of the forest.

  • Full, Queen, or King Beds
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Fridge, Television, and Writing Desk
  • Free Wi-Fi

Retreat Rooms

Comfortable and simple, these rooms are a great option for those who desire peace and clarity, accompanied by the music of the forest.

  • Twin beds
  • Private bathrooms
  • Forest views
  • Free Wi-Fi

Dining at the Center

Drawing on influences from the local harvest in Boone to Bombay and even the Caribbean, 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 offer many meat-free and vegan options, however, some portions of our meals do contain dairy. Although we cater to any gluten, dairy, soy, and nut-related allergies and list allergens and ingredients on our menus, we recommend informing your event coordinator of any dietary restrictions you or your guests may have. Specialized vegetarian menus can be developed for groups of 70 or more for evening events.

We grow a variety of our very own fresh and delicious fruits, vegetables, and flowers on site. Our garden is as much a place for nourishment of the soul as it is a place of nourishment for the body. Many staff, volunteers, and journeyers regularly walk the paths.

Sample Menus

Warm Up
Northern Rosemary White Bean Soup Semolina Cakes with Apple Mint Chutney and Mango SaUce Brazed Cabbage Hummus & Tabbouleh with Pita Chips
Fall in Love​
Pumpkin Soup Waldorf Salad Braised Parsnips Bean and Lentil Cakes with Fresh Fennel and Cranberry Compote Greens from our Garden
The Savory Sage​
Sweet Potato and Sage Soup Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Kale and Orzo Salad Roasted Roots Salad with Apple Mung Bean and Rice Pilaf House Salad
Cool as a Cucumber​
Chilled Cucumber Soup Black Bean Salad Rosemary Polenta Cakes Braised Zucchini House Salad
My Favorite Things​
Zucchini Soup Avocado and Couscous Salad Chickpea Stew Honey-Dill Glazed Carrots House Salad
Sweet Dreams​
Coconut Mango Rice with Cilantro & Fennel & Raisin Compote Warm Tuscan Bread Salad with Sundried Tomato Pesto & Parmesan Sauted Mixed Vegetables Apple & Potato Bisque with Fennel Compote Salad Bar
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Amenities & Activities

When you book your event at the Art of Living Retreat Center, your group is invited to participate in our many soul-feeding activities.

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Boone is famous as a vacation destination, with miles of scenic trails, serene lakes, historic sites, climbable cliffs, ski slopes, horseback riding, whitewater rapids, and kayaking spots, local Appalachian music, and delightful dining just steps away.

Optional Services and Activities

These add-on amenities take the guest experience to the next level for you and your participants.

Pottery Class

  • 1 Hour
  • $30 Thursday to Sunday

Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building, and decorating handmade pots.

Mindful Painting

  • 1 Hour
  • $25 Sundays only

Express your creativity through art therapy as you connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting.

Ayurveda Cooking Class

  • 1 Hour
  • $25 Thursday & Saturday only

Learn how to best nourish your specific body type and thrive in every season with renowned Ayurvedic cooking instructor Nalini Mehta.

Schedule Information

During your visit, we invite you to immerse in the quiet peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains and connect with yourself.

4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00 pm, but if you arrive early we’ll gladly hold your luggage at Reception.
6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00–7:20 pm Mandatory Guest Orientation Session

Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complimentary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)

7:30–8:30 am
Hatha Yoga Class | Gita Hall; during program dates only.

9:45–10:45 am and 4:15–5:15 pm
Hatha Yoga Class | Sattva Studio

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Mind and Meditation Session | Sattva Studio

1:30–2:00 pm
Yoga Nidra | Sattva Studio; Saturdays and Sundays only.

2:00–3:15 pm
Property Tour | Starts at Reception; Saturdays only.

1:30–2:30 pm and 3:00–4:00 pm
Guided Nature Walk | Starts at Reception; Saturdays only.

5:30–6:00 pm
Guided Meditation Session | Sattva Studio

7:30–8:15 pm
Meditative Chant/Kirtan | Gita Hall

8:30–10:00 pm
Bonfire | Below Veda 2 Weather permitting; Saturdays only.

Optional Activities with Additional Fees

To ensure a space, please register for  these activities by calling 800-392-6870 prior to your arrival.

Mindful Painting (1 hour) $25 Sunday Only
Express your creativity through art therapy as you connect your emotions to the art of watercolor painting.

Ayurveda Cooking Class $25 (1 hour) Thursday and Saturday Only
Learn how to best nourish your specific body type and thrive in every season.

Pottery Class $30 (1 hour) Thursday to Sunday
Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots.

Mealtimes
7:30–9:30 am Breakfast
12:00–2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00–7:30 pm Dinner

Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness prior to arrival in order to ensure availability. Please call 828-264-8382 for details.

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.

Whether you’re an Ayurveda aficionado or brand new to the practice, and your soul is calling for detoxification, relaxation, rejuvenation or all of the above, the support and care you will receive at Shankara Ayurveda Wellness is unparalleled.

Browse the treatments below to learn more about Ayurveda’s proven power to bring you and your group into an open, blissful, and restored state. (Prices and availability vary.)

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation with Ayurvedic Health Counselor
  • 60 minutes

Craft an Ayurvedic daily routine based on your health and wellness goals.


Pulse Assessment With Ayurvedic Vaidya
  • 30 minutes

Gain expert insights into your health and personal constitution from the perspective of the ancient science of Ayurveda.


Abhyanga: Detoxifying Warm Oil Massage
  • 60 minutes

Abhyanga is one of the most popular and recommended therapies in Ayurveda. This Ayurvedic therapy incorporates warm, aromatic oils, rhythmically massaged into your body, which loosen toxins, relax the nervous system, and provide rest, nourishment, and rejuvenation.


Shirodhara: Relaxation Therapy
  • 60 minutes

Because of the profound effects it has upon the consciousness, it has often been called “Bliss Therapy.” Shirodhara is a continuous pouring of warm oil in a slow steady stream on the forehead that helps to pacify the subtle aspects of the doshas: nourishing the nervous system, promoting relaxation and tranquility, and improving mental clarity and comprehension.


Royal Treatment: Signature Service
  • 60 minutes

The Royal Treatment combines both the detoxifying warm oil massage and the shirodhara relaxation therapy for an ideal experience of rejuvenation. Coupling these two treatments together, the warm oil massage awakens and prepares your body for the restful tranquility that follows with Shirodhara.


Shankara Signature Ayurveda Facial
  • 30 / 60 minutes

Through the fusion of Western Science and the ageless wisdom of traditional Ayurveda, Shankara products blend pure formulations to dynamically repair and regenerate the skin. This customized facial treatment nourishes your skin and brings harmony to the doshas, supporting and encouraging your innate beauty.


Udvartana: Herbal Exfoliation Treatment
  • 60 minutes

Udvartana is a deeply penetrating lymphatic massage with herbal scrub. This invigorating full body treatment increases circulation, revitalizes the skin, supports overall detoxification and promotes weight loss. 


Marma: Replenishing Energy Treatment
  • 60 minutes

One of the most restorative treatments for the body and mind, Marma stimulates specific energy points that rejuvenate the vital organs of the body, settle the nervous system, and pacify the Doshas. You may be fully clothed during this treatment, which focuses on energy centers, rather than muscle or tissue.af

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Here

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)

Shuttles: 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.  Please confirm shuttle times coordinate with your travel plans.

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.

Explore our campus with this interactive, 360° tour.

Campus Map PDF

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.

Other Important Details

Equipment
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.

Yes, we are a family friendly property. We offer rooms that can comfortably accommodate families, as well as family fun activities on-site such as hiking trails, pottery classes (additional cost), and even a children’s playground. Children must be supervised by an adult or guardian at all times.

Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary.

Group Inquiries

Note You will receive an email confirming our receipt of your proposal.

Our peak season runs April–November, so space fills up quickly during that time.

We look forward to supporting you in cultivating deep, soul-illuminating connection with your tribe.

Group Enquiries