Purna Dining Hall

at the Art of Living Retreat Center

pūrṇa pur·na

1. Filled; fullness; fulfilled. 2. Complete.

dining hall flyer

pūrṇa pur·na

1. Filled; fullness; fulfilled. 2. Complete.

We invite the local community to experience our unique dining service in our beautiful Purna Dining Hall. We offer self-serve, buffet-style dining with a vegetarian menu that changes daily. Seatings are available from Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch; reservations are not required.

Join us at the Center for a nourishing meal—combined with the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s a feast for the eyes and the belly. 

The Particulars

  • The Purna Dining Hall is a buffet-style, self-service restaurant.
  • Our campus is meat-, alcohol-, and smoke–free to promote health and well-being and leave a smaller ecological footprint.
  • Beverages are limited to water and hot and iced herbal teas.
  • We are not able to accommodate special orders.
  • While we do allow children, please be mindful that this is an adult retreat center where many of our guests have come for a peaceful and meditative experience. We do not offer a separate kid’s menu.


Lunch $17.95 Special $14.95 + tax 
Dinner $22.95 Special $19.95 + tax
Kids 10 & under $9.95 + tax
Kids 5 & under Free

Payment by credit card only.


Dinner 6:00–7:30 pm

Lunch 12:00–1:30 pm
Dinner 6:00–7:30 pm

Lunch 12:00–1:30 pm
Dinner 6:00–7:30 pm

Lunch 12:00–1:30 pm
Dinner 6:00–7:30 pm

Lunch 12:00–1:30 pm

Dining Hall Buffet Line
dining hall buffet line

The Menu


About Us

The Art of Living Retreat Center has been dedicated to health and well-being since it opened in 2012. The Purna Dining Hall has provided thousands of guests with nourishing and nutritional vegetarian foods carefully and mindfully prepared and selected. 

Ayurvedic principles tell us to eat nature—real food grown by sun, soil, wind, and water that is full of nature’s prana, or life force. Our professionally-trained chefs know this, and they know that food prepared with love for the planet and for the person being fed is the best food. ⁠We grow a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs right here in our own gardens, and the rest we source organic, seasonal, and local whenever we can. 


Our Food Philosophy

We are committed to serving nourishing food which creates balance and harmony for the mind, body, spirit, and planet. We seek to promote a sense of well-being with the choices we make. 

The principles of our food philosophy guide our menu creation and kitchen ethos, our community’s enrichment, and our guests’ satisfaction. Our intention behind everything we serve is to support our guests and staff in having a peaceful and joyful retreat experience. 

These are the five foundational principles of our food philosophy:

  1. We are a vegetarian, mostly whole-food kitchen.
  2. The ancient science of Ayurveda inspires us.
  3. Our menus are welcoming, inspiring, and accommodating.
  4. We have the utmost respect for our community and planet and are mindful of the impact of our kitchen.
  5. Love is at the core of all we do in our kitchen.

Learn more about our food philosophy here.



Located at 639 Whispering Hills Road in Boone, the drive to the Center is a scenic winding path through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Get directions to the campus here. Once you arrive, make your way to parking lot P2, the first parking lot on your right after you enter the property. From there, cross the street and a bridge on the right will welcome you to the Purna Dining Hall. ► View campus map here.