Frequently Asked Questions

We are located two hours northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Our physical address is

639 Whispering Hills Road
Boone, North Carolina, 28607 

For room reservations, Ayurveda Wellness Retreats, and Art of Living Retreat Center (AOLRC) signature retreats, we have the following cancellation policy:

  • Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
  • Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following date of issue.
  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

AOLRC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If AOLRC cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.

Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions. For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.

Because our campus sits on top of a mountain, it’s important to note the grounds are spacious and hilly. While the entire campus is walkable and accessible, you may encounter terrain that is difficult for those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.
We have some grandfathered buildings without elevators but offer numerous ADA-compliant lodging and event venues accessible to all. Please call Reservations (800.392.6870) in advance so we can best accommodate your needs.

To ensure easy access between buildings, we also offer free shuttles that make frequent rounds. And, you may contact Guest Services at any time to schedule a shuttle pick-up or drop-off to any part of the campus.

Our hotel rooms are what you’d expect to find at most hotels. You’ll find king- or full–size beds, a television, a refrigerator, private bath, and free Wi-Fi. 

Our retreat rooms are simply furnished for those who desire peace and clarity—twin beds, private baths, and free Wi-Fi.

Find out more about our accommodations here.

Our facility does not house pets. However, we can recommend some nearby kennels to board your furry friends.

Our menu addresses the following allergies: gluten, dairy, nuts, soy. There is at least one entrée on the buffet line that our guests with these allergies will be able to eat.

No. Due to the cool climate of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we have found that air conditioning is unnecessary. All rooms are equipped with ceiling and box fans, just in case.

Absolutely! Guests always have the option to reserve all-inclusive accommodations and choose activities and Shankara Ayurveda Wellness treatments in our R&R offerings. Select your room and plan your stay here.

Yes. We offer our signature R&R retreats and Ayurveda Wellness Escapes—both with flexible dates that allow guests to sample a lot of what we have to offer but at bundled rates. 

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.

All of our programs are residential—we have found that this deepens participants’ retreat experiences. We do permit participants to stay off-site with our day pass. It includes meals and amenities, please call us to reserve this way. You will need to book your own accommodations elsewhere.

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. 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.

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.

Yes! You may purchase them online or by phone. Visit our gift certificates page for more information.

Small Group Inquiry Request

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

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