Nourishing Body, Mind, and Spirit

Drawing on influences from the local harvest in Boone to Bombay and even the Caribbean, you’ll enjoy deeply satisfying vegetarian meals. 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. The chefs at the Art of Living Retreat Center know this, and they know that food prepared with love of the planet and of the person being fed is the best food. ⁠

Temporary Dining Protocols

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, we have made some adjustments to our Dining Hall seating and service protocols. Currently, all meals are being served cafeteria-style in the Purna Dining Hall. By incorporating these new service models and touchless practices, we are ensuring higher sanitation standards by keeping the handling of serving utensils to a minimum. We’re also using disposable tableware and not using tablecloths. Everything we do has the safety of our guests and staff in mind.  

Main Dining Hall

The views from our Dining Hall and deck, combined with the food we serve, are feasts for both the eyes and the belly. Some of the most raved about guest experiences take place right here.

Our Garden

We grow a variety of fresh and delicious fruits, vegetables, and flowers right here at The Art of Living Retreat Center. Our garden is as much a place for nourishment of the body as it is a place of nourishment for the soul. Walk the paths as many staff, volunteers, and journeyers have before.

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Our Food

Three times a day, 365 days a year, we prepare whole-foods meals with the freshest seasonal ingredients we can find. From the freshly baked bread to the salads crafted from our own garden harvest, there is something to please every palate.

Sample Menus

Just a little preview to get your taste buds going…

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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Yoga and meditation classes were really great. They really energized me and I’m looking forward to returning. The vegetarian menu was quite a treat. A great experience.