Gurudev in Boone this July!

Join us at the Ashram to celebrate Guru Purnima! 

Additional Information

  • Course fees increase by $100 on July 1.
  • Attending all sessions is required for all programs offered.
  • Participants may choose to leave after Guru Purnima Celebrations on July 21 after 8:30 pm.

SAHAJ TTC | July 14–July 22

Program Facilitator: Bhanumathi Narasimhan

Registration for this program is by invitation only; for qualified Art of Living Teachers. Questions? Email [email protected]

Guru Puja 1 | July 15–22

Program Facilitator: Bhanumathi Narasimhan

Guru Puja is a traditional ceremony of gratitude honoring the lineage of spiritual masters who have been the custodians of the knowledge of the Self. Under the loving guidance of Bhanu, Gurudev’s sister, one learns to chant the Guru Puja. Chanting the Guru Puja unites our minds with this tradition of masters.

During Puja 1, you learn the chanting of the puja and explore the mysteries of Vedic Knowledge and traditions.

Eligibility

  • Art of Living Teacher + Sahaj Samadhi Meditation course
  • Three Art of Living Part 2 Course + Sahaj Samadhi Meditation course + VTP/Blessings/Sanyam, or
  • Four Art of Living Part 2 Course + Sahaj Samadhi Meditation course

Check-In July 15, 3:00 pm
Course Begins July 16, 7:00 am
Course Ends July 21 with Guru Purnima celebrations
Checkout July 22, 10:00 am

Guru Puja 2 | July 18–22

Program Facilitator: Art of Living Faculty

Guru Puja is a traditional ceremony of gratitude honoring the lineage of spiritual masters who have been the custodians of the knowledge of the Self. Under the loving guidance of Bhanu, Gurudev’s sister, one learns to chant the Guru Puja. Chanting the Guru Puja unites our minds with this tradition of masters.

Guru Puja 2 brings the qualification necessary to invoke the lineage of Spiritual Masters through the Puja chant taught during Guru Puja Part 1.

Eligibility

  • Guru Puja 1 Course

Check-In July 18, 3:00 pm
Course Begins July 18, 7:00 pm
Course Ends July 21 with Guru Purnima celebrations
Checkout July 22, 10:00 am

Dive Deep Into Silence: Art of Living Part 2 | July 17–22

Program Facilitator: Certified Art of Living Faculty

The Dive Deep Into Silence: Art of Living Part 2 course provides optimal conditions for going deep within, quieting our mental chatter, and experiencing profound rest and inner silence. This course builds upon the Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique offered in the Art of Living Part 1/Happiness Program/SKY Breath Meditation Program.

The practice of silence—of consciously withdrawing our energy and attention from outer distractions—has been used in different traditions throughout time as a pathway to physical, mental, and spiritual renewal. By participating in various course processes specifically designed to take us beyond our usually active minds, we experience an extraordinary sense of peace and renewed vitality that we carry home with us and into daily lives.

It’s no wonder that many course participants refer to it as the ideal vacation for body, mind, and spirit. A journey into the rejuvenating depths of inner silence.

Eligibility

Art of Living Part 1 Course, SKY Breath Meditation Program, Happiness Retreat, or SKY Campus Program

Check-In July 17, 3:00 pm
Course Begins July 18, 7:00 am
Course Ends July 21 with Guru Purnima celebrations
Checkout July 22, 10:00 am

Note Journey Premium/Plus members and students get an additional $100 off Art of Living Part 2. Members must use the discount code available during payment on the registration link. Students must register with their .edu email account to receive the discount.

ONLINE Dive Deep Into Silence: Art of Living Part 2 | July 17–22

Note Journey Premium members get an additional $100 off; use the discount code during the checkout process.

Can’t make it to Boone? Participate in the program online with our virtual tickets; available in ET and PT times.

Option 1: Eastern Time (ET)
Begins July 17, 7:00 pm ET
Ends July 21 with Guru Purnima Celebrations

Option 2: Pacific Time (PT)
Begins July 17, 7:00 pm PT
Ends July 21 with Guru Purnima Celebrations

Youth Activities

Important Youth programs are available to support parents who are in courses only. Course schedules will be available two weeks prior to the start dates.

Note Please ensure your child meets the age requirements before registering for any of the youth programs. If your child does not meet the age requirement, registration will be transferred to the appropriate program or canceled; appropriate cancellation fees will apply.

Angels Camp

Program Facilitator: Certified Art of Living Faculty

Eligibility 4–7 years

Dates July 14–17 or July 15–17

Angels Camp children have two registration options, provided at least one parent is registered in Sahaj TTC or Guru Puja course. 

Camp includes story time, yoga, singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and more.

Kids Camp & SKY Kids

Program Facilitator: Certified Art of Living Faculty

Eligibility 8–12 years

Dates July 14–22 or July 15–22

Kids have two registration options, provided at least one parent is registered in Sahaj TTC or Guru Puja course. 

Camp includes wisdom, yoga and breathwork, arts & crafts, ashram service activities, movies, fun, and SKY Kids course.

Teens Camp & SKY Teens 2

Program Facilitator: Certified Art of Living Faculty

Eligibility 13–17 years

Dates July 14–22 or July 15–22

Teens have two registration options, provided at least one parent is registered in Sahaj TTC or Guru Puja course. 

Camp includes wisdom, yoga and breathwork, creative writing, ashram service activities, content creation challenge and the Sky Teens 2 course.

Angels Course

Eligibility 4–5 years

Check-in July 17, 3:00 pm
Checkout July 22, 10:00 am

The Angels course helps your child leap forward into life with confidence, strength, and courage. Through stories, games, crafts, and play the children are introduced to the idea that they are unique, beautiful, and special. The Angels course gives your child the foundation they need to grow and flourish in life.

SKY Juniors Course

Eligibility 6–7 years

Check-in July 17, 3:00 pm
Checkout July 22, 10:00 am

SKY Juniors (formerly Angels) helps children maintain their connection with inner joy and strength by reminding them it is always within. They learn techniques that strengthen their connection to their peace of mind and emotional stability and help them develop focus.

This course reinforces their natural tendencies to share with others, to cooperate in work and play, and to develop belongingness with those around them, through stories, games, crafts,and other activities. Children become more confident in their own uniqueness and abilities, and to see the value of that uniqueness in others. By finding ways to serve others and the environment, it helps to foster children’s natural human values.

SKY Kids Course

Program Facilitator: Certified Art of Living Faculty

Eligibility 8–12 years

Check-in July 17, 3:00 pm
Checkout July 22, 10:00 am

The SKY Kids Course supports children’s well-being by teaching techniques that enhance peace of mind, clarity, focus, emotional stability, and nurturing values like respect and a sense of belonging. When children have the tools to manage their stress and emotions, they can excel in all areas of life.

SKY Teens 2: Advanced Meditation

Program Facilitator: Certified Art of Living Faculty

Eligibility 13–17 years

Check-in July 17, 3:00 pm
Checkout July 22, 10:00 am

The SKY Teens 2 program is an advanced meditation and leadership workshop for students who have already taken the SKY Teens program and want to go deeper with their experience.

 

Intuition Process Course

Program Facilitator: Certified Art of Living Faculty

JUNIOR
Eligibility 5–7 years

Course Dates  July 19–20, 2024
Course Schedule 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Important 
Day 1 (July 19) Parents Meeting (July 19) from 10:00–10:15 am
Day 2 (July 20) Full Parents Briefing 11:30 am–1:00 pm
This session is mandatory for parents to attend.

Registration opens April 17, 3:30 pm ET.

SENIOR
Eligibility 8–17 years

Course Dates  July 19–20, 2024
Course Schedule 3:00–6:00 pm

Important 
Day 1 (July 19) Parents Meeting (July 19) from 3:00–3:15 pm
Day 2 (July 20) Full Parents Briefing 4:30–6:00 pm
This session is mandatory for parents to attend.

Life becomes much simpler when we listen to our intuition!

This revolutionary 2-day, 4–6 hour program teaches children and teenagers from 5–17 years of age simple and powerful techniques that enable them to access and cultivate their inherent intuitive abilities. With an increased connection to their intuition, participants demonstrate increased confidence and self-reliance, improved decision-making and scholastic performance, and reduced fear and susceptibility to peer pressure.
Give your child a powerful edge with the Intuition Process.

Guru Purnima Day Celebrations
July 21, 2024

Morning Celebrations
Time: 10:00 am–12:30 pm ET; doors open at 9:00 am for seating. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Evening Satsang Celebrations
Time: 5:00–8:00 pm; doors open at 4:00 pm for seating. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Eligibility
Open to all. 

Participants registered for programs are already included; you do not need to RSVP. All visitors must RSVP. 

Guru Purnima Significance

Guru Purnima marks the spiritual seeker’s new year and is celebrated on the Ashadha Full Moon. It is a day to reflect on one’s progress on the spiritual path, renew one’s determination and focus on the goal, and set resolutions for the coming year. Gratitude on this day symbolizes the fullness of the disciple’s awakening, transcending duality and merging into the vastness of the self.

Among the 12 to 13 full moons in a year, the Vaishakha full moon is dedicated to Buddha (his birth and enlightenment), Jyeshtha full moon to mother earth, and the Ashadha full moon is dedicated to honoring the tradition of spiritual masters. This is Guru Purnima.

Visitor Day Passes

Day passes include

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Darshan at 6:30 pm EST

We do not have noon meditation and Satsang during these days as the Wisdom Series is in session.

Cost $100, per person.

Day passes do not include accommodations.

You will be required to check-in at Registration upon arrival to get a wristband, so please plan your travel accordingly. The Registration Desk will be open from 9:00–9:30 am EST and 4:30–6:30 pm EST.

  • Children below 5 years of age are free. Important note For children 7 years of age and below, we request one parent be with their child to attend the noon meditation in Veda 4 where LIVE webcast will be available.

Cost $150.

Kids under age 5 are complimentary; children 5+ years old need a separate day pass. Day passes are per person and must be purchased for each family member.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Onsite Hotel and Retreat rooms are fully booked. 

We have now closed family accommodations form and hotel room request form as we are unable to take a waitlist.

We suggest that you book a hotel or Airbnb around the Art of Living Retreat Center. If you are staying offsite; we have limited registrations open for all programs. You can now register for a program choosing the “Commuter” option.

Please note the following:

  • When you register, please select the appropriate housing option.
  • Onsite hotel and retreat rooms, including family housing, are fully booked and no longer available.
  • Limited offsite accommodations are available at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone. 

To reserve offsite ASU sharing accommodations, please review and follow these steps:

  1. First, register for your programs and select the Offsite ASU 2 Sharing housing option. Your course registration does not include Offsite ASU 2 Sharing room charges.
  2. All rooms at ASU are 2-sharing; twin beds with an attached bathroom and air conditioner.
  3. Complete the ASU Housing Request Form.
  4. Once you provide your consent for us to charge you for the ASU 2 Sharing in the form, our Registrations team will charge the card linked to your course registration. 
  5. Our team will send you an ASU 2 Sharing accommodation confirmation email.
Families, or those needing larger accommodations, can request more than one room at ASU by providing the information in the ASU Housing Request Form.
 

To enhance the experience of your course and events, we highly encourage you to book housing on the Center premises. Please note the following:

  • When you register, please select the appropriate housing option.
  • Onsite Accommodations are available to those who sign up for programs.
  • ID will be required at check-in for all adults and children.
  • Onsite accommodations are available on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Men and women will be housed separately, except for families with minor children.
  • To reserve family housing or hotel rooms, please review and follow the steps below.
 

 

 

Family Housing

  • Please note that family housing course packages include tuition, housing, and meals starting with dinner on day one and ending with lunch on the last day of the course.
  • Family housing is very limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Family housing is only applicable to families with children under the age of 18.
  • All family members staying in family housing should be registered for a program with the SAME accommodation type.
  • Please email [email protected] for more information.

How to Register for Family Housing  (families with children under the age of 18)

  1. Register all family members for a program.
  2. When registering your child for a youth program, make sure you choose an accommodation option that is available for both your and their program with SAME accommodation type.
  3. Fill out the FAMILY HOUSING REQUEST form (coming soon!)after registering all family members with valid registration IDs.
  4. For families of sizes other than four choosing quad-sharing, extra charges may apply (will be confirmed by the events team).
  5. Children under 5 co-sleeping with parents incur no charge; older children are charged and provided a bed.
  6. Accommodation will be assigned after verifying registrations.
  7. Allow 48 hrs for the events team to process requests and respond.
  8. Accommodation availability is not guaranteed by form completion; wait for confirmation from the customer service team.
  9. Contact [email protected] or 1-828-513-0032 for queries.

How to Request a Hotel Room at the Retreat Center

  1. Register for the course, selecting the Hotel Room Request option.
  2. Fill out the HOTEL REQUEST FORM (room prices are listed; form coming soon).
  3. Room charges are not included in course registration; pay separately upon approval.
  4. Once we receive your form, based on availability, we will confirm your reservation and charge your credit card on file.
  5. Note Filling out the form does not guarantee onsite hotel accommodation.

ASU Offsite Housing Options

Appalachian State University offers comfortable and cost-effective offsite housing for your convenience during this event, particularly as the retreat center tends to fill up quickly.

Details

  • Available rooms: July 17 to July 22
  • Limited availability: July 14 to July 22
  • Accommodation: Double sharing with 2 twin beds
  • Amenities: Attached bathroom, A/C
  • Age requirement: Only individuals aged 18 and above are permitted at ASU; minors are not allowed
  • Roommate assignment: We will assist in pairing you with a same-gender roommate
  • Eligibility: Open to both course participants and visitors
  • Shuttle service will be provided from ASU to the retreat center once a day. The pick up will be for morning sadhana and the drop off at night after satsang for course participants.

Self-Arranged Housing

Participants may opt for self-arranged housing, where they book accommodations of their choice independently. Please note that the course fee does not include housing for those selecting the self-arranged option.

Find a list of local Boone accommodations on the Explore Boone website.

Transportation

We have arranged a shuttle for transportation to and from the Charlotte, NC (CLT) airport to the Center. Registration opens April 17, 3:30 pm ET.

From CLT to Boone
$50 per person

July 14, 2:00 pm ET
July 15, 2:00 pm ET
July  17, 2:00 pm ET

From Boone to CLT
$50 per person

July 22, 8:00 am ET
July 22, 10:00 am ET

In the event the shuttle timings do not suit your travel plans, you may wish to use the following services:

MEALS

Dinner from the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure are included. The Center serves healthy, vegetarian cuisine.

  • Sit-down dining will be available at the Center.
  • You may bring food from outside. We are a no-meat, no-alcohol facility—meat and alcohol are not permitted.
  • We will have one or more dishes available daily to support participants with gluten, dairy, soy, or nut allergies.

SHANKARA AYURVEDA WELLNESS

While you’re here, we invite you to combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels—body, mind and spirit. Shankara Ayurveda Wellness offers unique holistic treatments along with traditional services that can bring your whole-being back into balance.

Booking in advance is strongly encouraged and the only way to guarantee the service of your choice at your desired time. For pricing information and booking, please call Shankara Ayurveda Wellness at 828-264-8382.

Find out more here.

PARKING INFORMATION

  • Parking is available at the retreat center, but very limited.
  • Carpooling is strongly encouraged; parking preference will be given to course participants with three or more people per car.*
  • Only cars that have a valid parking permit are allowed to park on center premises.
  • Security personnel stationed at our entrance will distribute the parking permits upon your arrival.
  • Cars without permits, or not parked in designated spots, will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Visitors Information

If you plan to come during this, time please note that visitor information will be available within 3–4 weeks. 

Visitors can reserve ASU offsite housing here. 

CANCELLATION POLICY

For Programs

  • Written cancellation requests received up to 15 days before the course start date: Full refund minus a $100 administrative processing fee.
  • Written cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the program starts: Program expenses non-refundable. Course tuition refundable, minus a $100 cancellation fee.
  • No refunds or transfers after program start date or for no-shows.
  • Note Medical emergencies require a written request with physician’s letter or relevant documentation for full refund, minus a $100 administrative fee.

For Hotel Rooms

  • Written request for cancellation up to 15 days before program start date: Full refund.
  • Written request for cancellation 14 days or less before program start date: Full refund minus one-night hotel room charge.
  • No refunds for no-shows.

ASU Offsite Housing

  • For Course Participants: No refunds or transfers starting June 1, 2024.
  • For Visitors: No refunds or transfers.

CONTACT US

For more information 

Call 828-513-0032

Email [email protected]

Address: Art of Living Retreat Center, 639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Weekend of Creativity Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Walk our beautiful labyrinth or hike one of our scenic nature trails and reconnect with your inner self.
  • Express your creativity and have some fun playing with and shaping clay in your pottery class.

AFTERNOON

  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class or get clever on the canvas in a painting class.
  • Unwind with a relaxing spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Nourish your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Discover Ayurveda Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Savor a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.
  • Rest, replenish and rejuvenate with Abhyanga therapy—a detoxifying warm oil Ayurveda massage that incorporates warm, aromatic oils, rhythmically massaged into your body, cleansing, relaxing, and re-energizing the body and mind.

AFTERNOON

  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • Connect with nature while hiking or walking one of our many breathtaking mountain trails.
  • Return to the spa for a Basti session to rejuvenate your joints! Stiff joints are bathed in warm medicated oil and massaged to deepen the therapeutic effects that increase lubrication and promote smooth flexibility and mobility.

EVENING

  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or kitchen.
  • Refuel your body with a tasty and healthy dinner.

Rejuvenating Bliss Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
  • Sow a new level of calm and balance into your life with a Yoga or meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Cleanse your soul with a leisurely walk on one of our beautiful nature trails.

AFTERNOON

  • Nourish your body with a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory with a cooking, painting, or pottery* class (*additional cost).
  • Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal and let our professional therapists do all the work while you relax and rejuvenate.
  • Unwind in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of new and classic self-care and spiritual resources.
  • Grab a fresh, calming herbal tea and curl up with a good book in your cozy room.

Mother-Daughter Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Retreat into relaxation with a mother-daughter spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

AFTERNOON

  • Enjoy a decadent Mexican hot chocolate and reminisce in our cozy cafe.
  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Explore our captivating campus or head out on one of our guided mountain trail hikes.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.

EVENING

  • Feed your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Girlfriends Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING
  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit together with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Catch up over a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Connect with nature and reminisce while hiking one of our many mountain trails.
AFTERNOON
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • De-stress with a girlfriends spa treatment, like our relaxing signature massage, hydrating facial, or energizing Marma session, and let our therapists work their magic. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or Ayurveda food kitchen.
  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
EVENING
  • Plenty of time for bonding during a dinner.
  • Visit our shop and grab some souvenirs, rejuvenating herbal supplements, and restorative health products from Shankara’s all-natural beauty line.
  • Dance and sing at Kirtan.

Couples Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and reminisce on the moments that connected you.
  • Bring a new level of calm and balance to your relationship with a Yoga or Meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast together.
  • Walk or hike one of our beautiful nature trails and reconnect with each other, nature, and oneself.

AFTERNOON

  • Share a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory by taking a workshop or educational class, or create a new experience together with a pottery*, watercolor painting, or cooking class (*additional cost).
  • Reduce tension and stress with a couple’s or individual Ayurveda spa treatment. Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
  • Unwind in the steam room together.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of self-care and spiritual resources or spend time reading in the cafe.