Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

2022 Events with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Gurudev will be offering a series of live, in-person programs here at the Center July 8–14. 

ADULT PROGRAMS

Book now and get $100.00 off the listed fee. Offer valid until friday June 24, 2022.

The practice of silence—of consciously withdrawing energy and attention from outer distractions—has been used in different traditions throughout time as a pathway to physical, mental, and spiritual renewal.

Our signature Silent Retreats integrate the Sudarshan Kriya® (SKY) breathing technique and several days of silent contemplation with unique guided meditations, yoga, and advanced breathing techniques specifically designed to take you beyond your usually active mind. You experience an extraordinary sense of peace and renewed vitality that we carry home with us and into our daily lives. Many refer to it as the ideal vacation for body, mind, and spirit.

From $950 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

SCHEDULE
Check-in begins at 3:00 pm on July 9; satsang is at 7:30.
Course begins July 10 at 7:00 am—yoga and SKY practice.
Checkout at 9:00 am, July 14. Participants may choose to leave after Guru Purnima celebrations at 8:30 pm on July 13.

Book now and get $100.00 off the listed fee. Offer valid until friday July 2, 2022.

Can’t make it to the Center? No worries—we’ll broadcast online through Zoom. You’ll receive the Zoom link when you register. Two time-zone options.

Cost $700 per person.

Pacific Time
July 9–13
Course starts on July 9 at 7:00 pm PT
Course ends on July 13 at 6:00 pm PT

Eastern Time
July 9–13
Course starts on July 9 at 7:00 pm ET
Course ends on July 13 at 9:00 pm ET

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. Many participants report an experience of the presence of Divinity during the course and from performing the Puja. The course also includes beautiful ancient knowledge, lovely guru stories, and a profound feeling of the presence of these great 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, or
  • Three Silent Retreats, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation course, and VTP/Blessings/Sanyam, or
  • Four Silent Retreats and Sahaj Samadhi Meditation course

From $900 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

SCHEDULE

Check-in on July 8 at 3:00 pm; satsang at 7:30 pm.
Course begins on July 9 at 7:00 am with yoga & SKY practice.
Check Out is July 14 at 9:00 am. Participants may choose to leave after Guru Purnima Celebrations after 8:30 pm on July 13.

This leadership training is designed to strengthen you as a person and empower you as a leader by providing you with the knowledge and skills to be a positive community-builder, organizer, and trained meditation-facilitator who spreads happiness on your campus through service, leadership, and meditation practices. On this retreat, you will

  • Gain the skills to lead meditation and interactive wellness workshops
  • Gain the skills to build community
  • Gain team building expertise
  • Gain the ability lead and teach breathing techniques
  • Gain confidence and clarity in public speaking
  • Learn about organizational and leadership development
  • Learn how to contribute to and uplift your campus environment
  • Learn how to facilitate interactive processes for social connection and well-being
  • Acquire knowledge and tools to dynamically lead a club or group
  • Develop the expertise to effectively organize SKY Happiness Retreats and activities.

Eligibility SKY Campus Happiness Retreat + 1 Silent Retreat

From $950 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

Check-in on July 8 at 3:00 pm; satsang at 7:30 pm.
Course begins on July 9 at 7:00 am with yoga and SKY practice.
Checkout is on July 14 at 9:00 am. Participants may choose to leave after Guru Purnima celebrations July 13 after 8:30 pm.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

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.

Eligibility Ages 4–7

From $450 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

Check-in on July 9 at 3:00 pm; satsang 7:30 pm.
Course begins July 10 at 10:00 am.
Checkout July 14 at 9:00 am. Participants may choose to leave after Guru Purnima celebrations July 13 after 8:30 pm.

The SKY Kids course teaches techniques to enhance peace of mind, clarity, focus, emotional stability, and nurturing values like respect and a sense of belonging to support children’s well-being. When they have the tools to manage their own stress and emotions, children are able to excel in all areas of life.

Eligibility Ages 8–12

From $450 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

Check-in on July 9 at 3:00 pm; satsang 7:30 pm.
Course begins July 10 at 10:00 am.
Checkout July 14 at 9:00 am. Participants may choose to leave after Guru Purnima celebrations July 13 after 8:30 pm.

The SKY Teens programs teaches students the research-backed SKY Breathing along with other techniques and life skills to release stress and negative emotions, help them focus and perform well at school, and build positive relationships with their friends, peers, parents, and teachers.

Eligibility Ages 13–17

From $450 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

Check-in on July 9 at 3:00 pm; satsang 7:30 pm.
Course begins July 10 at 10:00 am.
Checkout July 14 at 9:00 am. Participants may choose to leave after Guru Purnima celebrations July 13 after 8:30 pm.

Life becomes much simpler when we listen to our intuition.
This revolutionary two-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.

Course Dates July 11–12, 2022
Course Times 3.00–5:30pm

Important Note
Day 1 Parents Meeting (July 11) from 3:00–3:15 pm
Day 2 Full Parents Briefing (July 12) from 4:15–5:30 pm
There are no exceptions to this requirement.

From $1,280 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

IP Junior repeater fee is $250, plus accommodations and meals. Use discount code IPREPEATER22. If you register as a repeater, you need to provide previous IP course information in the questions section

Course Dates July 11–12, 2022
Course Times 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Important Note
Day 1 July 11 Parents Meeting from 10:00–10:15 am
Day 2 July 12 Full Parents Briefing 11:00 am–1:00 pm
There are no exceptions to this requirement.

From $1,280 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

IP Senior repeater fee is $250, plus accommodations and meals. Use discount code: IPREPEATER22.

MEDITATION & SATSANG

Spend your days with noon meditations diving deep into peace and clarity, and your evenings in satsang—entering that shared space of support, unity, and joy.

Please note If you have children ages 7 and below, we request one of the parents to be with their child to attend the noon meditation and satsangs in Veda 4 where the LIVE Webcast from Main Meditation Hall will be available.

Schedule (Tentative; session times are subject to change.)
All times are Eastern Standard Time (ET).
July 9 7:30–9:00 pm
July 10 12:00–12:45 pm and 7:30–9:00 pm
July 11 12:00–12:45 pm and 7:30–9:00 pm
July 12 12:00–12:45 pm

From $650 per person—includes program tuition, accommodations, and meals. Final cost based on selected housing.

Livestream Meditation & Satsang Passes | July 9–14

Celebrate with us virtually with this virtual daily noon meditation and satsang package. We’ll broadcast online through Zoom. You’ll receive the Zoom link when you register.

Cost $300

Guru Purnima Celebrations

Guru Purnima Significance

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

It is the day when the disciple wakes up in his fullness and in the wakefulness he can’t be but grateful. This gratitude is not of dwaita (you and me), but of advaita. It is not a river moving from somewhere to somewhere, but the ocean moving within itself. So, gratefulness on Guru Purnima symbolizes that fullness.

The purpose of the Guru Purnima celebration is the day to review one’s progress on the spiritual path over the past year and renew one’s determination and focus on the goal, and resolve what one wants to do in the coming year. As the full moon rises and sets, tears of gratitude arise and repose into the vastness of one’s own self.

July 12 Satsang Celebrations

Eligibility Open to all.

Schedule

  • 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm ET
  • Doors open at 6:45 pm for seating; please plan your travel accordingly.

July 13 Day Celebrations

Eligibility Open to all.

Schedule

  • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm ET
  • Doors open at 7:45 am for seating; please plan your travel accordingly.

Day Passes

  • Darshan is at 6:30 pm.
  • Check in at the Registration Desk to get a wristband between 3:00–6:00 pm; plan your travel accordingly.
  • Day passes include dinner, darshan, and satsang.

Cost: $150 per person

Transportation

For transportation from the Charlotte, NC (CLT) airport to the Art of Living Retreat Center (AOLRC) in Boone, we suggest the following options:

  1. Taxi-Apps – Uber/Lyft
  2. Hickory Hop (Airport Shuttle Service)
  3. Use the forums page to find and share a ride from CLT to Boone. 

For transportation from AOLRC to CLT, because we understand it is harder for participants to find a ride, we have arranged a shuttle for you departing on Thursday, July 14, at 8:00 am ET. There are limited seats—please register early to save your spot.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Onsite hotel and retreat rooms are fully booked.

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 “Self-Arranged Housing” option.

Accommodation Waitlist Form
Please fill out the accommodation waitlist form ONLY if you are registered with “Self-Arranged Housing” accommodation for one of the courses offered during the July 2022 event at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Filling this form does not guarantee accommodation. Our team will reach out to you if we have any cancellations and a spot for you. 

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

  • When you register, please select appropriate housing option.
  • Onsite Accommodations are available to those who sign up for programs which are for the full duration of the event from July 9–14.
  • ID will be required at check-in for all adults and children.
  • Limited hotel rooms, family accommodations, and double and triple occupancy rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Men and women will be housed separately, except for family registrations.
  • 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 July 9 and ending with dinner on July 13.
  • While we will do our best to accommodate your needs, family housing is very limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Please register early to ensure availability.
  • 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.
  • Please email [email protected] for more information.

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

  1. First register yourself and your family members for any program by selecting the appropriate housing option when you register ( i.e., retreat room double or triple)
  2. After you register all members of your family, please fill out the FAMILY HOUSING FORM. This will help us in assigning your room.
  3. There is no charge for children under 5 years of age co-sleeping with parents; children over 5 years of age will be charged and will have a bed.

How to Request a Hotel Room at the Retreat Center

If you wish to reserve a hotel room located at the Art of living Retreat Center,

  1. First register and select the hotel room accommodation option.
  2. Then, fill out the HOTEL ROOM FORM. (Room prices are listed on the form.)
  3. Your course registration does not include your room charges. You will have to pay for the hotel room separately once your hotel room request is approved.
  4. Once we receive your form, based upon the availability, we will confirm your reservation and charge your credit card on file.
  5. Please note that completing the hotel form does not guarantee hotel accommodation.

MEALS

All meals are included beginning at dinner on the day of arrival through dinner on July 13. Please note that the Center serves a delicious range of healthy, vegetarian cuisine, and

  • Sit-down dining will be available
  • Meals will also be available in to-go boxes
  • You may bring food from outside. We are a no meat, no alcohol facility—Meat and alcohol are not permitted.

We expect more than 2000 people on-site during this event and because of this, we will be unable to accommodate any special meal requests. We will have one or more dishes available daily to support participants with any 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.

COVID-19 HEALTH GUIDELINES

  • In compliance with CDC travel guidelines, all attendees on campus are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a lab certified Covid-19 test that produced negative results within 72 hours of your arrival.
  • All campus attendees are required to check-in one at a time, have their temperature taken, answer screening questions, and sign a health waiver.
  • Guests on property will be monitored for symptoms and possible exposure on a daily basis. If they show any symptoms, they will be asked to leave the premises and seek medical advice immediately.
  • All guests will be screened for symptoms and required to sign waivers certifying their health and freedom from possible exposure to the Coronavirus.
  • Guests who have been exposed to, or show symptoms related to COVID-19, will be asked to leave the property and seek medical advice immediately.


Read all of our health and safety protocols 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

For Programs

  1.  Written cancellation requests received up to 10 days before the course start date: Full refund minus a $100 administrative processing fee.
  2. Written cancellation requests received 10 days or less before the program starts: Program expenses not refundable. Course tuition refundable minus a $100 administrative processing fee.
  3.  No refunds or credits will be given to any no shows, or should a participant decide to leave the program, except in case of emergency.
  4. For all medical emergencies, including COVID, we require a written request along with submission of a letter from physician or other relevant documentation. We will issue full refund minus a $100 administrative processing fee once all documentation is provided

For Hotel Rooms

  1. Written request for hotel room cancellation received up to seven days before the program start date:  Full refund.
  2. Written request for hotel room cancellation received seven days or less before the program start date: Full refund minus one night hotel room charge.
  3. No shows: No refunds.
  4. Program administrative processing fees are applicable as listed above.

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

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.