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December 26–29 Programs with Gurudev

Gurudev returns to the Art of Living Retreat Center November 23–27, for a very special Thanksgiving celebration. Program and registration information coming soon. Provide your information below and we’ll notify you when registration opens.

LIVESTREAM: Spanda Karika 2

Can’t make it to the Center? No worries—celebrate with us via a virtual Zoom package. You’ll receive the room link when you register.

LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE
Dec 26
Evening Satsang 7:30 pm

Dec 27 & 28
Morning Session 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Evening Session 7:30–9:30 pm

Dec 29
Morning Session 10:00 am–12:00 pm

All times are EST.

On-demand video will be available for all registered participants until December 31, 2022.

Spanda Karika 2—Wisdom Series

December 26–29

Attendance of Spanda Karika 1 is NOT required.

Join us to demystify the deepest secrets of the cosmos with Spanda Karika 2. Dive into the nature of spanda (the universal vibration), and become amazed by what is and fascinated by what isn’t. Discover the depths of this ancient Vedic text with a living master of meditation, as Gurudev reveals the magnitude of the universe—and your own vibrations within it.

Let’s close 2022 on an inspiring, insightful, and uplifting note—and get ready to start the new year with fresh new insights, delivered by Gurudev.

Participants must have completed SKY Breath Meditation/Happiness Retreat/Art of Living Course. 

Get a glimpse of Spanda Karika with this 1-minute video. 

SCHEDULE

Dec 26
Check-in 3:00 pm

Dec 27 & 28
Morning Session
10:00 am–12:00 pm

Evening Session
7:30–9:30 pm

Dec 29
Morning Session
10:00 am–12:00 pm

All times are EST.

Note Registered youth-activity children will be in session during all wisdom sessions.

Important
Being on time and attending all sessions is an important requirement for this course. Please make your travel plans with this in mind.

Register by December 12 to SAVE $100!

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR ALL VISITORS

Please note that Gurudev leads the Wisdom Series in the evening during Satsang. We do not have a specific Satsang time during this event. In light of this, we suggest you register for the knowledge session if you want to participate in the evening session.

SAVE! Register by November 8—save $100.

Youth Activities

Child (Ages 4–7)

Important Notes

  • This session has been planned to support parents taking the Wisdom series.
  • During Satsang, parents will need to take care of their children.
  • Evening Satsang with Gurudev included.
  • During Satsang parents with under 8 may be requested to participate from the webcast room when Gurudev leads knowledge or meditation.

Schedule
Course Begins Dec 27, 11:00 am
Sessions will run in parallel to support the adult program. 

All times are EST.

Kids (Ages 8–12)

Important Notes

  • This session has been planned to support parents taking the Wisdom series.
  • During Satsang, parents will need to take care of their children.
  • Evening Satsang with Gurudev included.
  • During Satsang parents with under 8 may be requested to participate from the webcast room when Gurudev leads knowledge or meditation.

Schedule
Course Begins Dec 27, 11:00 am
Sessions will run in parallel to support the adult program. 

All times are EST.

Teens (Ages 13–17)

Important Notes

  • This session has been planned to support parents taking the Wisdom series.
  • During Satsang, parents will need to take care of their children.
  • Evening Satsang with Gurudev included.

Schedule
Course Begins Dec 27, 11:00 am
Sessions will run in parallel to support the adult program. 

All times are EST.

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.

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.
  • 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 day one of the course and ends with lunch on the last day of the course.
  • 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 the age of 5 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 hotel 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, filling out the hotel form does not guarantee hotel accommodation.

Transportation

We have arranged a shuttle for transportation to and from the Charlotte, NC (CLT) airport to the Center. 

From CLT to Boone
December 26, 1:00 pm EST
December 26, 5:00 pm EST
$50 per person

From Boone to CLT
December 29, 1:30 pm EST
$50 per person

For those whose travel plans don’t fit into the above transportation times, we suggest the following:

  • Taxi Apps such as Uber or Lyft
  • Hickory Hop (Airport Shuttle Service)
  • Use the forums page to find and share a ride from CLT to Boone.

MEALS

Dinner from the day of arrival through lunch on the day of departure are included. The Center serves a delicious range of healthy, vegetarian cuisine.

  • Sit-down dining will be available at the Center
  • To-go boxes will be available.
  • 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

For Programs

  1. Written cancellation requests received up to 10 days before the course start date will receive a full refund minus a $100 administrative processing fee.
  2. Written cancellation requests received 10 days or less before the program starts: Program expenses are not refundable. Course tuition is refundable, minus a $100 cancellation fee.
    3. No refunds and no transfers for no shows for ANY program.

Note
For all medical emergencies, including COVID, we will require a written request along with the submission of a letter from a physician, or other relevant documentation. Once all documentation is provided, we will issue a full refund minus a $100 administrative processing fee.

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 a one-night hotel room charge.
  3. No shows—no refunds.
  4. Program cancellation fees will be 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.