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Articles We Love: A Return to Nature in April

By Paige Reist
April 16, 2018

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At the Art of Living Retreat Center, we know that one of the most profound pillars of healing and wellness is the natural world. Nature is a wise teacher, a gentle and fierce guide, and a way back into ourselves. We’re incredibly lucky to hold a space nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where our guests can breathe in the cool, sweet mountain air, explore the gorgeous forests, and let the beauty of the wild sink deeply in.


In celebration of the Mountains returning to life this spring, our favourite articles this month remind us of the deep medicine available through nature.


Recompose and the Conservation Burial Movement

Emma Loewe for MindBodyGreen

Death is a subject that causes many of us in the West intense discomfort. The cultural avoidance and fear of death has even affected our burial practices — we have a tradition of preserving the bodies of our deceased loved ones as best as science knows how. Unfortunately, these burial practices can be harmful to the environment. Recompose founder Katrina Spade aims to provide a more nature-friendly option. Emma Loewe speaks to Katrina for MindBodyGreen.

“In U.S. cemeteries, we bury enough metal each year to build the Golden Gate Bridge all over again, enough wood to build 1,800 single-family homes. Cremation takes its toll too, emitting 600 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually in the United States. Considering that 10,000 people are turning 65 every day in this country, these figures aren’t likely to go down anytime soon. As Spade puts it, “The awful truth is that the very last thing that most of us will do on this earth is poison it. I want to push back against these defaults that aren’t aligned with our ideals and interests as people.”


How to Cure Stress the Old Fashioned Way

Brian Stanton for Elephant Journal

Brian Stanton shares how nature can cure our “addiction to doing”, how it centers us and cures us of our stress, and how it helps us slip into an effortless meditation.


“It turns out that when you cure stress, you cure other things too. Researchers from Japan, in fact, have shown that lingering in the woods might even prevent cancer by boosting natural killer cell activity. This Japanese practice, called “forest bathing,” also results in lower blood pressure and cortisol levels.”


3 Spiritual Lessons That I Have Learned from the Ocean

Alex Chong Do Thompson for Rebelle Society

Alex Chong Do Thompson writes about his encounters with watery wisdom during his time as a U.S. Marine and beyond.

“The amount of ocean life that exists is fantastic, but what’s even more interesting is why it exists. We must remember that there are no magical incantations or preternatural powers being used to create all of this abundance. Rather, the ocean is simply the perfect container for different forms of life to manifest.

It provides the right salt content for tuna, the right temperatures for jellyfish, the right pH levels for seaweed, etc. And then the Universe takes care of the rest.

Over the years, I’ve learned that this is also true of human interaction. For example, we have no control over what people say to us throughout the day. Conversations may be pleasant, or they may be absolutely dreadful. It’s completely out of our hands. But like the ocean, we can create a container that encourages good things to happen.”


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Walking the Path: 10 Reasons Why Spirituality Matters

By Lucia Whalen
June 12, 2017

Art of Living - Why Spirituality matters


The word “spirituality” means different things for different people. For some, spirituality is associated with religion and is tied to concrete rites and rituals. For others, meaningful activities like swimming, making art, and walking through the woods brings on a spiritual experience. For the most part, though, the word spirituality has become as ambiguous and vague as the word “the,” and is often stigmatized by associations to “hippy-dippy” new-age philosophies, patchouli, dreadlocks, and yoga pants.


Spirituality seems to have become confused with religion, as it is common to now associate as “spiritual” or “not spiritual”. However, at its core, spirituality is a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and is not an ideology to believe or not believe in. Spirituality is, in fact, what gives life a sense of meaning and purpose.


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Spiritual Retreats

Spiritual Healing Retreats

By Paige Reist
February 2, 2017

Spiritual Healing Retreats in North Carolina Spirituality is not just about religion. It is about the connection you feel to the world as a whole. Human beings were not meant to feel alone. We are social animals that have, throughout our history, felt ourselves as a part of nature – one that has its own spirit, and is not simply a vessel of nerves and muscles. It’s not uncommon to find yourself drifting away from that feeling of soul and spirit. Spiritual healing retreats are designed to bring you back. Each retreat is its own unique experience designed to rejuvenate the soul and restore your sense of spirituality.


What’s Involved in Spiritual Healing Retreats?

Every retreat has its own unique character and personality. What you are looking for with any spiritual retreat is a variety of features that are unique to you. For example:

  • Time with Nature

Those living in the city life often miss out on one of the most important keys for boosting the soul – time outside, surrounded by nature, and away from the cities. Nature is something you can feel, and something that the mind needs to feel at peace.

  • Spiritual Guidance

From yoga to classes, there are many different activities that bring out someone’s spirit, provided that you are led by those that are able to offer the guidance and inspiration that you need for spiritual growth.

Getting more in touch with your inner spirit involves taking time for yourself. Guided meditation, as well as activities for quiet and relaxation are all great ways to feel restored.

  • “Soul” Food

It’s difficult to nourish your soul if you aren’t nourishing your body. Several spiritual healing retreats integrate meals that detoxify the body and refresh your mind. This allows you to feel less bogged down mentally, and experience more spiritually.

  • Relaxation

Finally, stress is the enemy of spirituality. Your spiritual healing retreat needs to give you the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy your time away from your concerns and challenges.


Spiritual Healing Retreats at the Art of Living Retreat Center

When you feel more in touch with your spiritual side, it is something that reverberates through other areas of your life as well, including how you feel at work, the motivation you have to manage your home life, and so much more. For more information about our spiritual healing retreats in North Carolina, please feel free and view our calendar or call us to find out about our upcoming retreats.

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Uplifting Events: The De-Stress Lioness Retreat

November 7, 2016

with The Holistic Lionesses & Co at The Art of Living Retreat Center

This week we launch a new series that explores some of the exciting programming put on by partners at the Art of Living Retreat Center. There are so many exciting events that are offering transformation and change, each in their own meaningful way. We want to spotlight these programs as well as offer new opportunities for partners to be part of this change. So read on and join us as we explore transformative programs at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Comments? Questions? Please share in the comments below. – Andrew K.


Meet the Holistic Lioness & Co.

You are a whole person, beautifully flawed. This is the message of The Holistic Lioness & Co, a community created for and by millenial women of color searching for purpose, balance, and meaningful spiritual fulfillment.

Millenials, as a rule, are a unique and controversial generation. They’re creative, tech-savvy and ambitious, and approach life with a collaborative spirit and an open mind. But this also means that millenials have a unique set of challenges – they often struggle with finding balance, inner peace, and accepting themselves for the flawed humans they are. They work hard, play hard, and immerse themselves in chasing their dreams. So much so, in fact, that they can neglect their emotional and spiritual health, and are often met with a feeling of emptiness when they reach their goals.

Millenial women of color and their spiritual needs focus on self-care are often overlooked by the wellness industry, and the Holistic Lioness was created by Founder & CEO Keisha Faulkner to fill that need. Lionesses are leaders. They are, as the Holistic Lioness puts it, “stunning, regal, powerful, intuitive, strong, ambitious, and nurturing”. This program empowers women to discover those traits and capabilities within themselves and bring them out in meaningful ways.

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The Holistic Lioness Retreat this Fall

This past October, The Holistic Lioness gathered women together at the Art of Living Retreat Center for three days of connection, healing, and empowerment. Facilitated by Dr. Kristian H., a lifestyle expert, health enthusiast, speaker, and woman of color, this retreat served as a place to find balance between mind, body, and soul. To discover your heart, and meet yourself from a place of love. At these retreats, you have the wonderful opportunity to connect with other women on the same journey. Through meditation, group therapy, yoga, hiking, and creative expression, you learn how to thrive, not just survive. You come away with a better understanding of how to deal with stress, how to find balance and peace, and how to embrace your beautifully flawed, whole self.

“The Holistic Lioness & Co. was founded on a simple, yet bold vision to inspire women to prioritize wellness, personal growth and self-care.” – Keisha F.

“What started as an idea to host a small wellness retreat in the mountains has become a dynamic digital community – one filled with ideas, resources and community engagement for women of color looking for ways to ‘be balanced’ through mind, body and spirit wellness. THL is here to dispel the myth that holistic wellness is an exclusive, complicated and costly lifestyle change. We are here to serve as a catalyst to provide easier, affordable access to health and wellness resources,” shared Keisha.


Being at the Art of Living Retreat Center

“This was a weekend dedicated to Millennial women of color seeking internal peace, self-awareness, balance & purpose. The Art of Living Retreat Center created a space where everyone found their own individual form of peace and healing as well as create healthy, life-long bonds,” shared Kiarra from the retreat.

Life-changing Support

The Holistic Lioness retreat is designed to help you express your vision more clearly, find your purpose, and chase your dreams.

“I encourage anyone that has an opportunity like this to go into it with an open heart and an open mind, and soak up the entire experience. I’m walking away to get back on the road and drive home with so much knowledge and so much support and a newfound sisterhood. And it’s something I’ve never had in my life, so thank you.” – Camille E.

I’d also like to invite our readers to check out the instagram account of The Holistic Lioness & Co., which is consistently uplifting and rewarding: THL on Instagram


Interested in learning more about programs at the Art of Living Retreat Center? Check out our annual catalog here.


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