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Venus Rising Retreat

By Paige Reist
February 28, 2018

 

Venus. Aphrodite. Goddess of love.

When you hear the name Venus, you may envision dark chocolates and hot make-outs, wild romance and lacy lingerie.

But like most things when it comes to womanhood, this narrow definition barely scratches the surface of the role Venus energy plays in our lives.The planet Venus influences:

  • Your personal style and what you wear
  • How and why you spend your money
  • Every relationship in your life: friendships, parents, children, co-workers and intimate partners
  • What parts of the world you feel drawn to
  • How you like to be courted and cared for
  • Your personal love language

Your Venus (your innate, pleasure driven, erotic nature) is ever flowing throughout your life. The problem is, usually the only place Venus gets a voice is in bed with a lover, on a first date with a new love interest, or in relationship with a life long partner.

Start your day with Qoya movement every morning.  Enjoying 3 delicious, gourmet meals every day. A special chocolate tasting ritual, rituals with hundreds of rose petals, luxurious gifts, evening candlelight Pleasure Yoga,  extravagant Goddess rituals like you have never experienced…and so much more!

With so much information on the science of astrology, it can sometimes be hard to take in or understand. Through metaphor, creative art, movement, worksheets and rituals Juli and Kitty will take you to the Star School you’ve always dreamed of! Astrology is the ancient science and study of the earth’s natural energies. This education give you the  secret code to your innermost truths and desires, and help you to forecast how to relate to Venus through the different cycles and seasons of your life.

 

About your teachers

 

Kitty Cavalier

Kitty is an expert in feminine sensuality and embodied living. Kitty is also a certified Qoya and yoga teacher.  She travels the world teaching women how to come home to their body as the ultimate oracle, and befriend pleasure as a tool for greater presence and power in life.

 

Juli Everett

Juli is an intuitive astrologer, masterful body worker, Chinese herbalist and healing artist. Juli is the founder of Knead and Seed Wellness Center in Sag Harbor, NY where she performs readings, massage, healings, coaching and leads monthly new and full Moon Circles with the women of her community.

 

Schedule

Daily Schedule

8-9 am – Delicious breakfast in the panoramic mountain view dining room
9:30am – 12pm – Morning Session
12pm-1pm – Gorgeous lunch in the dining room or on the terrace
1pm-4pm – Free time for visiting the spa, hiking, and general frolicking around the mountains!
4-6pm – Afternoon class session
6-7pm – Divine dinner
7:30-9:30pm – Evening relaxation candlelight yoga and sensual integration rituals

Raw Food Bonanza

By Liviu
December 21, 2017

Overview

Delicious Energy Workshop
Raw food diets have been around since the 1800’s and have gained in popularity over the last few decades. The variations in raw food diets make this a particularly healthy choice for individuals who are interested in making food choices that are based around their body’s individual needs. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore what raw foods can help you to lead a better, healthier life. Through sharing sessions, guided meditation, group interaction, and practicing yoga and breathing techniques, you can begin your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

What To Expect When You Attending A Raw Food Program
Whether you are ready to transition fully to a raw food diet, or are just beginning to explore adding more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet, this workshop can deliver a number of benefits. During the program you will be able to:

  • Explore how cooking can directly impact the nutrients found within different foods.
  • Discover a balanced way to eat more raw foods on a daily basis.
  • Learn about raw superfoods that can help to boost immunity and heal your body.
  • Bring home raw food recipes after preparing delicious recipes during the workshop.
  • Take a dosha quiz to better understand the types of food that your body needs to become more healthy and balanced.
  • Practice at-home yoga and breathing techniques that are specifically designed to strengthen your digestive system.
  • Return to your natural state of balance and inner peace with proven mindfulness and meditation techniques.
  • For an additional cost, receive a pulse assessment to more intimately know your body’s constitution and what food choices are right for you. Please contact the spa reception at 828-264-8382 to reserve this additional service.
 

About the teachers

Poornima Sharma

Poornima is a certified yoga instructor and Health Coach with a Ph.D. in Foods & Nutrition and a special focus on obesity, diabetes, and iron deficiency. As a Health Coach, Poornima has had the pleasure of helping individuals from all walks of life take part in empowerment programs that leverage breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation to reduce stress and promote healthier lifestyles. She is also a RYT-200 certified yoga and meditation teacher with the Art of Living and looks forward to helping people focus on eating well, living well, and embracing mindful living to enjoy both positive inner transformations and outer dynamism. With the Poornima’s help, you can let food become your medicine and mindfulness your guide for better living.

 

Schedule

Timings: Fri: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Sat: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sun: 9:30 am -12:00 pm

 

Friday, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Session 1: Introduction; Orientation; What is Raw Food? The History of the Raw Food Revolution; How Raw Foods can be used to nourish the body and promote healing.

 

Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session 2: Western and Eastern Perspective about Raw Foods. Raw foods based on body constitution (Western Perspective blood type, Eastern Perspective, Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and seasons; Experimenting with Raw foods- hands-on experience; Recipes based on body constitution

 

Sunday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session 3: Practical Tips for how to get the best out of the Raw foods. Learn how Exercise, Yoga, Stretching, Pranayama (Breathing techniques) can be helpful for optimal digestion and assimilation and help your body adapt to raw foods gradually. Take home recipes.


Raw Food Bonanza

By Liviu
December 21, 2017

Overview

Delicious Energy Workshop
Raw food diets have been around since the 1800’s and have gained in popularity over the last few decades. The variations in raw food diets make this a particularly healthy choice for individuals who are interested in making food choices that are based around their body’s individual needs. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore what raw foods can help you to lead a better, healthier life. Through sharing sessions, guided meditation, group interaction, and practicing yoga and breathing techniques, you can begin your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

What To Expect When You Attending A Raw Food Program
Whether you are ready to transition fully to a raw food diet, or are just beginning to explore adding more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet, this workshop can deliver a number of benefits. During the program you will be able to:

  • Explore how cooking can directly impact the nutrients found within different foods.
  • Discover a balanced way to eat more raw foods on a daily basis.
  • Learn about raw superfoods that can help to boost immunity and heal your body.
  • Bring home raw food recipes after preparing delicious recipes during the workshop.
  • Take a dosha quiz to better understand the types of food that your body needs to become more healthy and balanced.
  • Practice at-home yoga and breathing techniques that are specifically designed to strengthen your digestive system.
  • Return to your natural state of balance and inner peace with proven mindfulness and meditation techniques.
  • For an additional cost, receive a pulse assessment to more intimately know your body’s constitution and what food choices are right for you. Please contact the spa reception at 828-264-8382 to reserve this additional service.
 

About the teachers

Poornima Sharma

Poornima is a certified yoga instructor and Health Coach with a Ph.D. in Foods & Nutrition and a special focus on obesity, diabetes, and iron deficiency. As a Health Coach, Poornima has had the pleasure of helping individuals from all walks of life take part in empowerment programs that leverage breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation to reduce stress and promote healthier lifestyles. She is also a RYT-200 certified yoga and meditation teacher with the Art of Living and looks forward to helping people focus on eating well, living well, and embracing mindful living to enjoy both positive inner transformations and outer dynamism. With the Poornima’s help, you can let food become your medicine and mindfulness your guide for better living.

 

Schedule

Timings: Fri: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Sat: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sun: 9:30 am -12:00 pm

 

Friday, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Session 1: Introduction; Orientation; What is Raw Food? The History of the Raw Food Revolution; How Raw Foods can be used to nourish the body and promote healing.

 

Saturday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session 2: Western and Eastern Perspective about Raw Foods. Raw foods based on body constitution (Western Perspective blood type, Eastern Perspective, Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and seasons; Experimenting with Raw foods- hands-on experience; Recipes based on body constitution

 

Sunday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session 3: Practical Tips for how to get the best out of the Raw foods. Learn how Exercise, Yoga, Stretching, Pranayama (Breathing techniques) can be helpful for optimal digestion and assimilation and help your body adapt to raw foods gradually. Take home recipes.


Managing Inflammation Retreat

By Liviu
December 21, 2017

Overview

The Answer To A Healthier Life Is Closer Than You Imagined
Did you know that chronic inflammation can often be an underlying factor for numerous health conditions, including: heart disease, atherosclerosis, and autoimmune conditions? Through the right diet and lifestyle, combined with proven mindfulness and breathing techniques, you can greatly reduce inflammation within your body. During this workshop you will learn how Ayurveda practices can help you to promote positive changes within your body, including reducing chronic inflammation.

What To Expect During Your Inflammation Management Workshop
Throughout the workshop you will receive numerous tools and applicable techniques to help you reduce your body’s inflammation, so that you can lead a happier and healthier life.

  • Complete a dosha quiz to gain valuable insights into your emotional and bodily needs.
  • Learn what superfoods can help to heal and manage inflammation within your body.
  • Discover what breathing, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation techniques can benefit you on a daily basis.
  • Complete exercises that are designed to heal your mind, body, and spirit by releasing negative emotional energy.
  • Enjoy learning a new daily routine that is designed to reduce inflammation, while simultaneously promoting improved liver strength, digestion, and assimilation.
  • For an additional cost, receive a pulse assessment to more intimately know your body’s constitution and what food choices are right for you. Please contact the spa reception at 828-264-8382 to reserve this additional service.
 

About the teachers

 

Poornima Sharma

Poornima is a certified yoga instructor and Health Coach with a Ph.D. in Foods & Nutrition and a special focus on obesity, diabetes, and iron deficiency. As a Health Coach, Poornima has had the pleasure of helping individuals from all walks of life take part in empowerment programs that leverage breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation to reduce stress and promote healthier lifestyles. She is also a RYT-200 certified yoga and meditation teacher with the Art of Living and looks forward to helping people focus on eating well, living well, and embracing mindful living to enjoy both positive inner transformations and outer dynamism. With the Poornima’s help, you can let food become your medicine and mindfulness your guide for better living.

 

Schedule

Timings: Fri: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Sat: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sun: 9:30 am -12:00 pm

Friday7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 1: Introduction; Orientation; What is Inflammation? Causes, Symptoms and Effects of Inflammation; Group share

Saturday9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session 2: Managing Inflammation: A Western and Eastern Perspective. Understanding Inflammation for different body types (Vata, Pitta Kapha); Anti-inflammatory Foods & Super Foods; Experimenting with foods- hands-on experience; Recipes

Sunday9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Session 3: Exploring and learning some tools and techniques to manage/reduce inflammation with Diet, Exercise, Yoga, Stretching, Pranayama (Breathing techniques)- Meditation


Managing Inflammation Retreat

By Liviu
December 21, 2017

Overview

The Answer To A Healthier Life Is Closer Than You Imagined
Did you know that chronic inflammation can often be an underlying factor for numerous health conditions, including: heart disease, atherosclerosis, and autoimmune conditions? Through the right diet and lifestyle, combined with proven mindfulness and breathing techniques, you can greatly reduce inflammation within your body. During this workshop you will learn how Ayurveda practices can help you to promote positive changes within your body, including reducing chronic inflammation.

What To Expect During Your Inflammation Management Workshop
Throughout the workshop you will receive numerous tools and applicable techniques to help you reduce your body’s inflammation, so that you can lead a happier and healthier life.

  • Complete a dosha quiz to gain valuable insights into your emotional and bodily needs.
  • Learn what superfoods can help to heal and manage inflammation within your body.
  • Discover what breathing, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation techniques can benefit you on a daily basis.
  • Complete exercises that are designed to heal your mind, body, and spirit by releasing negative emotional energy.
  • Enjoy learning a new daily routine that is designed to reduce inflammation, while simultaneously promoting improved liver strength, digestion, and assimilation.
  • For an additional cost, receive a pulse assessment to more intimately know your body’s constitution and what food choices are right for you. Please contact the spa reception at 828-264-8382 to reserve this additional service.
 

About the teachers

 

Poornima Sharma

Poornima is a certified yoga instructor and Health Coach with a Ph.D. in Foods & Nutrition and a special focus on obesity, diabetes, and iron deficiency. As a Health Coach, Poornima has had the pleasure of helping individuals from all walks of life take part in empowerment programs that leverage breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation to reduce stress and promote healthier lifestyles. She is also a RYT-200 certified yoga and meditation teacher with the Art of Living and looks forward to helping people focus on eating well, living well, and embracing mindful living to enjoy both positive inner transformations and outer dynamism. With the Poornima’s help, you can let food become your medicine and mindfulness your guide for better living.

 

Schedule

Timings: Fri: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Sat: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sun: 9:30 am -12:00 pm

Friday7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 1: Introduction; Orientation; What is Inflammation? Causes, Symptoms and Effects of Inflammation; Group share

Saturday9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session 2: Managing Inflammation: A Western and Eastern Perspective. Understanding Inflammation for different body types (Vata, Pitta Kapha); Anti-inflammatory Foods & Super Foods; Experimenting with foods- hands-on experience; Recipes

Sunday9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Session 3: Exploring and learning some tools and techniques to manage/reduce inflammation with Diet, Exercise, Yoga, Stretching, Pranayama (Breathing techniques)- Meditation


Vibrant Health with Ayurveda

By Liviu
November 30, 2017

Discover how to live a healthier, happier and more wholesome life.

Join us as we explore Ayurveda, a time-tested ancient way of healing and maintaining health. This ancient science has helped people for thousands of years to maintain high levels of energy and balance, and to correct any imbalances as they occur in the system.

The program is an ideal retreat for anyone looking to live a more balanced life. Learn rejuvenating secrets from this sister science of yoga, as well as practical steps to plan your day for higher energy, better health, and deeper rest.

During this program, we will:

  • Discover the tradition of Ayurveda
  • Explore the ayurvedic daily routine
  • Relate it to our personal health goals
  • Learn realistic approaches
  • Includes Yoga and Meditation classes, and a Ayurveda treatment

Ideal retreat for anyone looking to live a more balanced life.

About the teacher

Kimberly Rossi, director of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, has been studying, practicing, and teaching Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda classes and workshops for seventeen years. Kim is a Kripalu Ayurveda Counselor. A certified yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, Kim believes these paths assist us in being the very best version of our self.


Schedule

Friday 7:00-8:30pm
Saturday 9:30-12:00pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30am


Natural Beauty with Ayurveda

By Liviu
November 30, 2017
 

Overview

Are you looking for natural remedies to keep your skin and hair beautiful? Are you tired of commercial beauty products that often leave your body feeling worse in the long term? Ayurveda is a time-tested ancient practice of wellness at the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Join Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant and Marma Instructor Revathi Raghavan for a practical session on natural skin and hair remedies to keep your skin and hair young, healthy, and beautiful.

This workshop will help you:

• Embrace and enhance your inner and outer beauty with natural self-care
• Learn to let your true self shine through
• Increase your confidence and nurture self-love

The program includes a Shankara Ayurveda facial treatment.

About the teacher

Revathi Raghavan is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and specialist in Marma Chikitsa. Originally from South India, Revathi pursued advanced degrees in engineering and information science before reawakening to the beautiful traditions of Ayurveda in America. After intensive study in yoga and Ayurveda, she now combines her professional background in Ayurveda with yoga practices to help clients feel stress-free, healthy and radiantly beautiful from the inside out. A joy to be with and learn from, this is Revathi’s second year leading programs at the Art of Living Retreat Center.

Women’s Transitions: Graceful Aging

By Liviu
November 30, 2017
 

Overview

Our menstrual cycles are intimately tied to our health – the food we put into our bodies, the stresses we are under, the emotions we experience, and our mental and spiritual well-being. Ayurveda teaches that our cycles are an excellent indicator of our overall well-being. If you transform your health, you transform your cycle. Join Kim Rossi and Medha Garud for this workshop for women of all ages to come together to learn how to weave the wisdom of Ayurveda into our lifecycles.

In this workshop, we will explore:

• The power of aligning yourself with nature’s rhythms
• How to lovingly navigate your changing hormones through all of life’s seasons
• The relationship our health has with our menstrual cycles
• The empowering connection shared between women in all stages of life
• Includes Abhyanga Massage at the Shankara Ayurveda Spa

About the teachers

Kim Rossi

Kimberly Rossi, director of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, has been studying, practicing, and teaching Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda classes and workshops for seventeen years. A certified yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, Kim believes these paths assist us in being the very best version of our self.

Medha Garud


Medha Garud is an experienced Ayurvedic consultant and has been extensively trained in Ayurveda at the International Art of Living Foundation’s Panchakarma Center and the Sri Sri Ayurveda Hospital in Bangalore, India. Medha trained with the world-renowned Ayurvedic practitioner, Dr Vasant Lad as well as leading Ayurvedic expert Dr Suhas Kshirsagar. Medha coordinates the Ayurveda and Panchakarma programs at Art of Living’s Shankara Ayurveda Spa. She is also an Art of Living teacher, yoga teacher and registered therapist, a member of the International Yoga Therapy Association, and a licensed physical and massage therapist. Medha considers herself a life-long student of mindfulness, meditation and yoga, always on the path of growth.

Ayurveda Culinary Retreat

By Liviu
November 30, 2017

Overview

Become your own wellness alchemist with renowned Ayurvedic cooking instructor Nalini Mehta. During this program, we will explore the different dosha body types and how best to nourish them throughout each season. The Vata dosha, easily aggravated by cold, windy, and dry conditions, is susceptible to imbalance during the winter months. In summer, the Pitta dosha benefits from extra dietary care and attention, and the Kapha dosha can become unstable in the transitional seasons of autumn and spring. Lean how to best nourish your body type and thrive in every season, through Nalini’s masterful demonstrations of authentic ayurvedic food preparation. This program will walk you through theory, recipes, and dietary strategies to keep you healthy, happy, and whole all year!

 

Also includes 1 Ayurveda treatment!

 

• Learn to cook delicious meals with fresh, seasonal ingredients
• Deepen your understanding of your dosha
• Reconnect with yourself and your body’s unique dietary needs
• Feel vital and nourished year-round

About the Teacher


Nalini started teaching Ayurveda cooking classes 12 in NYC years ago . She began her career in the food industry as a culinary instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health followed by Whole Foods Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education and NY Open Center teaching vegetarian cooking classes. She has also worked at Candle Café restaurant and Hampton Chutney in New York City.
She has been a speaker at several institutes like Baruch College, Rubin Museum of Art and Princeton University, United Nations Spice Club. Her classes seemed to fan people’s passion, curiosity and interest in a unique experience of India through its holistic food.
Through RTI she offers an array of vegetarian cooking classes options all rooted in the science and philosophy of Ayurveda along with annual Ayurveda Culinary trips to India.Today RTI has shared this rich culinary experience with over 1500 people by offering public and online classes as well as corporate team building courses

Early Bird registration ends July 27th at 11:59 pm EST.

Ayurveda Culinary Retreat

By Liviu
November 30, 2017

Overview

Become your own wellness alchemist with renowned Ayurvedic cooking instructor Nalini Mehta. During this program, we will explore the different dosha body types and how best to nourish them throughout each season. The Vata dosha, easily aggravated by cold, windy, and dry conditions, is susceptible to imbalance during the winter months. In summer, the Pitta dosha benefits from extra dietary care and attention, and the Kapha dosha can become unstable in the transitional seasons of autumn and spring. Lean how to best nourish your body type and thrive in every season, through Nalini’s masterful demonstrations of authentic ayurvedic food preparation. This program will walk you through theory, recipes, and dietary strategies to keep you healthy, happy, and whole all year!

 

Also includes 1 Ayurveda treatment!

 

• Learn to cook delicious meals with fresh, seasonal ingredients
• Deepen your understanding of your dosha
• Reconnect with yourself and your body’s unique dietary needs
• Feel vital and nourished year-round

About the Teacher


Nalini started teaching Ayurveda cooking classes 12 in NYC years ago . She began her career in the food industry as a culinary instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health followed by Whole Foods Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education and NY Open Center teaching vegetarian cooking classes. She has also worked at Candle Café restaurant and Hampton Chutney in New York City.
She has been a speaker at several institutes like Baruch College, Rubin Museum of Art and Princeton University, United Nations Spice Club. Her classes seemed to fan people’s passion, curiosity and interest in a unique experience of India through its holistic food.
Through RTI she offers an array of vegetarian cooking classes options all rooted in the science and philosophy of Ayurveda along with annual Ayurveda Culinary trips to India.Today RTI has shared this rich culinary experience with over 1500 people by offering public and online classes as well as corporate team building courses

Early Bird registration ends July 27th at 11:59 pm EST.