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3 Days The Art of Living Happiness Yoga Retreat in USA

  • Art of Living Center, 639 Whispering Hills Road, Boone, North Carolina, USA

Overview

North Carolina Yoga Retreat USA

In todays demanding, distracting world the mind is stuck in the past and the future. But happiness is here and now. It cannot be experienced when one is stuck regretting yesterday or worried about tomorrow. As an Art of Living course participant you will learn to master several practical and powerful tools that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily workshop sessions
  • Daily mediation sessions
  • Sudarshan Krya technique
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Delicious local meals
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Seventeen comfortable, heated residential apartments and hotel rooms house retreat participants and staff, many featuring stunning views of the beautiful, natural setting.Located on a valley ridge in The Spa, these rooms offer incredible vistas of either the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains or the quiet magic of the forest. The rooms have king-sized beds with private bathroom and mountain and forest views.

Retreat rooms

Comfortable and simple, these rooms are located along the Eastern mountain slope and are a great option for those who desire peaceful relaxation accompanied by the music of the forest. The rooms have two twin beds per room with a private bathroom and mountain and forest views.

Apartments

A select number of loft suites with spectacular views are available for longer stays of eight days or more. They can accommodate up to four guests and have a kitchenette with fridge, a flat screen television, stove-top, sink, and storage space, as well as a private bathroom, washer and dryer, plenty of closet space, and south-facing deck overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains. These units are ideal for a personal retreat and for those who would like to extend their stay with the community for a longer time.

Through the Art of Living course this potential is set free and you gain a greater vision of who you are. You find you have the power to create a joyous life that is on-purpose, the confidence to stretch and grow beyond limiting beliefs, and the ability to lead a deeply fulfilling life with: reduced stress, greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm, more confidence, and more ease in interpersonal skills. During the Art of Living course, you will discover your unlimited power and freedom not as a concept, but as a direct experience.

Sudarshan Kriya

The centerpiece of the Art of Living course is the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful technique that uses specific, natural rhythms to get you unstuck. Sudarshan Kriya, time tested based on ancient Vedic knowledge, yields continued growth.

Schedule

Session 1

  • The secret of the breath at 18:30 on Friday evening.

Session 2

  • The rhythms of life at 09:30 on Saturday morning.

Session 3

  • Deepening your experience at 14:30 on Saturday afternoon.

Session 4

  • Coming to the present moment at 09:30 on Sunday morning.

Session 5

  • New beginnings: home practice at 14:00 on Sunday afternoon.

Daily sample schedule

Friday

  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 16:30 Session one; the secret of the breath

Saturday

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Session two; the rhythms of life
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:15 Nature walk or free-time
  • 14:00 Session three: deepening the experience
  • 17:30 Free time or optional treatment
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Kirtan or free time

Sunday

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Session four; coming to the present moment
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:15 Nature walk or free-time
  • 14:00 Session five: New beginnings; home practice

Philip Fraser

Philip Fraser is a long-time teacher of meditation for beginners and advanced students and an inspired artist on the Indian flute. Having forty years of experience, Philip brings to his teaching a rare combination of mystery and melody, soul-stirring silence, and beautiful music. He weaves these two strands of sound and silence effortlessly together to facilitate life-transforming retreats.

A close disciple of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar since the late eighties, Philip was made one of the first teachers of "the Art of Living’s basic" and advanced programs worldwide.

Since then, he has spent over two decades on the road, sharing these powerful techniques and developing centers of meditation and wisdom in Bangalore; India, Canada, Washington D.C, Los Angeles, and now the Southeastern USA. He feels that teaching is sharing a practice that gives something on the other side of happiness.

John Osborne

John Osborne is a graduate of Hamilton College, and Yale Divinity School where he received a degree with an emphasis on pastoral counseling. He has been teaching mind, body, and stress management techniques since 1975, with the Art of Living since 1989. He currently serves as the national director of project "Welcome Home Troops", which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of returning veterans and their families through mind and body practices.

Doctor Venkat Srinivasan

Doctor Venkat Srinivasan is the Facility manager for the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He went on to work for Texas Instruments company in Dallas as a research scientist in the microelectronics packaging reliability division.

His research was focused on computational fracture mechanics and thermo-mechanical reliability applied to the semiconductor industry. After a successful 3-year stint at Texas Instruments, he decided to switch careers and work full-time with the non-profit Art of Living foundation in August 2011.

Poornima Sharma

Poornima holds a Ph.D. in foods and nutrition with focus on research in obesity and diabetes and teaching graduate programs. Apart from her work in nutrition, she has been teaching Art of Living programs for over ten years.

Andrew Keaveney

Andrew Keaveney is an Art of Living teacher and Director of Digital Media at the Art of Living retreat center. He graduated with honors from Stanford University with a major in film and Buddhist studies before moving to the Art of Living, where he spent four years involved in service projects, film making, deepening his understanding of meditation and yoga, studying Sanskrit, and learning and performing Vedic pujas. He speaks several languages and has taught in South Asia and North America. In addition to teaching, he also has an interest in film, creative writing, and landscape painting.

Siegfried Meier

Siegfried was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After Graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in psychology, he embarked on a colorful soul-searching journey to find his life’s work. He held jobs in diverse fields that spanned from petroleum exploration to the restaurant business to e-commerce to medical research. None of these jobs brought an end to his search. It was only after joining the Art of Living that he finally found what he was looking for and realized his true calling was to be of service to others. Shorty after, he became an instructor for the Art of Living and has dedicated his life to spread the knowledge and joy he found with others.

The Art of Living Retreat Center, set in the serene and magnanimous Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Watch the sun rise over endless mountaintops, rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic treatment at the spa, or feel the quiet of a walk in the forest.

The retreat center supports both community groups and transformative solo travelers. This is a place to make all your own, and the staff is here to help you do just that.

The main meditation center stands on the mountaintop near the dining hall and other residential facilities. Following ancient architectural principles, the hall is designed to lift the spirit and focus the mind. The main meditation hall holds up to 3,700 people.

The meditation center, also houses seven other halls, which can support retreat groups, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, corporate retreats, church groups, and student retreats ranging from 15 to 200 people.

The main dining hall measures 41,000 square feet and is built to offer incredible views of the mountains and sunrise.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
General
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Labyrinth
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Conference room
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance nearby
  • Wedding

Drawing on influences from the local harvest in Boone to Bombay and even the Caribbean, the chefs aim to please the palate with vegetarian nourishment that will leave you deeply satisfied. The Art of Living Retreat Center grows a variety of fresh and delicious fruits, vegetables, and flowers right here. The garden is as much a place for nourishment of the body as it is a place of nourishment for the soul. Walk the paths as many staff, volunteers, and journeyers have before.

Fire circle

Theres no better way to close the day than a fire circle under the stars! If youre interested, Art of Living Retreat Center can arrange lovely, end-of-day gatherings for those who wish to come and sing or chat by the warmth of the open fire.

Hiking

The center is situated on 380 acres of forested mountain. Two trails meander through the woods here, and several nearby trails, offer experienced hikers miles of in-depth exploration. Majestic sights and clean mountain air await you.

Kirtan

Allow yourself to settle in for a soul-stirring session of community singing with an emphasis on both ancient chant and modern melodies. Kirtan happens nightly and is a community gathering for all staff, volunteers, and all interested guests.

Labyrinth

People around the world have used labyrinths for centuries as a walking metaphor for the pilgrims journey, as a way to open the mind to the present moment and stay centered. The labyrinth allows for this inner journey in a unique, mountain setting.

Nearby

Boone is famous as a vacation destination, with miles of scenic trails, serene lakes, historic sites, climbable cliffs, ski slopes, horseback riding, whitewater rapids, and kayaking spots, local Appalachian music, and delightful dining just steps away.

Pottery

In the pottery studio, you are free to play and learn. Join anytime to explore your creativity on your own schedule. In your class, you can gain hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand building, and decorating handmade pots.

Abhyanga-shiro combo (180 USD for 120 minutes)

Combine the Abhyanga and Shirodhara treatments for deeper relaxation.

Ayurveda health consultation (108 USD)

Gain insights into your health and personal constitution from the perspective of the ancient science of Ayurveda. The consultation includes a pulse assessment, a non-invasive, precise method of analysis.

Ayurvedic relaxation therapy (115 USD for 60 minutes)

Because of the profound effects it has upon the consciousness, it has often been called bliss therapy. Shirodhara is a continuous pouring of warm oil in a slow steady stream on the forehead that helps to pacify the subtle aspects of the doshas: nourishing the nervous system, promoting relaxation and tranquility, and improving mental clarity and comprehension. When done in a series, it can help with various neurological and mental imbalances as well. Its benefits are greatly enhanced if they follow a therapeutic massage or Abhyanga, when the body is already relaxed and in a very receptive state.

Clear breath support (80 USD for 45 minutes)

Nasal therapy is a traditional and very effective way of cleansing and clearing the airways and sinus cavities. The process of administering medicated oils into the nasal cavity relieves kapha and excess vata in the head and neck areas. Highly recommended for headaches, allergies, and other head, neck, ear, and throat problems.

Deep tissue massage (55 USD for 30 minutes, 95 USD for 50 minutes, 135 USD for 80 minutes)

  • A deeper, pressured massage that focuses on muscle pain and tension.

Detoxifying herbal massage (110 USD for 60 minutes)

One of the worlds oldest massage therapy techniques, warm oil is rhythmically massaged into your body, loosening toxins, relaxing the nervous system, and providing profound rest, nourishment, and rejuvenation.

Eye bathing (110 USD for 60 minutes)

Netra Tarpana is the act of bathing the eyes in ghee (clarified butter). It nourishes, strengthens, and helps to detoxify the eyes, relieving tiredness, excess fiery emotions, and improving eyesight. It is highly recommended for people who regularly work on computers, operate machinery, drive for long periods, or anyone who is currently suffering from tired, aching, and sore eyes.

Head, hands, feet (110 USD for 60 minutes)

A delightful combination of exfoliation, moisturizing, and massage for your hands and feet followed by an energizing scalp massage to replenish you physically and emotionally.

Herbal exfoliation treatment (110 USD for 60 minutes)

Herbal powders are massaged into the body, increasing circulation, and revitalizing the skin. This invigorating full-body treatment leaves the skin glowing and supports overall detoxification.

Hot stone oil massage (140 USD for 60 minutes)

This is an ancient practice in which hot basalt stones are placed on core centers of your body for a deep massage that promotes healing and longevity by releasing tension and connecting the flow of prana (vital energy) throughout the body. This balances the physical body, stimulating the circulatory system, softening muscles, helping to release toxins, and relieving pain and muscle spasms. And, it also affects the subtler, emotional body, inducing a state of deep relaxation.

Replenishing energy treatment (110 USD for 60 minutes)

Regarded by Sri Sri as the most restorative treatment for the body and mind, Marma stimulates specific energy points that rejuvenate the vital organs of the body, settle the nervous system, and pacify the doshas. The Marma facial treatment is included.

Shankara facial (55 USD for 30 minutes, 95 USD for 50 minutes)

  • Everyones skin is different. For that reason, all facial treatments are customized for your skin type, using a signature Shankara product line.

Swedish massage (55 USD for 30 minutes, 95 USD for 50 minutes, 135 USD for 80 minutes)

  • A light-to-medium massage that works to alleviate stress and minor pain.

Thai massage (95 USD for 50 minutes, 135 USD for 80 minutes)

  • Assisted stretching and massage combine in one of the most relaxing and therapeutic massages ever created.
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All classes and workshops
  • All meals
  • Tuition for the Happiness Program

Arrival by airplane

There are several airports within driving distance from the Art of Living Retreat Center. You can fly into either of the following airports: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI), Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), or Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Arrival by shuttle

  • From Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), shuttles such as Hickory Hop go to Boone daily.

Distances

  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), 100 miles
  • Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), 110 miles
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) - 3.5 hours
  • Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI), 80 miles
For information about the booking conditions, please send Art of Living Retreat Center an inquiry.
  • Review by NaturalLiving37 from Florida

    "Came to A.O.L. after reading several great Trip Advisor reviews and also friends recommending. My family of four traveled here in December 2015 for the Happiness Program and the kids programs (ART EXCEL and YES). It is so difficult to sum up the entire experience but it was AMAZING and I/we would go back again in a heartbeat. I can review the retreat programs, hotel, spa, dining hall, and kids programs. "

    "Hotel at Retreat area (not the spa hotel)-Clean, Comfortable beds, nice size for family of 4, extra room with small bed in addition to main room with 2 queens, mini fridge, nice size bathroom, complimentary fruit and organic ayurvedic teas in the lobby (my favorite part) and very nice on cold days. "

    "Dining Hall/Food:-You can get a meal plan when you attend a retreat program. I recommend this. Please be aware the food is vegetarian/vegan-Clean and plenty of room with breathtaking views of the mountains all around-ample supply of fruit/teas/filtered water-Nice selection of healthy salad, fruit, soup, and entrees at Lunch and Dinner "

    "Programs:-Amazing staff and teachers that guide you through the programs-Life changing experience for adults and kids/teens-Wear comfortable clothes so you can do breathing exercises, stretch, do yoga, sit for long periods-Very authentic people teaching with a passion for what they do-ART Excel and YES programs are great for helping kids deal with stress/life challenges"

    "SPA:- Nice environment, clean, exercise room, steam room, organic teas, fruit complimentary-Treatments are mainly Ayurvedic with some a few mainstream spa treatments-Knowledgeable staff and friendly -You can stay in the hotel at the spa and do the detox (Panchakarma) programs"

    "Overall, we had such beautiful experience and where were there over New's Year and got a opportunity to see how the AOL celebrates the holidays (Yoga raves and all kinds of great kirtins). We bonded with serveral of the people we meet in our program as did our kids. It was a life changing experience we will never forget. "

    "Special thanks to Shyam, Brian S., Mehda, Narcissio, and Harry. There are so many to thank but you all made this experience the best!"

    "Stayed December 2015"

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  • Review by Christina Tucker from Frederick, MD
    10 out of 10

    "If I remember correctly, this place already has five stars and that is not by coincidence! Show up with an open-mind, no expectations (i.e. you have no idea what you're getting into), and a strong desire for a refreshing perspective (or maybe an attitude adjustment). **You will get out of this what you put into it.** You can leave with a full belly and a full heart. GREAT food, and all three meals included. I'm an omnivore but the vegetarian fare did not ever leave me unsatisfied (it's buffet style, eat a little extra if you want). INCREDIBLE mountain views that a camera can barely do justice but you can soak up from the dining room. AMAZING staff, all so friendly and welcoming. It requires some follow-up but I think it is going to be worth it. How can we expect happiness to happen without a little follow-up? You will get out of it what you put into it. Totally worth the trip. I rate this retreat, All the Stars."

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  • Review by a traveler from Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

    "The amenities and staff were beyond wonderful as was the delicious, healthy, vegan meals. The rooms were clean and has the most sublime views of the Blueridge Mountains.As for the Happiness retreat itself... Words cannot describe it. Literally. I arrived with 25 strangers and left with a deep love of each one of them in their own unique and special way. I was moved to tears, I laughed, I smiled, I worked, I relaxed more deeply than I thought humanly possible. If you are here reading this, then run (don't walk) to the program nearest you and let the next beautiful chapter of your life begin."

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  • Review by Kimberlee from North Carolina, USA

    "What an awe-inspiring place. Beautiful scenery, retreat awesome, spa was phenomenal. All staff was extremely friendly and went above, and beyond to assist in any way possible. Food was delicious. Our retreat leader Shakeel was extraordinary, Medha in the spa remarkable, and Jordan, Heather, Kristin, and Katie the perfect example of what true customer service should look like. I left relaxed and rejuvenated, and will definitely be back"

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  • Review by Tara F. from Georgia, USA

    "I was here for a photography convention with my daughter. Hotel style room was lovely, big picture window looking out to the woods. Comfy beds, and plenty of room, amazing amount of closet space. Hot water for tea, coffee, fresh fruit right at the entrance to our building, very nice touch. We were able to walk to the dining hall, and all the workshops and lectures very easily. It rained the whole time we were there 4 days, but we still had a great time. The food at the dining hall was disappointing. In fairness we are not vegetarians, and the menu didn't have many choices. A couple of mixed foods each meal and a salad with two topping choices (nuts and cranberries), and only two dressing choices (Vinaigrette and Blue Cheese). I would have loved to see more of a salad bar, tomatoes, cucumbers anyone? Maybe a potato bar? More things that you could customize."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "What an amazing property, too much to cover. We stayed for a weekend at the spa section. Amazing private beautiful mountain views from our window. Hiking trails, lots of quiet and solitude plus a super friendly, and accommodating staff. We included meals in our package, all vegetarian with ample gluten free choices, and buffet style. Varied specialty tea options everywhere, participated in meditation sessions, and more. We have not had any spa treatments or pottery classes. Maybe next time. Do arrive in the daylight as it's hard to navigate the winding roads at night."

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  • Review by Watson from Florida, USA

    "I have been to several retreat places around the world and this is probably the best. The location, environment is outstanding, the food is great, and the lodging is excellent. Would recommend it to anyone!"

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  • Review by Abhaya K.

    "I have been to the Art of Living Retreat Center couple of times. Always had a wonderful experience. The place is serene with beautiful mountains surrounding it. Rooms are comfortable, people are very friendly. and the food is excellent."

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  • Review by Vinod K.

    "My wife and I had been to Art of Living Retreat center three times now in past year. This place is mesmerizing, very peaceful and rejuvenating. Our stay was very pleasant, great service and food. We even found a free shuttle service to move short distances. Never miss a chance to be at the best place you can be for vacations or to take a break from your busy schedule to relax. We plan to visit again. Thank you for great hospitality."

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  • Review by Mihireng from Chicago, USA

    "This is the second time we visited Ashram. We drove from Chicago, so it is around 10-hour drive. But when you reach Aashram, everything just dissolve. Volunteer at check-in are always helpful and accommodating to the need. It is located in beautiful place from where you can see complete smoky mountain valley. It feels so refreshing just to enjoy the view that cannot be expressed in words. There is spa treatment too which I mean to try but I have heard from my friends it is the most relaxing experience they have had."

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  • Review by Anoopi from Texas, USA

    "I've been to the Art of Living Retreat Center about eight or ten times, and most of my visits have been on silence retreat programs with the Art of Living, which I recommend very highly. The retreat-style housing is what I usually get; there are spa and hotel rooms available as well. The simple and delicious food (included as part of the retreat programs), the meditations, the walks on the mountainside, the crisp mountain air in the mornings, and the company of like-minded seekers, all make this place a home away from home. Needless to say, I'll be back."

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  • Review by Vikram from Wisconsin, USA

    "The rest and calm that I craved for, I got here. Location is picture perfect, after a long time I saw shooting stars in the night from the room window. I think I actually saw the Milky Way. Trees touching the skies covering the lovely mountains like a carpet. It helps you appreciate Mother Nature and the abundance with which nature loves us. A must see and stay for everyone. Our family completely enjoyed the stay and the team made it so comfortable and hassle free. A big thank you!"

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  • Review by Nicole K from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

    "I came up for the afternoon for a few services on a solo trip. It started with a meditation, and the teacher gave a nice overview of the many benefits and different purposes that it brings. I then had a deep tissue massage that was very nice! The meditation was free but the massage was a little pricey-$95 for 55 minutes. If I hadn't been on a trip I wouldn't dream of paying that much. However I did get to wait in the tea room, I was the only one in there and it was peaceful and quiet. I did not try the tea but there was no charge for that. The views were incredible however it was rainy and foggy that day so I didn't get to have the full experience. It was something nice and fun to try."

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  • Review by Christine from Canada

    "As a health care professional, I know the importance of self-care, and this was a gift that I gave myself. The staff, the center the surroundings here were absolutely fabulous and struck me very deeply."

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  • Review by a Peggy from Ohio, USA

    "Id done reading on Ayurveda and Ive tried to adopt it to my life. You read the book, but if you dont have someone boiling it down to some practical ways to utilize it and actually showing you. I didnt know Id learn so much I could take home with me. They make it common sense and practical."

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  • Review by Mehul from California, USA

    "It was very peaceful and I enjoyed the scenery. The diet was designed in such a way that I feel very light and I think I lost a few pounds. My back was actually quite tight and jammed, so that it was hard to lift much. What was amazing to me is that Dr. Lokesh did a nasya treatment, and instantly my back started feeling better."

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Boone, North Carolina, United States

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