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3 Days The Art of Living Happiness Yoga Holiday in North Carolina, USA

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

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.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily workshop sessions
  • Daily mediation sessions
  • Sudarshan Krya technique
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Delicious local meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.


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.


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


  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 18:30 Session one; the secret of the breath


  • 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


  • 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

Retreat location

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Spa treatments

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.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All classes and workshops
  • All meals
  • Tuition for the Happiness Program

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.


  • 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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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