Prediabetes, Diabetes, and Weight Loss Wellness Program & Retreat

10 Day Retreat

BOONE, NC

+7-day at home pre-cleanse
+6-Month Coaching
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Whole New World
Samia G.
“I had no energy when I came in. My metabolism was low. Now, I feel great with a lot of energy and I lost almost 8 pounds. Very happy!”
127 Google Reviews
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5/5
“Light – both mentally and physically. I am so grateful” – Katie P.

Almost 10% of Americans have diabetes, and the number is rising. Individuals becoming prediabetic is growing too, and diagnosed in one out of every three Americans—which left untreated develops into type 2 diabetes. Of adults diagnosed with diabetes, over 87% are overweight, 43% obese, and another 17% severely obese. Being even slightly overweight increases diabetes risk five times, and being seriously obese increases the risk of having diabetes by 60 times. Of all the causes of type 2 diabetes, obesity remains the number one factor. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in America and it “has been suggested that obesity is second only to smoking as a preventable cause of death.

Conventional treatments come with additional challenges – diabetes medications often have harsh side effects; most cause diarrhea, weight gain, and weakness, and some even induce genital infections, inflammation of the pancreas, and severe nausea, and potentially increase the risk of lower limb amputation. Some of these medications can actually make diabetes worse, especially when they cause weight gain. When it comes to weight-loss, in a western approach, the options are limited and include dietary changes, exercise and activity, behavioral changes, weight-loss medications, and surgery. Weight-loss medications come with inherent risks and side-effects and may lose their effectiveness over time. Also, once the medication is no longer taken, there is the chance the weight loss will be regained. In terms of weight-loss surgery, it can be effective, but it is not guaranteed an individual will lose weight, and there are lots of associated risks. 

With such a challenging outlook for those with diabetes and obesity in our country, it’s clear that we need a new approach outside of conventional methods.

Ayurveda is a transformative health care and wellness system effective for centuries in the holistic management of health conditions and the restoration of well-being and optimal vitality. It is a natural, effective way to approach diabetes and weight gain through time-tested methods of detoxification, rekindling the digestive fire, diet and lifestyle—unique to Ayurvedic principles. Clients often report weight loss, a reduction in medication, increased energy, improved stress management, enhanced quality of life, and more.

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Ayurveda Explains Prediabetes, Diabetes, and Weight Gain

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Sandy G.
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“I dropped weight. I feel lighter mentally and physically. Lost inches. I feel stronger. Lovely balance of everything, from walking to yoga to breath and food. The food was delicious, a true feast for all senses. I typically eat meat and did not miss it at all.”

Our Holistic Approach to Addressing Prediabetes, Diabetes, and Weight Loss

Rick P.
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“Calmer, regular bowel movement, no more caffeine addiction, more energy. I felt at home and safe. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating. Special thanks to Ayurveda team at Shankara. Everything was clean and well kept. Although we had a restricted diet, I loved it. Thank-you! The care and attention received, my fellow participants. Really felt at home here. As our doctor said ‘Feel like a baby at home.”

Shankara: Authentic Ayurveda

Experience our award-winning Ayurveda health facility at Shankara Ayurveda Spa located deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We combine ancient Ayurveda with contemporary wellness to bring you the ultimate therapeutic experience.

Our team of Ayurvedic doctors, practitioners, highly-trained therapists, and esteemed board-certified western medicine doctor are dedicated to providing excellence in Ayurvedic health and well-being. Together, we specialize in individualized holistic care to the whole mind-body complex and the management of health conditions.

From the moment you arrive, we take care of everything so you can focus on what matters most—your health and well-being.

Relax and rejuvenate in the deeply healing and restful setting of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, and enjoy a blend of facilities to support your well-being, including a relaxation room, steam room, movement studio, dedicated dining area, and a cooking demonstration kitchen. 

Your journey to health and vitality begins here.

Cindy B.
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“My experience was better than I expected. I felt nurtured and safe with all the one on one attention. It is very much a magical sanctuary. The people have been amazing with attention to details and personal. The food was very nourishing. Eating 3 meals a day I felt satisfied and rarely thought about snacking. I am so grateful for the doctors at Shankara Ayurveda. Some of the most nurturing human beings I’ve ever met and I will never forget them.”

This Retreat Will Transform Your Life

healthier-body

Healthier Body

  • Feel lighter
  • Restore healthy digestion
  • Increase energy
  • Reduce medication
  • Improve strength
  • Boost your immune system
healthier-mind

Healthier Mind

  • Manage stress effectively
  • Experience a calm mind
  • Feel more relaxed
  • Enhance quality of life
  • Experience mental clarity & vitality
healthier-soul

Healthier Soul

  • Deepen your connection to what matters most
  • Establish practices to support mind, body, & soul
  • Be part of a supportive community
  • Experience greater contentment
healthier-senses

Healthier Senses

  • Improve your relationship with food
  • Establish healthy eating patterns
  • Restore your sense of taste
  • Gain new & enjoyable approaches to living well​

Testimonials

Reviews

Whole New World
Samia G.
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"I had no energy when I came in. My metabolism was low. Now, I feel great with a lot of energy and I lost almost 8 pounds. Very happy! The hospitality were extremely nice people, very polite and helpful. I’m so grateful to have had this experience at the retreat and have met wonderful people that have changed my life. I see the world and myself from a different angle"
I Dropped Weight
Sandy G.
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“I dropped weight. I feel lighter mentally and physically. Lost inches. I feel stronger. Lovely balance of everything, from walking to yoga to breath and food. The food was delicious, a true feast for all senses. I typically eat meat and did not miss it at all”
Feel at Home
Rick P.
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“Calmer, regular bowel movement, no more caffeine addiction, more energy. I felt at home and safe. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating. Special thanks to Ayurveda team at Shankara. Everything was clean and well kept. Although we had a restricted diet, I loved it. Thank-you! The care and attention received, my fellow participants. Really felt at home here. As our doctor said ‘Feel like a baby at home”
Better Than Expected
Cindy B.
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“My experience was better than I expected. I felt nurtured and safe with all the one on one attention. It is very much a magical sanctuary. The people have been amazing with attention to details and personal. The food was very nourishing. Eating 3 meals a day I felt satisfied and rarely thought about snacking. I am so grateful for the doctors at Shankara Ayurveda. Some of the most nurturing human beings I’ve ever met and I will never forget them.”
Overcome Food Addictions
Nick G.
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“Great experience. When I came in, I was like “what did I get myself into.” But now I am so excited to have gotten over my tea/coffee & sugar addictions. Enjoyed all pampering treatments and ayurvedic knowledge session”
Changed my Habits
Marty S.
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“Enjoyed - very interesting - all were very knowledgeable and it motivated me to change my eating habits and increase exercise”
Mentally & Physically Light
Katie P.
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“Light- both mentally and physically. I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience this bliss”
More Energy and Clarity
Rosie A.
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“I feel lighter, physically and energetically. My body and skin feels amazing and I have so much more energy and clairity”
Bloating & Aches Gone!
Vickie L.
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“Feel really good - bloating gone - regular aches gone - cravings gone”
Clarmer and Clearer
Irina D.
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“My mind is calmer and clearer with better focus and deeper sleep. My body is 5 pounds lighter with less pain in problem areas. The grounds are beautiful, serene and uplifting views, awesome food and very good energy”
Less Bloated & Stressed
Jen V.
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“I am feeling less bloated, lighter, less stressed, and rested. The experience was great, it was not easy but I don’t think it’s intended to be. Very grateful for the doctors at Shankara Spa. The grounds are beautiful and I look forward to returning and exploring more. I am more grateful for the kindness of the staff and time to decompress, especially during the treatments”
Brand New Person
Alice W.
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“Oh my goodness. A world of a difference. I feel like a brand new person”
Issues & Symptoms Improved
Lisa L.
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“I feel the blockage is removed. I’m so happy and so back to center. All issues and symptoms which use to bother me got improved.”
Very Special & Meaningful!
Autara B.
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“Heartfelt thanks to each of you for helping to make our visit to Shankara Ayurveda and Art of Living Retreat so very special and meaningful”
More clarity, more brightness!
Laura S.
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“More clarity, more brightness. I feel lighter, healthier, more centered and grounded. I learned so much this week from everyone and I’m so grateful for their openness, for their kindness, encouragement and support”
Difficult but Worth It!
Molly W.
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"I feel happier and lighter. I loved my experience and definitely plan to come back. The virechana day was difficult but worth it”
No More Junk!
Frank G.
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“I feel good. I have cut down eating junk and feel much lighter. The venue in the mountains in very refreshing. The food was good, we ate good kitchari. I am most grateful for the opportunity to go through the process. I feel much better.”
Bloatedness Gone!
Wrenette G.
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“I am feeling lighter! My mental attitude has improved. My bloated belly is gone. I am so grateful for the loving support.”
Definitely Healing!
Margaret G.
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“Big change, I am definitely healing! The venue is a beautiful place with loving supportive people.”
Lost Weight!
Smiltha A.
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“I lost weight and it was a really great experience. I got to learn a lot on Ayurveda and panchakarma treatments and techniques and about diet. It was very relaxing and beautiful. All the therapist were nice and caring. I like the vegetables, digestive, fruits cooking and the kitchari.”
Much Lighter
Elizabeth M.
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“I feel much lighter and emotionally I feel great overall. The experience was great with noticeable results. The food was great. Although we had to eat similar things for a few days for the cleanse I was grateful that the chef made some variations to the same recipe so it wasn’t monotonous.”
Best Food Ever
Cheryl K.
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“I enjoyed the food more than I could have ever imagined. It was wonderful, we were well taken care of and everything was so well organized. Everyone was welcoming and friendly and willing to help.”
Excellent Experience
Michelle C.
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“The breath is mindful, I am at peace with my body, my mind is happy and calm and my body feels good. I am even a little sore from the simple movements. My experience was excellent in every way with so much peace and space to decompress. The food was delicious I ate too much and it’s way too good.”
A Million Times Better
Michelle M.
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“I was exhausted, depleted, and concerned about my health. I feel a million times better than I expect. I have the energy to look forward to returning to my life. The whole experience was healing, peaceful and I’d like to do this two times a year. I only ate the cleanse food, which was what I expected and it was great! I loved talking to the chef who talk us about the garden and the ingredients.”
Feel At Home
Elise J.
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“I changed physically, mentally, and now have a new healthy way of living. The staff was very good, they took it as their responsibility to do whatever I asked for - it felt like I was visiting their house and they wanted me to be comfortable in their home. Everything everyone did for me was so selflessly made me feel this as my own home and that I learned a new healthy way to live for the rest of my life."
Pain-Free!
Alice W.
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“I am pain free and feeling so much more rejuvenated. I also feel light and “reset.” The campus was beautiful and the mountains are so calming. The staff were responsive and supportive.”
Trim and Lean
Seema J.
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"My body is feeling trim and lean. I lost a few pounds and feel lighter. My skin is glowing. My mind is clear. I feel rejuvenated and energized. The staff was exceptional. The campus is beautiful and scenic. I want to send my in-laws there for one week vacation. The food was really good for what we were allowed to have during the cleanse.”
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FAQs

Currently, we are catering to Type 2 Diabetes who are not on insulin or anyone that is pre-diabetic or has any case of insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome.

We are currently not able to accept anyone that falls into the following categories:

  • Anyone using insulin- either type 1 diabetic or complicated type 2 on insulin.
  • Diabetics on 4 or more diabetes medications.
  • Recent hospitalization within 1-year with diabetes-related complications.
  • If within 6 month had gastrointestinal bleeding- either due to stomach ulcer or from the colon.
  • Had weight reduction surgery like lap band or Gastric bypass within 1 yr. (Liposuctions is ok).
  • If your mobility is extremely restricted due to weight gain and can not walk, cannot sit or participate in any form of exercise.
  • Pregnant with gestational diabetes or lactating.

During your initial consultation with the board-certified western medical doctor please inform them of any current prescription medication you are taking and medical history.

Please discuss your special dietary need or allergies with an Ayurveda specialist. Dietary requirements, such as gluten-free and vegan options are generally available.

Cancelations less than two weeks, prior to the program, will be charged 50% of the full program fee.

No. If you have diabetes, you will work with our team to help manage your diabetes and/or lose weight. We will have both an Ayurvedic doctor and a board-certified western medical doctor on staff to care for you during the process. However, it will be up to your primary care provider to make the decision. We encourage that you share all your herbal and non-herbal supplements with your primary care doctor.

No. If you have diabetes, you will work with our team to help manage your diabetes and/or lose weight. We will have both an Ayurvedic doctor and board-certified western medical doctor on staff to care for you during the process. However, it will be up to your primary care provider to make the decision. We encourage that you share all your herbal and non-herbal supplements with your primary care doctor.

A lot of participants lose weight. However, it is completely dependent on how your body reacts to the treatments. It also depends on how closely the diet and lifestyle recommendations are followed.

During this specialized 6-month program and 10-day retreat, you’ll receive an individualized diet specific to your unique body type to rebuild your body and your digestion. A lot of the foods that will be prepared and recommended are based around a plant-based diet.

Aside from your personal effects (and any medication), we suggest you bring comfortable clothing and layers (mountain weather can be changeable), and anything that will help you feel more at home.

You may wish to also bring swimwear for use in the steam room.

Each studio space at the Center is equipped with yoga mats, blankets, and blocks.

Everyone has unique physical capabilities. All of the programs are adjusted to meet the attendee where they are at to help build up strength and endurance.

During your pre-cleanse, cleanse and post-cleanse a plant-based diet is recommended. However, we will create a program which is sustainable for long-term success.

The food is locally sourced and non-GMO.

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness.

*NOTE* Please avoid using GPS. It will take you up a private road to a locked gate. Use directions provided on this site.
Distance from Nearest Airport: 2 hours by car without traffic

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Absolutely, for an additional fee. We have multiple program options available at the Center. Your family member or friend can choose from our retreat calendar or customize their own retreat.

Absolutely, for an additional fee. You can create your own vacation with an R&R Retreat and spend some additional days relaxing at the Center. Choose from a variety of daily classes, activities, and spa treatments, as well as an abundance of nature trails and quiet spaces. Please discuss with our Ayurveda specialist for details. 

You’ll receive an individualized diet plan specific to your unique body type to rebuild your body and your digestion. During the residential retreat,  you’ll be served a plant-based diet to support the process.

No. If you are prediabetic or have family members that are diabetic or overweight, this can be used as a preventative measure to help you avoid getting diabetes or becoming overweight in the future.
You will receive support throughout the program and residential retreat. Our team is dedicated to providing individualized holistic care to the whole mind-body complex.

Schedule

10-Day Residential Retreat + 6-Month Support Program (Starting at $6,580)

We support you every step of the way on your journey to renewed health.

The program is designed to yield the highest results pertaining to the treatment of diabetes and weight gain. It begins one week before your arrival to the 10-day residential retreat and continues with 6-months of ongoing coaching and support. 

You begin with a simple, fully guided, 7-day at-home pre-cleanse, which prepares your body and mind to make transformational changes during your residential retreat and sent home with guidance and support. 

Outline for the 6-month program, including the 10-day residential retreat below. Please note, this schedule is subject to change and will vary based on the guests’ needs.

Before Retreat

  • Initial phone consultation
  • 7-day at home cleanse
  • Personalized Diet plan
  • Herbs

Day 1 (Fri)

  • Arrival
  • Orientation
  • Personal Consultation
  • Personalized Recommendations and Follow-up
  • Guided Meditation
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 2 (Sat)

  • Gentle Yoga & Breathwork
  • Workshop
  • Herb Supplement
  • Educational Seminar
  • Ayurveda Treatments
  • Guided meditation
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 3 (Sun)

  • Gentle Yoga & Breathwork
  • Workshop
  • Herb Supplement
  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Guided Meditation
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 4 (Mon)

  • Breathwork
  • Workshop
  • Herb Supplement
  • Ayurveda Treatments
  • Personal Consultation
  • Educational Seminar
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 5 (Tues)

  • Breathwork
  • Herb Supplement
  • Ayurveda Treatments
  • Personal Consultation
  • Educational Seminar
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 6 (Wed)

  • Educational Seminar
  • Ayurveda Treatments
  • Personal Consultation
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 7 (Thurs)

  • Educational Seminar
  • Ayurveda Treatments
  • Personal Consultation
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 8 (Fri)

  • Toxin elimination with customised Ayurvedic therapy to detox the digestive tract
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 9 (Sat)

  • Rest day
  • Breakfast
  • Personal Consultation
  • Personalized Recommendations and Follow-up
  • Going home plan
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals

Day 10 (Sun)

  • Morning Rest
  • Specialty Ayurveda Meals
  • Travel home

Post Retreat

  • 7 follow-up consultations as well as educational webinars​

Get the Details About Diabetes and Weight Loss

Find out more about how Ayurveda can help you manage, and even eliminate, your diabetes symptoms, and maintain a healthy weight.

Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary.

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

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