In alignment with the CDC guidelines, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination OR a lab-certified Covid-19 test that produced negative results taken within 72 hours of their arrival at the Center when checking in.
Harness the Healing Power of Forrest Yoga
Yoga Alliance CE hours available.
Join Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco on a heart-opening journey of healing and growth. This is a powerful opportunity to practice directly with Ana, creator of Forrest Yoga—a renowned and transformative system of yoga—and her partner, Musical Shaman Jose Calarco.
Learn to move and breathe in ways that open your core and give the heart the support and counsel of the other primary chakras. As barriers drop away, you’ll feel the intuitive honesty of your heart and develop the flexibility needed to surf emotional waves.
Building heart strength can free us from past pains and grievances—and help us keep our hearts open no matter what comes our way. Speaking Truth with a Warrior’s Heart can thaw the heart we’ve closed down because of great pain.
—Ana Forrest, Fierce Medicine
What You Will Experience
Each session begins with a very special ceremony of song, invocation, and a smoke blessing. Then, through Forrest Yoga asana practice, walking in nature with ceremony, and music healing, you’ll
- Build skills in accessing, cleansing, and resolving emotional issues and moving them out of the cell tissue
- Celebrate the beauty of life and the power of spirit and make room to absorb the beauty and sweetness in our world
- Honor the ancestors and custodians of our sacred land
- Develop physical strength and focused breath work
- Be challenged to heal, grow, and nourish the heart.
You’ll make a quantum leap in your yoga practice, create a path to connect with your spirit, and take home aliveness in each cell of your body.
Items to Bring Yoga mat, yoga roll, yoga block, rolled up mat or beach towel, and a water bottle.
Yoga Alliance CE hours available.
A Retreat in the Mountains
During your stay, you have time for personal R & R also. Whether you want to explore forest trails and bask in the fresh mountain air, enjoy a pottery or watercolor painting class, release stress with a therapeutic spa treatment, the choice is yours. (Additional fees may apply.)
Make Your Retreat Extra Special
Combine your retreat with authentic Ayurveda for rejuvenation on all levels, body, mind and spirit. The recommended Ayurveda treatment for this retreat is an Abhyanga massage (“Abby” for short), followed by a relaxing steam to further release stress. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older
Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco are at the forefront of the yoga world, creating profound experiences and a vision quest for a sacred life.
Their unique style weaves together intelligent pose sequencing with spiritual intent; integrating music, song, invocation, smoke blessing, storytelling, prayer and shamanic healing practices into each event. Ana, founder of Forrest Yoga, is known around the world for her particular brand of fierce medicine to the yoga community. As her co-director, Jose comes from a long history of shamanism, art, music and healing. He is also the director of the legendary Australian indigenous dance company Descendance Aboriginal. Together Ana and Jose teach the art of learning to love again, and give students the tools to create their own sense of hope and direction in life.
Find out more at www.forrestyoga.com
Rooms & Pricing
All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. (Rates below are Per Person)
All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of checkout. (Rates below are per person.)
BUILDING THE WARRIOR HEART
Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest & Jose Calarco
August 6–8, 2021
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Friday 4:00–6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 2:00–4:30 pm
Sunday 9:00–11:30 am (Room check-out is 11 am; luggage can be held at Reception.)
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.
4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00 pm, but if you arrive early we will hold your luggage at Reception.
6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00–7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Actual schedules and venues may vary; please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in.
Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complementary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)
9:45–10:45 am Yoga | Sattva Studio | Thu–Sun
11:00 am–12:00 pm Mind & Meditation | Sattva Studio | Thu–Sun
1:30–2:15 pm Guided Hike | Assemble at Shankara Reception | Sat
2:30–3:45 pm Ayurveda Cooking Class* | Tulsi Kitchen
Thu: Sweet Treats • Sat: Chef’s Seasonal Recipe
4:15–5:15 pm Yoga | Sattva Studio | Wed–Sat
5:30–6:00 pm Guided Meditation | Sattva Studio | Wed–Sat
7:30–8:15 pm Meditative Chants/Kirtan | Sattva Studio | Wed–Sat
Saturday kirtan is outdoor by the bonfire; weather permitting.
*Included with Wellness Escapes and R&R; Other participants: $35.00/per person
10:00 am–6:00 pm Saturday
Clay Handbuilding $30.00 (1 hour)
Throwing Wheel $45.00 (2 hours)
Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily
We invite you to also make reservations for consultations, therapies, and treatments at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness prior to arrival in order to ensure availability. Please call 828-264-8382 for details. Additional cost.
On-Campus Program FAQs
For room reservations, Ayurveda Wellness Retreats, and Art of Living Retreat Center (AOLRC) signature retreats, we have the following cancellation policy:
- Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
- Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following date of issue.
- No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content. AOLRC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If AOLRC cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions. For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.
To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guest to not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however, guests may enjoy these items in their rooms.
Our property is always smoke-free.
Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically, we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy, and nuts.
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.