Calm body and mind—effortlessly.
Do you wonder what prevents you from living each moment fully and with joy? Do you often feel that your mind is too busy, too tired or too overwhelmed by thoughts? Is that “monkey mind” causing insomnia, anger, depression, physical tension, or any of the other hosts of symptoms and diseases related to anxiety and chronic stress? The simple, powerful technique of meditation can effortlessly calm the mind, boost immunity, and decrease the physical and psychological stressors you’re experiencing.
Create a Lifelong Habit
Anyone can learn to meditate. The key to success is a powerful technique, experienced guidance, and practice. Our signature Meditation Retreat offers all of this—and more. You’ll work with an experienced teacher to learn a technique you can easily use at home (or any where you may be, at any time), and receive individual guidance during those critical first few days of practice. You’ll learn to
- Slow down, rest, and get centered
- Recharge your energy and enthusiasm
- Build resilience and use tools to deal with bad times
- Tune in to your true self and life purpose.
Connect to the Source
In Sanskrit, Sahaj means effortless. Samadhi is meditation—a natural state beyond waking, sleeping, and dreaming that is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence and creative power and a place of infinite peace and tranquility. The practice of Sahaj Samadhi meditation brings these qualities of increased energy, clarity, joy, and deep inner peace into our daily experience.
Anyone can learn Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, and become fully proficient with just a few hours of training. The benefits are rapid, tangible, and cumulative, and the practice itself is relaxing and enjoyable.
Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older
Meditation increases blood flow to the brain and better brain function helps your memory, attention, self-awareness, and self-control.
Meditation reduces blood pressure and heart rate, alleviating unnecessary pressure on your heart and arteries and increases neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to organize and adapt. It also increases the quality of your sleep by allowing you to let go of your day and rest your mind. There are thousands of studies proving better sleep quality can be life-changing.
Practical ancient wisdom for dealing with conflict and triumphing over life's hurdles.
Meditation increases the production of serotonin and other chemicals in the system which play a huge role in controlling our moods. It also reduces cortisol production, Cortisol is a stress-induced hormone that suppresses the immune system and can make you feel anxious, nervous, and unsettled.
When stress is reduced, well-being increases leading to boosted immunity and reduction of stress-related illnesses.
Stress has a physiological effect on many parts of the body—digestive issues, hypertension, immune functions. Reducing stress and learning ways to cope with the stressors of everyday life, not only lead to a healthier body, but can help eliminate the bad coping strategies (drugs, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, lack of exercise, etc.) that many adopt to deal.
Reducing the stress in your system returns you to a natural state of feeling calm, connected to yourself, and confident in meeting the challenges of life.
During meditation, the pre-frontal cortex is stimulated—part of the brain that is responsible for concentration, focus, and problem solving among. When you meditate regularly and reduce your stress levels, hormones balance out and you feel less reactive, less defensive, and effortlessly balanced more often.
Regular meditation rewires the brain and increases your ability to be able to consider the feelings and needs of others and how we could be of service.
Meditation also helps you become more aware of who you are. When you begin to experience a quieter, calmer, and more dynamic sense of self, relationships become deeper and more meaningful. When you’re happier and healthier, you can more easily notice and appreciate the good things in life.
The more you meditate, the more you become aware of what you are passionate about and what you aren’t.
Regular meditation gives rise to clarity about what is important in life and a sense of confidence to make choices that enliven your passions and cease distractions. Life has greater meaning and you feel a deeper sense of purpose and satisfaction.
A Retreat in the Mountains
Make Your Retreat Extra Special
Art of Living faculty are teachers from all over the world who integrate their passion for teaching with a dedication to service of others. Inspired by their own personal experiences of transformation and joy, our teachers blend ancient, timeless wisdom with contemporary approaches to well-being to bring you a heart-based approach rooted in the authentic, effective techniques of Ayurveda, meditation, and breathwork—the very best of health and wellness.
Rooms & Pricing for On-Campus Events
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.)
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.
Subject to change.
6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
7:15–7:30 pm Orientation (In Venue)
7:30–9:00 pm Session
7:30–8:30 am Yoga
8:30–9:30 am Breakfast
10:30 am–12:30 pm Session
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
2:00–5:00 pm Free Time
5:15–6:00 pm Session
6:00–7:30 pm Dinner
7:30–8:15 pm Kirtan Meditative Chant (Optional)
7:30–8:30 am Yoga
8:30–9:30 am Breakfast*
Please checkout during breakfast; your luggage may be stored at Reception.
10:30 am–12:30 pm Session
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
To ensure a space, please register for these activities by calling 800-392-6870 prior to your arrival.
Guided Hiking (1 hr) Saturdays Only
Ayurveda Cooking Class $35 (1 hr) Thu & Sat
Learn how to best nourish your specific body type and thrive in every season.
Pottery Class $30 (1 hr, additional cost) Saturday
Explore your creativity. Get hands-on experience in throwing on the wheel, hand-building and decorating handmade pots.
7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner
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.