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The Art of Living Retreat Center is set amidst more than 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina, and is just a 2-hour drive from Charlotte International Airport and the surrounding east coast states.

Renowned for its scenic beauty, the area is home to inspiring natural wonders including the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway that runs right through the valley below, offering an inspiring arrival to this peaceful hillside sanctuary.

Point of distinction: What makes your property unique, distinctive?
This forested mountaintop retreat offers magnificent panoramic views stretching to the horizon and vast open skies. With fresh mountain air, delicious plant-based meals, and a nurturing and relaxing environment—the property imbues a sense of peace as it follows ancient architectural principles designed to lift the spirit and focus the mind. It is here you will also find an award winning spa, Shankara, for therapeutic experience, and wellness retreats that combine ancient Ayurveda treatments with contemporary health care.

Types of programs offered – duration and cost:
From 2-nights to an immersive 9+ night wellness experiences, the chances are good that you’ll find a workshop or retreat that’s perfect for your client. If he or she is looking to transform, grow, heal, or simply relax and renew, the Art of Living Retreat Center lays claim to some of the best teachers in the world, plus offers renowned signature programs from well-being retreats, yoga, meditation and mindfulness to holistic programs and Ayurvedic wellness retreats.

Prices start start from $495 for a 2-night stay (including lodging, meals, yoga, and meditation). And, the Retreat Center is recognized by Yoga Journal as being one of the top U.S. retreat centers for budget travelers.

What types of clients do you typically cater to and what clients would feel most comfortable at the property?
Whether you’re working with a community group or solo traveler, your clients will find that other guests at the Center are diverse—from those seeking a connection with a like-minded community and want to establish a sense of well-being or learn something new, to those managing health concerns and on the path to restoration of health. One unified theme flows through every guest, the desire to live their best possible life. Our guests are 60 percent female and between the ages of 30-65.

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Relax and indulge with a spa treatment. (Photo courtesy of The Art of Living Retreat.)

What client goals/intentions might be achieved by selecting this property?
The Center provides a supportive and healing environment to nurture and facilitate each guest’s journey towards their respective wellness goals, such as: to gain the skills for living with ease, develop insight into life’s big questions, to begin (or advance) a daily practice. Guests can explore new approaches to living with greater balance, health, and energy in workshops offered by teachers from around the world. They can choose to nourish the body, restore balance, detox, soothe the nervous system, and experience deep relaxation with the authentic and therapeutic principles of Ayurveda.

With an abundance of nature, quiet spaces, and moments to pause, guests soon discover that when the world around them is at peace, and in that environment it becomes easier to find true connection and concentrate solely on personal well-being.

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The Art of Living Retreat. (Photo courtesy of The Art of Living Retreat.)

Can programs be customized to suit client’s needs?
Yes. Programs can be customized. The R&R Retreat, for instance, is ideal for a client who wants to create their own experience by combining different activities. There are a variety of daily classes, activities, and spa treatments available, and an abundance of outdoor spaces and nature trails.

The Ayurvedic programs are also customizable to each guest and specialize in individualized holistic care for the whole mind-body complex, as well as the management of health conditions.

What is the best time to travel?
The Art of Living Retreat Center welcomes guests 365 days of the year, and each season brings a uniqueness and beauty to the mountains. They can experience the abundance and freshness of spring, temperate summer months, a full spectrum of color in the transformative season of fall, or the cozy winter months, which are ideal for self-reflection.

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