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Art of Living Retreat Center
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

A very beautiful setting about 15 minutes outside of Boone, this meditation center is part of the Art of Living Meditation Institute (http://www.artofliving.org/intl-meditation-center-usa), which teaches yoga and meditation, and has as its mission "a place to rediscover human values – compassion, love, togetherness, joy, harmony – and to nurture them in our life." The center offers formal courses and workshops (check ahead for schedule) but also has daily meditations that are free and open to the public. The daily sessions are free, though donations are appreciated (but not required). My wife and I dropped in simply to learn more about the program and received an hour of individual instruction on meditation. There was no pressure to join anything, pay anything, or follow up with anything. There is also a dining hall on site ($10 lunch for visitors; excellent), as well as a spa, and long-term and short-stay housing. This is worth stopping by just for the natural beauty of the area, the uniqueness of the experience, and to learn more about peacefulness and harmony (hard to beat that!). The site was originally built by the Transcendental Meditation organization, but is no longer affiliated with TM and the meditation practices are not those of TM.

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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Indeed, this is a place where thousands have meditated. Like the other review said, this is a huge place and not like a traditional hotel, though there are all facilities available. If you are looking for a vacation where you are comfortable, and want to just sink into yourself .. with some yoga and meditation, this is the place to be. A top spot on the top of the hills.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Beautiful settling, great programs, superb cafeteria. The place is very nurturing. The vibration & strength of heavenly mountain (where the center is) goes back thousands of years. It is said that a white shiv lingum is buried deep in the mountain. The cherokee indians used to worship in this mtn. You feel a deep peace and stillness descend on you as you step into the center. Staff is super accommodating and friendly. They try and make each experience unique. A place to go to - to reset yourself and let all worries fall away, to heal and be in balance.

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Reviewed 16 January 2013

First of all, this isn't really a "hotel" per se so don't expect that if you go. It is more like a huge 'ashram' meditation center thing that has like at least two major meditation halls and other buildings that were currently being renovated when I was there.
The reason why it is so huge is because it used to be the center of meditation for the Transcendental Meditation folks, but now the Art of Living guys and gals have taken it upon themselves to open it back up.
All I can say about it without slipping into generic stuff about how there is too much to describe, is that if you are at all somewhat interested in meditation and yoga and such, go check this out, especially if it isn't much of a trip for you. The instructors there are very calm folk who will help you with whatever technique you want to know.
That being said, this isn't like a hotel where someone waits on you hand and foot, you kind of have to pitch in and do your part.

If yoga and meditation are your thing, you'll love this place and probably give it a 5++ on reviews, if not you will still like the views the location has to offer.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled solo
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Address: 639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607-7378
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Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Boone
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Free Parking Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Boone
Price Range: £89 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Art of Living Retreat Center: A place to rejuvenate. A place to rest. A place to energize yourself for months to come amid spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The center offers inclusive packages with simple, comfortable rooms, inspiring activities and a vegetarian cafe. ... more   less 

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