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.
- 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