The Shankara line of organic, Ayurvedic skin care products is used in the spa. The Art of Living Retreat Center includes a meditation center that can hold up to 3,700 people, additional halls for events, a 41,000-square-foot dining hall with mountain views, a labyrinth, pottery studio, and gardens. Founded by humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Retreat Center is the centerpiece of the Art of Living Foundation in North America.
“The natural beauty and serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains attracts people from around the country and the world,” says the Director of Spa and Business Development, Kimberly Rossi. “For those on a journey toward greater self-awareness and happiness, we offer nourishing support and thoughtful space so they can discover peace, transformation, and a deeper connection within themselves and others.”
This spa is unique in that ancient Ayurveda principles are used to enhance the guest experience. Panchakarma is a retreat that is a signature offering. Led by a team of Ayurveda experts, the weeklong retreats are customized to each person and include more than 10 treatments, cooking demonstrations, yoga, meditation, organic meals, and take-home education. A shorter version of Panchakarma is offered over three nights through the Taste of PK; there is also a two-night Detox and Restore Package.
One of the most popular therapies in Ayurveda, Abhyanga is a holistic treatment meant to nourish the body with a healing touch and warmed herbal oil. The oil is rhythmically massaged into the body to loosen toxins and relax the nervous system. It also provides profound rest, nourishment, and rejuvenation. This balancing massage counteracts the imbalances that are often felt due to a hectic and stressful lifestyle and improper foods and food habits. $110 for 60 minuets.