Art of Living

Adventure Camp

Drop the Stress

THE PLACE

IN THE HEART OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS

The Art of Living Retreat Center

A place immersed in nature, surrounded by mountains and dedicated to developing the best of the human spirit

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Improve Focus & Concentration

Discover a Deeper Connection

Immersed in activities which help relieve the stress of the school year, campers gain a new sense of focus & concentration for improved learning ability & attention span.

Experience peace of mind through a combination of yoga & a powerful meditation practice that you can practice on daily basis, even after the program ends.

Explore the natural beauty surrounding our campus in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and discover the power of a deeper connection, with yourself and those around you!

WITH OUTWARD ADVENTURE & INDIVIDUAL MENTORSHIP 

A PERSONAL PRACTICE THAT ANYONE CAN LEARN

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Tools for Success, Dynamic Exploration

July 28th - August 4th

YES! & ART Excel on a Mountain Adventure

*Register before June 24th to receive early bird rate*

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"I’d done reading on Ayurveda, and I’ve tried to adopt it to my life. You read the book, but if you don’t have someone boiling it down to some practical ways to utilize it and actually showing you…I didn’t know I’d learn so much I could take home with me. They make it common sense and practical."

PEGGY C.

Retired, Ohio

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2019 Dates:

July 28th - Aug 4th 

3,000 + Centers

370 Million+

lives touched in over 35 years of service

30 Million+

graduates who have attended our programs

152 Countries

where our programs are changing lives

worldwide with weekly follow-up sessions 

Discover your inner strength and freedom, not as a concept but as a direct experience

Happiness Program

Effortless meditation technique that inspires peace, creativity and clarity

Meditation Retreat

Silent Retreat

A Mystic Journey within, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING

CAREFULLY DESIGNED FOR YOUR SUCCESS

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"I’d done reading on Ayurveda, and I’ve tried to adopt it to my life. You read the book, but if you don’t have someone boiling it down to some practical ways to utilize it and actually showing you…I didn’t know I’d learn so much I could take home with me. They make it common sense and practical."

PEGGY C.

Retired, Ohio

Challenges come & go, but it's our attitude to them that counts. When we take problems as an adventure, there is a shift within, that allows us to move past them with greater skill & more ease. 


In addition to having a blast, campers are equipped with the tools for success in life. Participants are empowered to take responsibility for their own stress & emotions. Programming includes a unique blend of interactive inward-bound sessions paired with skill exploration & mentorship. Campers also will spend time exploring the natural beauty surrounding the Art of Living Retreat Center, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


With more than 35 years of service, thousands have benefitted from Art of Living Youth Programs in countries around the world.

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A UNIQUE CAMP EXPERIENCE

 

Program Includes:

  • Excursions in tubing, kayaking, canoeing on the New River
  • Exploration in Creative Arts, Hiking, Gem Mining, Caving, Climbing, Bonfire
  • Youth Empowerment & Confidence building through YES! (ages 14-17) and ART Excel (ages 8-13) curriculum
  • A powerful breath-based meditation practice that can be continued after the program ends
  • 7-day Residential Program
  • Daily Healthy and Delicious Meals Provided 
  • Coed Camp, ages 8-17
  • Transportation to/from Charlotte-Douglas Airport

Program Fee:   $995   ($1,095 after July 14th )

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*Register before June 24th to receive early bird rate*

Youth Programs

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"I’d done reading on Ayurveda, and I’ve tried to adopt it to my life. You read the book, but if you don’t have someone boiling it down to some practical ways to utilize it and actually showing you…I didn’t know I’d learn so much I could take home with me. They make it common sense and practical."

PEGGY C.

Retired, Ohio

"The YES program was really fun for me because my high school is really academically stressful. It was really nice to have some time to relieve stress. I learned a lot of new techniques to help me focus, and get rid of nervousness and stress."


- Yes Program Participant

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WHAT CAMPERS SHARE

"The program helped me lower my stress and see the good side of life. I will remember what I learned for the rest of my life"


- ART Excel Participant

ART Excel Program (ages 8-13)

YES! Program (ages 14-17)

The teen years can be challenging, but they don't have to be unpleasant! The Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) is a dynamic and engaging program that empowers teens to take responsibility for their own stress & emotions. Participants are guided in activities that promote calmness, focus and relaxation, and leave with personal meditation practice they can continue on a daily basis, even after the program ends! 


The dynamic programing is delivered through games, self-exploration and interactive discussion in a format that teens can relate to. Teens leave with a comprehensive set of tools for overcoming life’s obstacles in a positive way, as well as new-found support network of like minded people, committed to their growth and success.

As part of All Round Training in Excellence (ART Excel), campers learn a variety of empowering techniques that foster peace of mind, mental clarity, focus, physical relaxation and emotional stability. The ART Excel curriculum is taught through games and activities where students learn valuable lessons in sharing with others, working and playing in harmony and developing a sense of belonging with others. Kids can’t help but have fun while learning skills which will set them up for success for when they go home!

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"I’d done reading on Ayurveda, and I’ve tried to adopt it to my life. You read the book, but if you don’t have someone boiling it down to some practical ways to utilize it and actually showing you…I didn’t know I’d learn so much I could take home with me. They make it common sense and practical."

PEGGY C.

Retired, Ohio

With more than 35 years of service thousands of children across the world have benefited from the ART Excel & YES!, typically offered in a workshop format. 


At the Art of Living Retreat Center youth programs are offered in a camp format, where students are immersed in an atmosphere of celebration & self-exploration, with emphasis in empowerment & personal development. Campers will have opportunities to engage in several excursions alongside daily programming

 
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Our Youth Programs

Sample Schedule

7:30 am         Wake up

8:15 am          Breakfast

9:00 am         Morning Session: Yoga & Meditation

12:30 pm        Lunch / Free time

1:30 pm          Afternoon Session I / Excursion

3:30 pm          Afternoon Session II / Excursion

5:30 pm          Evening Meditation / Relaxation Process

6:00 pm          Dinner

7:30 pm          Evening Program: Bonfire & Music

9:15 pm          Free time / Activities

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*Register before June 24th to receive early bird rate*

*Register before June 24th to receive early bird rate*

CAMP EXCURSIONS

Creative Arts

Kayaking & Canoeing

What Else Does the Program Include?

Bonfires

Climbing

Games & Sports

Gem Mining

Hiking

Caving

EXPLORING NATURAL BEAUTY

At our clay studio, experiment with hand-building and throwing on the pottery wheel.

An activity to come together, share, and enjoy some yummy fire-cooked s'mores!

Just a 30 minute drive is one of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River.

Guided by belay-certified instructors, campers connect with their inner mountain climber.

Our campus is on top of a mountain in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, among the oldest on Earth.

Explore the splendor and wonders nature created "inside a mountain", at Linville Caverns, a short drive from our campus.

AND MORE!

Experience the thrill of discovery as you pan for gems just like miners from the old days.

Volleyball, football, capture the flag, Kho game, and offsite basketball, soccer & more.

"I learned a lot about everyone, and I realized how I can help myself in life and how I can be myself."


- ART Excel Participant

"YES gives me the opportunity to relieve stress and calm down before I get to my day so I’m more focused on my work and I can get things done more easily"


- Yes Program Participant

"It makes me the person I want to be. I realized I can keep composure of myself so that I’m happy and I can keep other people around me happy."


- Yes Program Participant

"It was freedom, power, believing and getting out of my comfort zone."


- ART Excel Participant

Program start time: 

July 28, 3pm

Program end time: 

August 4, 3pm

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"I’d done reading on Ayurveda, and I’ve tried to adopt it to my life. You read the book, but if you don’t have someone boiling it down to some practical ways to utilize it and actually showing you…I didn’t know I’d learn so much I could take home with me. They make it common sense and practical."

PEGGY C.

Retired, Ohio

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Managing Stress in a Positive Way

Our ability to handle stress can play a big role in our success in many aspects of our life, including relationships, health, mental health, learning, test performance, and many more. Telling ourselves to “relax” or “calm down” usually is not that effective or long lasting.


In this program, students learn more tangible and effective tools for releasing stress and overcoming negative emotions on a daily basis, by using a powerful breath-based meditation.  The meditation and stress management processes come from the YES! Program (Youth Empowerment Seminar), which has been delivered to over 70,000 students in the U.S.

 Empowerment

When Students can manage their own stress they are empowered to perform to the best of their ability in academic scenarios and to reach their full potential in all other aspects of life. Benefits include:

What Else Does the Program Include?

Increased focus and productivity

Improved learning ability

Increased positivity

Confidence to make better choices and overcome challenges

Increased social connection

Freedom from destructive behavior cycles

Effective, Science-backed Meditation

The Centerpiece of the mindfulness aspect of this program is a breath-based meditation technique only taught by the Art of Living, called the Sudarshan Kriya, or SKY. SKY works in a unique way. It utilizes the innate ability of the breath to trigger an automatic quieting of the mind, leading to a deep experience of meditation - whether you've never practiced meditation or have done it for years.

 

It is easy to practice, and is effective even when the mind is restless or caught up in emotions. With SKY, many of the wide ranging benefits are seen immediately.

 

CAMP EXPERIENCE

Housing

At the Center, students are housed three to a room  on a single-gender hallway, each with private bath and WiFi access. Lodging is within easy walking distance of dining and classrooms. Staff will also live in residence and are available to help with any issue 24/7.

Dining

Students' meals are designed for you to feel lighter and satisfied. Drawing from many cultural influences, local producers and delicious ingredients, you'd never know that healthy, food could end up being so tasty.

What Else Does the Program Include?

Support at Home

Students will have the opportunity to connect with a community of healthy, positive people supporting them to live their best life & deepen their knowledge of breathing practices and relaxation techniques from the course. Drop-in opportunities are available in over 3,000 centers in over 150 countries.

With stunning views and a mountaintop campus of 386 acres, there is more than enough nature to enjoy. Students will be able to experience hiking trails, games, bonfires, creative arts in the Clay Studio & more.

Nature