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Originally published: 2014-03-31 15:04:58
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Art of Living Retreat to host event with Dr. Thomas Mitchell

The Art of Living Retreat Center invites those looking for an informative and empowering total health experience to join the inaugural Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Weekend April 4 to 6.

The center is otherwise known as the Art of Living's International Center for Meditation and Well-Being.

"With the majestic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the serene, self-rejuvenating haven offered by the Art of Living Retreat Center, the immersive weekend will guide attendees as they start their journey to wholeness and balance," an Art of Living spokesman said.

Lectures, evaluations and treatments will  focus on the ancient Indian health practices of Ayurveda, healing and prolonging life through diet, exercise, meditation and spa bodywork.

The weekend will be led by Dr. Thomas Mitchell, a Raleigh-based chiropractor who specializes in holistic and Ayurvedic treatments. 

With nearly 20 years of experience practicing Ayurveda, Mitchell is also a trained instructor for Art of Living Foundation meditation courses and one of the leading experts in Ayurvedic pulse assessments in both the United States and India, the center spokesman said.

Pulse diagnosis, the cornerstone diagnostic tool for Ayurvedic practices, includes monitoring an individual's pulse to notice imbalances and early stages of various diseases. 

Mitchell will conduct these assessments and provide each attendee with personalized recommendations to "eat well, feel well and be well," based on their own unique needs.

"Ayurveda is the oldest and most relevant system of natural medicine," Mitchell said. "Pulse assessments provide incredible insight into the body and help identify the best treatments and lifestyle choices to directly improve and prolong life. Together, with the Art of Living Retreat Center and its Blue Heaven Spa, we will help Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Weekend guests achieve their best possible health."

Each retreat attendee will receive three transformative spa treatments during their stay, courtesy of Blue Heaven Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center, one of the only Ayurvedic spas in North Carolina. Treatments involve massages customized for the individual based specifically on the findings from pulse diagnosis with Mitchell.

The three-day event will also include morning, afternoon and evening meditation sessions, yoga, Ayurvedic health lectures and a take-home Ayurvedic self-care kit. 

The Art of Living Retreat Center will provide a two-night stay in its spa suites, as well as Ayurvedic meals, incorporating fresh seasonal taste and texture to satisfy the five senses and promote a calm body and mind, the spokesman said.

"Our vision is to become the North American spiritual epicenter for inner peace, personal transformation and service to humanity," said Neil Srivastava, managing director of the Art of Living Retreat Center. 

"As part of that vision, we are thrilled to host the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Weekend, the first of its kind at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Attendees will gain an incredible amount of self-awareness, empowering them to achieve balance and lead their best lives," he said. 

The Art of Living Retreat Center opened in 2011, when the Art of Living Foundation purchased a 381-acre property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. 

The foundation, a global humanitarian organization founded by international spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, then restored the property and developed it into its first and only retreat center in the United States. 

Today, with its wide range of housing facilities, holistic spa, wholesome vegetarian cuisine, panoramic mountain views, serene meditation halls and retreat offerings, the Art of Living Retreat Center is considered a refuge of self-renewal for its many visitors from around the world, the spokesman said.For more information or to reserve a spot, call (828) 264-8382 or email (info@blueheavenresortandspa.com)  

For more on the Art of Living Foundation, visit http://www.meditationcenterusa.org.