With more than two decades in spa and wellness, Diane Trieste brings her talents and experience to Shankara Ayurveda Spa (Boone, NC). Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Spa is part of the Art of Living Retreat Center. As the director of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, which was previously known as Blue Heaven Spa, Trieste is responsible for spa and hotel operations and integrating both amenities into the offerings of the Retreat Center. “Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center is on the way to becoming one of the top Ayurvedic spas in North America,” says Trieste. “The mountaintop location, sense of stillness, and authentic Ayurvedic experiences delivered by doctors and therapists from India make Shankara Ayurveda Spa a wellness destination that is unlike any other.”
Situated at an altitude of 3,700 feet on Heavenly Mountain and spread over 380 acres, Shankara Ayurveda Spa is one part of the experience at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Including a boutique hotel with three spa suites and 27 rooms, vegetarian dining, an alcohol-free environment, as well as wellness and fitness activities, the Center is quickly becoming known as a great spot for retreatists. “Panchakarma is a retreat that is a signature offering at Shankara Ayurveda Spa. Led by our team of Ayurveda experts, the week-long retreats are customized to each person and include more than 10 treatments, cooking demonstrations, yoga, meditation, organic meals, and take-home education,” says Trieste, who has worked for notable spas including Canyon Ranch. Other packages include those for couples, girlfriends and mothers/daughters, as well as the two-night Detox and Restore and one-night Overnight Peace.
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 (AOLF) in North America. The AOLF is present in 152 countries and reaches an estimated 300 million people with a vision of individual and social stewardship in society.