MARCH 2015 – BOONE, N.C. – With more than two decades in spa and wellness, Diane Trieste brings her talents and experience to Shankara Ayurveda Spa. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, N.C., 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 a height 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,” adds 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.

About Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center – For those seeking physical and internal renewal on their journey toward greater self-awareness and happiness, Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center provides a nurturing environment and service-oriented, educated staff. The relaxing mountaintop location near Boone, N.C. offers wellness adventurers a range of therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments and day or overnight programs perfect for those hoping to cultivate rejuvenation and inner growth. More on artoflivingretreatcenter.org.
Contact Debra Locker for a head shot, property images, or to arrange an interview with Trieste – debra@lockerpr.com and 859.536.0282