The New International Center for Meditation & Well Being

Set in the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina, the new International Center for Meditation and Well-Being is already a place of uplifting spiritual energy and serenity.

Starting with its June 29, 2012, inauguration, the Center will host events and programs that help strengthen both individuals and the underlying bond we share as human beings. Some programs are already being offered here. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the world-renowned humanitarian, spiritual leader, and Art of Living founder, envisions the Center as a platform for sustaining and strengthening human values. Through its programs, conferences, and outreach work, the Center will contribute to both individual and world peace.

Some Facility Highlights …

  • Majestic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on 381 acres of lush forest

  • Spacious meditation halls, where 4,000 people can meditate together

  • Large rooms and buildings specially designed for yoga and meditation

  • Two dining halls, including a large one with spectacular views 

  • Seventeen residential buildings, including 418 residences of different sizes 

Offerings will include …

  • Self-development programs for adults and students

  • Corporate retreats Leadership development for young adults

  • Summer camps for children

  • Programs for returning veterans and other specialized programs

  • International conferences and cultural events

“Our vision is to create a world-class center that will offer holistic programs for physical, mental, and spiritual rejuvenation. We are privileged to have this opportunity at Boone and are committed to working with the local community and the university students. We feel that the students will greatly benefit from the programs not only in their personal lives but also in advancement of their professional careers. We are also looking forward to working with the greater Boone community in the days to come.” — Nilendu Srivastava, Director, VVM

Longer term, the center will host a holistic wellness center and a university specializing in ancient Vedic knowledge and the healing system of ayurveda.

The area is home to Appalachian State University, Boone, and its more than 16,000 students. Several smaller colleges are also in the region.


Overview of the Center’s existing structures

  • A main meditation hall -- a 41,152 sq ft structure with an 18, 500 sq ft hall.

  • A small meditation hall – 7,192 sq ft

  • Four program rooms – 3,124 sq ft each

  • A 46,504 sq ft main dining hall with state-of-the-art kitchen and spectacular views

  • A small dining hall – 7,192 sq ft

  • 17 residence buildings-- 310 rooms with a bath, and 108 apartments with kitchenettes (multiple occupancy)

  • An 11,446 sq ft office and warehouse building, with four warehouses and 19 offices