International Art Of Living Center

About This Center

We believe living is an art that has to be nurtured and developed. The Art of Living Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collective uplifting of humanity. We offer short, concise workshops packed with timeless wisdom on how to approach daily life and inevitable stressors. We impart tried and tested techniques to quiet the mind and land in the present moment. So come, embrace your potential and find the deep rest you've been searching for within you.

The Art of Living Foundation is a multinational organization started by world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Born in southern India, Sri Sri was found meditating and reciting the Bhagavad Gita at the age of four. Later in life, he studied Vedic literature and physics. In 1982, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar retreated for a period of silence in Shimoga and developed the powerful breathing technique known as Sudarshan Kriya which is now offered worldwide in the Happiness Program.

The Canadian International Centre was the first centre opened by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Since 1991, the centre has continued to grow and offer a sanctuary to anyone looking to reconnect with nature and themselves.

But joy is never tomorrow; it is always now. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Venue Highlights

Nestled in the pristine Mauricie region we offer:

Numerous freshwater lakes and nature trails
Extensive organic gardens and orchards
Delicious sattvic cuisine
Calming, Ayurvedic massages offered at on-site spa
Serene meditation hall for yoga, meditation and ceremonies
Outdoor fire pit for cool evenings

Accommodations

From Chalets to Camping, we have it all!

Chalet accommodations from 2 to 5 people, include a kitchenette, bathroom and balcony for warm, sunny evenings
Cozy cabins with private bathrooms house 4 to 8 people for groups and families
Bodhisattva 3-shared rooms with a private bathroom
Homey Hermitage 4-shared rooms with communal men's and women's bathrooms
Camping options at various sites throughout the grounds

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Our delicious, vegetarian, Ayurvedic cuisine has been specially designed to pacify the 3 doshas and ground your system. We offer:

Light breakfast to start your day
Hearty lunch served with soup and salad
Grounding dinner with the occasional sweet treat

Directions

The Centre is located about 2 hours east of Montreal airport (YUL) in the Quebecois countryside.

From Montreal you have a few options.
1. Rent a car from the airport and drive to our centre.
2. Book a shuttle from the centre to pick you up from the airport (CAD 60 each way, based on availability).
3. Take the Orleans Express bus from the airport to Trois Rivieres (about CAD 52) and arrange to be picked up by shuttle from there (CAD 30 each way, based on availability).
4. Taxi / Uber

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My last retreat at SMC was so inspiring and so relaxing. But i'd love to have more time there to spend at the Stupa, visit the Kami shrine, and generally interact with the beautiful enlightened society happening on that entire land. Brett
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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