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Carolina Retreat Centers Win USA Today Awards

Oct 01, 2021 06:00AM ● By Staff

Skyterra Wellness Retreat

Two North Carolina retreat centers are winners in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Best Wellness Retreat.

Skyterra Wellness Retreat in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, placed third in reader voting, and The Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina placed fourth. Eupepsia took the top spot; it is located in Bland, Virginia.

Both North Carolina retreat centers were listed among nearby centers in our July issue and have placed in the top five spots for four consecutive years in the USA Today poll, including Skyterra’s No. 1 ranking in 2018. Art of Living came in third that year, its highest ranking.

“We are a personalized, all-inclusive retreat that just celebrated our fifth year of operation, so this award has real magnitude for us once again,” says Sue Crowell, owner and founder of Skyterra Wellness Retreat. “This year’s ranking is extra special given that our new property opened less than a year ago.”

Both centers are situated in the natural beauty of North Carolina’s mountains. The Art of Living Retreat Center boasts 380 acres, while Skyterra has 155. They differ significantly, however, in accommodations. While Art of Living hosts retreat leaders from across the globe and can handle thousands of visitors at any one time, Skyterra offers six of its own programs and caps attendance at 30. ❧

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