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More than 125 years ago, George Vanderbilt envisioned Biltmore as a relaxing retreat from the cares of the everyday. Tucked within 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty, the estate invites deep relaxation the moment you enter its gates. Enhance your sense of well-being with wellness practices that quiet the mind, balance your energy, and connect you with nature.

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Gentle Move & Flow

Join us for this gentle outdoor guided exercise experience. Suitable for everyone from first-time participants to experienced athletes, this activity invites you to move your body in a way that enhances balance, full-body flexibility, and the flow of positive energy. The regular practice of mindful movement, fluid posture combinations, and breathwork while surrounded by nature’s beauty encourages relaxation, builds strength, and offers an energizing start to your day.

Yoga mats provided.

Maximum of 12 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$20 (Ages 13 & Up)

Hours

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Morning Meditation

Calm your mind and focus your thoughts and energy with this gentle, guided experience designed to support optimal well-being, and empower you to greet the day relaxed and refreshed. Appropriate for all experience levels, from first-timers to experienced practitioners, this meditation takes place on the beautifully manicured lawns* adjacent to our historic Horse Barn. Cushions available. Guests welcome to bring their own towels or mats.

*In the case of chilly or inclement weather, meditation will take place in an indoor location.

Maximum of 10 participants. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$15 (Ages 13 & Up)

Hours

9 a.m. Wednesday & Friday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Chocolate Meditation

Indulge your senses with a truly unique guided meditation experience featuring delicious chocolate selections such as peppermint honey, lavender citrus, and vanilla orchid. This activity is great for chocolate lovers who are also interested in the benefits that meditation and focus can bring to their overall well-being. It is also the perfect introduction to sensory meditation experiences for those new to mindfulness practices.

Guests will enjoy a beautiful outdoor setting on the estate, with an optional indoor space in case of inclement weather. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing (layers suggested for temperature fluctuations) and to bring water or other beverages. Chocolate and meditation cushions will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own towels and mats. 

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$25 (8 & up)

Hours

4:30 p.m. on Fridays
9 a.m. on Saturdays

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Nature Mandalas

Discover the history and types of mandalas, as well as the basic shapes, designs, and natural elements used to create them during this fun creative outdoor activity! Participants will explore our fields and forests to find materials with which they will create their own personal and unique mandala. After ending the session with a collective moment of reflection and gratitude, the group will gift their creations back into the natural world from whence they came. Be sure to bring your phone or camera to capture a keepsake image of your mandala!

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$30 (Ages 10 & Up)

Hours

11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Creating Leaf Print Art

Fun for the young and the young-at-heart, this relaxing activity offers a fun and artistic way to learn about, celebrate, and spend time among the trees! Participants will enjoy a short walk during which they will be encouraged to find leaves whose colors, structures, and shapes inspire them. They will then create personal works of art such as leaf impressions, pressings, and coloring projects, resulting in beautiful hand-made mementos of the estate to take home!

All art materials provided.

Maximum of 10 participants. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$15 (Ages 5 & Up)

Hours

11 a.m. Monday
9:15 a.m. Tuesday
9:15 a.m. Saturday

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Kids Sensory Journey

Created for our younger guests (but with the whole family in mind), this unique Biltmore experience offers an opportunity for you and your kids to connect to nature—and each other. Enjoy games with your little ones that encourage mindfulness and engage the senses while surrounded by the estate’s lush, natural beauty. Great for beginners or families who practice mindfulness regularly, we invite you to enhance your day with this creative activity.

All kids must be accompanied by an adult; activity is complimentary for accompanying adult.

Maximum of 10 participants. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Participants are encouraged bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Cost

$25 (Ages 4-12)

Hours

Fridays & Saturdays at 1 p.m.

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Sensory Journey Hike

This energizing treat for the senses invites you to connect to Biltmore’s natural world in a focused way via sight, sound, smell, touch, and maybe even taste! Immersed in the estate’s quiet natural beauty, you’ll experience a deep sense of peace as you explore and soak in the vibrant yet soothing energy that emanates from the stunning landscapes that surround you.

Maximum of 10 participants. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$20 (Ages 10 & Up)

Hours

1 p.m. on Wednesdays

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village

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Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bath)

Coined in 1982 by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, the term “Shinrin Yoku” (Japanese for “Forest Bath”) is defined as “making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest.” This nature healing practice has been found to reduce stress, improve feelings of happiness, free up creativity, and optimize overall well-being.

The estate’s lush forests offer a unique opportunity to dive deep into the heart of Shinrin Yoku. Reconnect with your roots as a being who evolved with the forest. Restore balance to your daily life as you discover the fundamentals of forest bathing, experience a sensory awakening, and answer invitations to connect with the natural world that surrounds you.

Appropriate for all experience levels, from first-timers to experienced practitioners, Shinrin Yoku takes place in a beautiful forest setting within walking distance from The Inn on Biltmore Estate.

Cushions available. Guests welcome to bring their own towels or mats.

Maximum of 8 participants. To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Cost

$30 (Ages 13 & Up)

Hours

2:30 p.m. Wed., Fri. & Sat.

Phone

828-225-1425

Location

Antler Hill Village, Estate Grounds

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