The Mountain offers programs for all ages — from youth camp to leadership training for adults and youth and intergenerational programs that families can enjoy together.  In addition,The Mountain hosts gatherings, meetings and events for a variety of groups and organizations. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 4200 feet, the inspiring view from our mountaintop is the perfect background for your gathering! 

The Mountain is capable of hosting multiple groups at the same time. If you're interested in bringing a group and want to check on the availability of certain dates, please call (828) 526-5838 ext 250 or e-mail Ask about our great weekday rates!

The Mountain has now gone paperless with registrations!!  

On line registration is fast and easy.

Call the registrar for assistance at (828) 526-5838, ext 218.  


August 2015

2 - 7

Drepung Loseling Emptiness Retreat

Drepung Loseling is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wison and compassion.

5-night package: $453.69 per person, double occupancy; $640.50 per person, single occupancy (as space allows)

Package includes lodging, meals, and use of assigned facilities

For more informtation, visit the Drepung Loseling Institution website.

7 - 9

UUCA 2015 Phoenix Choir Retreat

3 Days / 2 Night Package (Aug 7 - 9)

  • $190 per person, double occupancy
  • $260 per person, private room

Commuter Package (Aug 8)

  • $50


10 - 12

Vantage Point Education

12 - 14

Riverstone Montessori

17 - 21


21 - 23

Summer Board Meeting

23 - 28

Southern Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience (SUULE)

Leadership Experiences are the most intensive leadership training opportunities available within the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. They are intense, week-long experiences where congregational leaders dive deeply into both their own Unitarian Universalist faith and the congregational systems and dynamics that must be understood in order for leaders to support thriving congregations.

The Southern Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience is an opportunity for current and future leaders to deepen their understanding of congregational leadership and to develop their abilities with other UUleaders. For the most significant impact on a congregation's health and vitality, we especially encourage congregations to send teams of leaders to learn and develop together. 

Learn more and nominate your congregation's leaders here.

September 2015

4 - 7

Karmiel Dance Group

Come join us as we celebrate our 20th year. Enjoy three full days and three long nights at this beautiful, relaxing as well as rustic retreat near Highlands, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its incredible mountain views and natural surroundings.

In addition to dance teaching sessions and dance parties lasting long into the night, in a wonderful dance hall called “the Tree House”, you can enjoy heated rooms, hike many trails, enjoy afternoon wine parties and take part in our traditional Kabalat Shabbat and Havdala services. You can feast on 3 fabulous meals a day and the legendary on-going yummy snacks guranteed to satisfy even the hungriest of dancers. Non-dancing family and friends (including children) are welcome too.

See the Karmiel USA website for more information and to register.

8 - 10

Carriage Park Ramblers

 This is a mid-week Hiking retreat for Ramblers hike leaders.

14 - 15

Leadership Highlands

This overnight, team building experience is open to members of Leadership Highlands. Register through Leadership Highlands coordinator.

16 - 20

GSV Fall Retreat

 Online Registration is available now. Click HERE to register.

22 - 25

Hiking with Barry White

Package includes: 3 days of guided hikes, one of which is guided by Gary Wein, PhD, biologist, and director of the Highlands/Cashiers Land Trust, social hour each evening, three meals a day, access to recreation venues on campus, and optional side trips to Highlands and some unique sites to the area that make it such a special place

4 Day / 3 Night Package: $240 per person, double occupancy

See Itinerary here

Register here

24 - 24

Business After Hours - Highlands Chamber of Commerce

 Members and Guests of The Chamber will gather 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM to socialize, network, and learn more about what The Mountain has to offer within the immediate community, and what we are doing within our larger community. No registration is necessary. 

25 - 27

Qollasuyu Gathering

Shamanic Transcendence: A Path of Fearless Freedom with Oscar Miro-Quesada. Online registration available HERE. For more information, contact Janet Harvey.

30 - October 5

Rescue NC - Technical Rope Rescue

Tuition must be paid to Rescue NC, room and board charges must be paid to The Mountain. Payment for room and board must be recieved prior to arrival. Checks payable to The Mountain may be mailed to The Mountain at P.O. Box 1299 Highlands, NC 28741.


6 Days / 5 Night Package

$373.63 per person - no linens provided

If desired, linens and towels provided for $15 (additional charge) - pillow and blanket provided


Commuter Package (no lodging)

$266.88 per person


October 2015

2 - 4

National Ladies Homestead Gathering Fall Retreat

 Find out more about National Ladies Homestead Gathering here.


  • 3 Days / 2 Night Packages (Friday - Sunday):
    • $227.83 per person, double occupancy
  • 2 Days / 1 Night Package (Friday - Saturday):
    • $158.44 per person, double occupancy
  • Commuter Package (Saturday only):
    • $73.38 per person


2 - 4

UUCC Columbia Congregational Retreat

Columbia, SC Congregational Retreat. Package prices: 2-night Adults- $190, Youth (8-17) $70; Youth (0-7) FREE

4 - 9

Southern Unitarian Universalist Fall Institute (SUUFI)

We have a great new program planned again for our 4th Fall Institute! Come enjoy SUUFI's blend of personal growth and fun, inspiration and relaxation, community and space. Our 2015 program will test your mind and your experiential skills, yet we trust you'll learn and leave with new options and commitment. Ahh, the color and coolness of fall in the WNC mountains, at our unique UU place, elevated 4200' in early October. Please join others of diverse thinking who want a positive week of "being", learning, and connecting.

Our 2015 journey together on SpaceShip SUUFI with you and 60-80 others teams up 2 talented navigators:  A storyteller versed in UU Buckminister Fuller's constructs of the earth/universe and a UU minister to help us soar within ourselves, learning about other "ins and outs" of the world. SUUFI blends hands-on and experiential modes, producing fun and renewal with personal growth.  
The "flavor and fun" of SUUFI 2014 is captured in Remembrances, the photo essay retrospective by Rick Hallmark of Largo, FL.
Find out more by veiwing the 2015 Flyer, HandoutSchedule, and Program Details.  
Package Prices:
4, 5, and 6 day packages priced at $370, $465, and $560, respectively.
Help us "spread the word" in your circles to keep costs down!  Thanks!  We'd love to see you!!!! 
Get your $25 Early Registration Discount now. REGISTER HERE


9 - 11

UUC Asheville Congregational Retreat


Annual Congregational Retreat - "Family Friendly" Package Prices: Adults $190, Youth 8-17 $70, Children 0-7 FREE. Register before 8/25 and save $20 per adult.

For online registration, click HERE.

14 - 18

UU Womenspirit

UU Womenspirit is an all-woman retreat where we strengthen our talents and renew our energy in a supportive and safe environment, as we explore the Feminine Divine in her many forms. Spirit-nourishing workshops and rituals are combined in an atmosphere full of community and fun.


Please visit UU Womenspirit's website to learn more information and view the brochure.


5 Days / 4 Nights Package (Combined Package Oct 14 – 18)
  $380 per person, double occupancy
  $120 required program fee (Early Bird – Best Value)
  $160 required program fee (after Sep 15)
  $140 private room, single occupancy (additional premium)
3 Days / 2 Nights Package (Institute: Oct 14 – 16)
  Both Institute and Gathering Program Fee
  Adult: $500 per person, double occupancy
  Adult: $640 private room, single occupancy
3 Days / 2 Nights Package (Gathering: Oct 16 – 18)
Either Institute or Gathering Program Fee
  Adult: $250 per person, double occupancy
  Adult: $320 private room, single occupancy

Private room, single occupancy based on availability
All attendees must have paid UUWS Membership dues $30 annually


Register here.

23 - 25

UUCA Mens Retreat

 For online registration, click HERE.

23 - 25

NWUUC (Atlanta) Congregational Retreat

Annual Event - Register before September 25th and save $20.00 per adult.

Special "Family Friendly" Package Prices: Adults $190, Youth 8-17 $70, Children 0-7 FREE

For online registration, click HERE.

29 - November 1

National Association for Weight Loss Surgery

 Check out NAWLS' website HERE.

30 - November 1

UUTC Brevard Fall Retreat

 Annual congregation for the UUs of Transylvania County, Brevard, NC.


Adults (18+): 190 per person, double occupancy

Youth (8 - 17): $70 per person

Children (0 - 7): Free


For more information email

November 2015

5 - 8

Yoga + Knitting Retreat

Join Iyengar Yoga instructor Kquvien DeWeese and knitting instructors Theresa Vinson Stenerson and Allison Adams for this three-night retreat. Jump-start your holiday knitting and replenish your body and soul with daily yoga practice, knitting workshops, and field trips to a nearby yarn shop and fiber farm. For more information and to complete the knitting workshops survey, visit our website, here.


3-night package: $527.21 per person, double occupancy

3-night package: $639.30 per person, single occupancy

-Packages include lodging, meals, program fee, and use of assigned facilities


View the tentative schedule.

6 - 8

Our Song Fall Retreat

 Contact Ellen Chase ( for more information.

13 - 15

Elementary Youth CON

Youth: $100 per person

Advisor: $25 per person

20 - 22

Fall Board Meeting

20 - 22

Intermediate Youth CON

Youth: $100 per person

Advisor: $25 per person

25 - 29

Thanksgiving on The Mountain

 Save the date - Planning is underway for another memorable weekend of sharing our lives together in joy and thanksgiving. Details for the weekend will appear shortly along with a registration link.

December 2015

4 - 6

Senior High Youth CON

Youth: $100 per person

Advisor: $25 per person

February 2016

19 - 21

Winter Board Meeting

May 2016

27 - 29

Spring Board Meeting (Homecoming)

September 2016

30 - October 2

UUFA (Athens) Congregational Retreat

 Save the Date! Coordinator for this 2016 event is Vivian Preston Sellers.