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.  


May 2015

5 - 7

American Chestnut Foundation

 Open to Board/Staff of the Foundation. For more information, see the ACF website HERE or call 828 281-0047.

14 - 17

UU Womenspirit Spring Institute & Gathering

 This very popular event occurs twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. 

See flyer HERE.

For more information, go to

17 - 22

Mountain Hiking May Retreat

Come enjoy a week of Day Hikes on foot trails along ridges and rivers, over mountains, and to waterfalls on the Highlands Plateau, an area renown for outdoor encounters. Enjoy several 2 to 5 mile moderate day hiking, education, fellowship, recreation, fun and good food for as long as you can stand it. 3 day and 5-day packages are available, both starting with your arrival on Sunday afternoon. Package Prices including meal, lodging, and a modest program fee for transportation are $285 for 3-nights, and $455 for all 5 nights.

A schedule of each day's activities is available HERE and a direct link to online reservations is HERE.

View the flyer here.

For more information, contact the Coordinator and Hike Leader, Barry White


22 - 25

Homecoming - Memorial Day Weekend - Annual Meeting - Spring Board Meeting

 Also known as Members Weekend, this traditional Mountain Program welcomes all "Comers" to celebrate our progress with The Annual Report to Members on Saturday afternoon, along with 3-days of entertaining programs for the whole family. Special "Family Friendly" prices for Youth ages 12-17 $96.00; younger children FREE! The Mountain Board of Trustees will gather for the Spring Quarterly Board Meeting. There is no cost to attend the Annual Meeting, and meals can be arranged with a phone call.

The Poster is available HERE and convenient online registration is available HERE. The adult price of $280.00 for all three nights includes great meals you've come to expect, and Mountain Chef Charity will have a few new surprises to delight you. COME HOME TO THE MOUNTAIN.

25 - 29

Appalachian Spring

The second year of Appalachian Spring brings back even more amazing programing!

-Keynote Presenter Rev. Dr. Barry Whittemore from North GA University will delve into the History of Appalachia.

-Long time Mountain lovers, the Harouffs, will add their music and Blue Ridge experiences.

-Hikes, "Pickin and grinin'", off site learning experiences, and evening entertainment will make this an experience to remember!


 Click here for the "Reflection" from 2014. A recap of pictures and poems of last year's program.

Pricing: $495 (5 days/4 nights, 12 meals) - price includes lodging, meals, and program fees


 Click here for the Flyer and Schedule

 Click here for Flyer and Workshop Descriptions.

Registration is now open!

June 2015

1 - 4

Mountain Hiking June Retreat

 Just in case you missed the April and May events, here's another opportunity to experience great hiking in a great place. The Mountain can satisfy your nature hunger, along with nutritious and tasty offerings from our own Mountain Chef, Charity Alston. This program is for 3-nights only, arriving Monday and departing Thursday after a morning activity & lunch.

View flyer here.

The abbreviated schedule is HERE and the link for online registration is Here.

4 - 7

Performing Artists Group

 This annual event is open to selected participants by invitation only. To register online, click HERE.

5 - 7

Nepali Healing Workshop

8 - 12

Gateway Believers: Chosen 2015

14 - 20

Elementary I Camp

 Ages 9-11

14 - 27

Elementary II Camp

 Ages 9-11

14 - July 18


 Leadership Experience! Ages 16-17

14 - July 25

Counselors In Training (CITs)

 Leadership Experience! Ages 17-18

16 - 19

Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE)

 For Members Only - apply online for MEMBERSHIP HERE

2015 SBSE Summer Retreat REGIONS and LOCALITIES

Prices for this 3-night Retreat include lodging and all meals Tuesday dinner through Friday lunch, and an enrollment fee: Participants & Presenters (double occupancy) $375.00 or (single occupancy - private room) $475.00. Partners and spouses can also register at the same price (membership not required) and enjoy a Mountain Holiday. Students pay only $25.00 for double occupancy lodging & meals with SBSE Scholarship, and Cook Scholarship recepients pay nothing for double occupancy lodging & meals.

For additional information, contact Emily McGlohn, or call 334 507-0257. Online Registration HERE.

19 - 21

Inner Smile Yoga

 Join me, Teresa Owen, for a wonderful Summer awakening at The Mountain. Through Yoga and Meditation, we will mark the seasonal change and our bodies' responses to those changes. For more information, see the FLYER and register HERE.

21 - 27

Beginning Camp

 Ages 6-8

26 - 29

Vista Yoga: Yoga Teacher Training Event

 Contact Marty Yura ( for more information and to register.

28 - July 4

Intermediate I Camp

 Ages 12-14

28 - July 11

Intermediate II Camp

Ages 12-14 

28 - July 11

Outdoor Skills & Adventure

 Outdoor Adventure Program Ages 15-17

29 - July 5

Fun & Adventure Week

For intergenerational fun that will challenge your young or mature body, join us for this week of Fun and Adventure! Adventures include rafting, rock climbing, ziplining, high ropes, and a wide range of hikes!


Look at our Flyer!

See our Schedule to learn more!

Program description coming soon.

July 2015

5 - 10

Religious Education Week 2015 (LREDA)

Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) - For program information contact Courtney McKenny at

Package Prices: Adults - $635; Youth (14-17) - $200; Children (6-13) - $200; Children (0-5) - FREE

Child care will be provided for all ages.

You can register online HERE.

12 - 18

Sr High I Camp

 Ages 15-17

12 - 25

Sr High II Camp

 Ages 15-17

12 - 25


 Outdoor Adventure Program Ages 12-14

21 - 24

Health & Wellness Retreat with Cathy Woods

This weekday retreat is designed by long time yoga teacher and life skills retreat leader, Cathy Woods. She has created a program where you can spend quality time with yourself and like minded individuals all coming together with intention of self care and renewal in a pristine and restorative NC mountains. Retreat includes workshops and presenters for your mind, body and soul. $455 for lodging, meals and program. Registration is now open online. Download the Flyer, Brochure or Program.

26 - August 2

Intergenerational Family Camp

 A Camp for families and friends of all ages to come together for traditional MountainCamp activities. Parents, Children, Grandparents are all welcome for this intergeneration camp experience. See the flyer HERE

Expanded 7 full days Arrive Sunday afternoon, depart Sunday after lunch 7/26-8/2 Adults $526, Youth & Teens 7-17 $245, Younger children 0-6 Free

5 days Traditional Camp Week Arrive Sunday afternoon, depart Friday after lunch 7/26-7/31 Adults $376, 7-17 $175, 0-6 Free

NEW - Weekend Camp Can't get a week off? You can still go to camp at The Mountain! Arrive Friday afternoon, depart Sunday after lunch 7/31-8/2 Adults $150, 7-17 $70, 0-6 Free

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.

13 - 16

Center for Integrative Yoga

Join Marlysa Sullivan and Tracey Sondik for this 3-night retreat to explore yoga, pranayama, meditation and psycho-spiritual inquiry, seeking to heal and transform from patterns that keep us from that connection inside and how to work with what arises to help cultivate healing, change and transformation. For more information,or to submit a question, visit our website HERE. To register online, click HERE.

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

8 - 10

Carriage Park Ramblers

 This mid-week Hiking retreat will be coordinated by Jan Allen. Click her name and drop her an email for more information.

11 - 13

LGBTQ Workshop for Youth

16 - 20

GSV Fall Retreat

 Online Registration is available now. Click HERE to register.

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.

October 2015

2 - 4

National Ladies Homestead Gathering Fall Retreat

 Find out more about National Ladies Homestead Gathering here.

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 FlyerSchedule, and Program Details.  
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.


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.

23 - 25

UUCA Mens Retreat

 For online registration, click HERE.

23 - 25

NWUUC (Atlanta) Congregational Retreat

Annual Event - Register before September 8th 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.

November 2015

6 - 8

Our Song Fall Retreat

 Contact Ellen Chase ( for more information.

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.

September 2016

30 - October 2

UUFA (Athens) Congregational Retreat

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