• MountainCamp

    MountainCamp

    For more than 35 years, The Mountain has provided enriching youth summer camp programs filled with recreation, adventure, education and creativity. The 4:1 camper to counselor ratio and professionally trained staff create a safe environment where campers are treated with respect, kindness and consideration, and are celebrated for their individual talents.

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  • About

    About

    The Mountain, founded by Unitarian Universalists in 1979, is a non-profit year-round ecologically conscious retreat and learning center serving churches, businesses, non-profits, schools, and other groups. Located on 4,200 foot high granite cliffs on the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer a very unique opportunity – come refresh your spirit in the natural […]

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  • Attend a Mountain Retreat

    Attend a Mountain Retreat

    The Mountain is an ecologically conscious center that has been inspiring people of all ages for more than 35 years with enriching programs, a caring environment and amazing beauty. The Mountain’s relaxed environment and comfortable lodging and meeting spaces provide the ideal setting to accomplish your retreat goals.

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  • Environment Sustainability

    Environment Sustainability

    The Mountain has taken important steps in preserving the unique environment and ecosystem around it. In 2008, the property was placed in a conservation easement with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. As a result of the conservation easement, The Mountain’s property is preserved in perpetuity.

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  • Meeting Spaces

    Meeting Spaces

    At The Mountain we have ample indoor and outdoor meeting facilities. Whatever your meeting space needs, we have a comfort solution. Several of our facilities are handicapped accessible as well.

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  • Giving

    Giving

    Send your Love to The Mountain by making a gift today!

    Tax-deductible gifts to The Mountain’s Annual Fund fund approximately 25% of our operations budget, supplementing program revenue to keep The Mountain well-maintained, financially healthy, and staffed year-round. Your gifts help keep our program costs affordable for all. With only a few weeks to the end of the year, we still have nearly $70,000 more to raise to meet our annual funding goal. You can make it possible to achieve or surpass our goal!

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A Mountain Top Retreat and Learning Center

Quick Links

MountainCamp Home Page

Quick access to The MountainCamp home page with information on camp descriptions, dates, costs and other helpful information.

Youth CONference Home Page

Quick access to Youth CONference home page with information on CONference descriptions, dates, costs and other helpful information.

All Retreats and Events

Quick access to descriptions of all of The Mountain's current retreats and events. You can register to attend after selecting a description.

Congregation Connections Home Page

Quick access to the Congregation Connections Homepage with access to a rich set of resources to connect your congregation to The Mountain.

Media Resources

Media Resources

Media Resources

Resource page for “Copy Ready” newsletter inserts, retreat flyers or posters that can be printed, back issues of our eNewletter Mountain Matters and The Mountain’s Annual Reports

Mountain Governance

Board, Bylaws, Policies

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is a non-profit membership organization. We are proud that our doors are open to all and we are equally proud of our transparency in our management of this beautiful mountain top.

Directions

Directions

Directions

The Mountain: 3872 Dillard Road (Hwy 106), Highlands, NC 28741. We are 4 miles southwest of Highlands, NC and 10 miles east of Dillard, GA on GA Hwy 246/NC Hwy 106.

Accommodations

Lodging

Lodging

We have comfortable accommodations for any retreat needs. Seven different lodging options – with a sleeping capacity of 80 – 100 guests (adults) and up to 150 (adults and youth). Lodging configuration for individuals, families and small to large groups. We provide all linens (sheets, blankets, pillow cases, towels).  See our Retreat Suggested Packing List for details on our services and […]

Mountain Store

Mountain Store

We hope that you take home some “Mountain memories” from your visit.  We have a great selection of t-shirts, caps, bumper stickers, water bottles, and coffee mugs emblazoned with Mountain imagery. We also have note cards and photographs with wonderful images taken on our property. The Mountain Store is located in our Office. The Necessities  […]

Dining

Dining

Fresh Food That Nourishes. At The Mountain we want to feed both your spirit and your body. Equipped with recently upgraded commercial appliances, our Dining Hall team has the capacity to provide three nourishing meals daily.

Meeting Spaces

Meeting Spaces

At The Mountain we have ample indoor and outdoor meeting facilities. Whatever your meeting space needs, we have a comfort solution. Several of our facilities are handicapped accessible as well.

Sustainability

Many Hands Peace Farm

Many Hands Peace Farm

The Many Hands Peace Farm (MHPF) is an educational farm dedicated to improving The Mountain’s environmental sustainability while teaching interns, guests and MountainCamp youth the best practices of environmental education and sustainable agriculture.

Environment Sustainability

Environment Sustainability

The Mountain has taken important steps in preserving the unique environment and ecosystem around it. In 2008, the property was placed in a conservation easement with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. As a result of the conservation easement, The Mountain’s property is preserved in perpetuity.

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Mountain Matters Newsletter

Mountain Matters Newsletter

When you add your email to our mailing list, you will receive our Mountain Matters monthly eNewsletter. Mountain Matters keeps you informed on upcoming programs and retreats. Subscribing to Mountain Matters automatically enrolls you in our free Mountain Mover program. Add Your Email

Get Involved

Gardening Apprenticeship

Gardening Apprenticeship

The Mountain offers Garden Apprenticeships, also known as the Sustainable Agriculture and Experiential Education Apprenticeship Program, in conjunction with our Many Hands Peace Farm and in support of The Mountain’s overall commitment to conservation. Submit an application for a Garden Apprenticeship Learning Opportunities This Sustainable Agriculture and Experiential Education Apprenticeship program initially began in 2014 and is […]

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Mountain volunteers help carry out the mission of The Mountain by serving alongside year-round staff in areas of need. Both long-term and short-term assignments are available throughout the year with room and board provided.

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For all in our community who celebrate Hanukkah, we send you greetings from The Mountain. May this festival of lights and traditions bring you peace, love, joy, and many blessings! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Mountain is fortunate to have such dedicated and skilled staff and volunteers in 2017! As we wind down our operations for the season, our fall farm apprentices and several kitchen staff will be leaving and we will miss them. Some of our staff will be taking time off during the winter and we await their return.

We had our annual staff and volunteer holiday party recently and it was memorable with great costumes, potluck food, and gift exchange.

Here is our holiday greeting, from all of us at The Mountain to you. Thank you so much for being a part of our Mountain Community!

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A Call to Come & Create Heart Space!

Each of us needs a place of sanctuary from all that is happening in our troubled world. During these times of social turmoil and concern for our imperiled planet, we long for circles of healing—circles of relating through trust, connection, openness, and deep feeling. Come to The Mountain on Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 to explore practices for creating Heart Space, for ourselves and with others. Register by January 15th and get a $25 discount.

Imagine yourself in a comfortable conversation with three or four friends. The mood is warm and caring. Lighting a candle sets a tone that evokes feelings of open, curious receptivity. We are there together, nurtured by each other’s presence. We are also there learning to speak from feeling with feeling to each other, and to the larger embrace that holds us precious in this circle. This practice is not at all easy to learn. It is a true gift to be in such a space devoted to a special—even sacred—form of relating from our hearts. This invites communion with caring companions. Heart Space is such a place that holds this inviting form of soft, sacred space.

Who might be interested?

-Those who long for deeper connection and seek heartfelt presence with others.
-Those who want to listen with feeling as they journey further on the path of wisdom.
-Those who hunger to become authentic though it takes trust, vulnerability and courage.
-Those who want to feel held, heard, comforted, and stirred by the qualities of love.

Ministers, Directors of Religious Education, Membership volunteers and staff, and Small Group Ministry leaders and members may be particularly interested, both for themselves and for their congregations.

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The Dining Hall windows were replaced yesterday with new, energy-efficient windows that will save on heating costs for years to come. Thanks to the Mountain donors that made this facilities improvement project possible, and to our volunteer helpers, Ian and Robert E, and staff Russell, Kerry, and Justin who made the installation process fast and efficient. Next? The weather seals and trim work will be done to finish the project and ready things for the winter months. ... See MoreSee Less

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