• 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 your support and generosity in 2017, we raised over $210,000 in annual and campership funding, and another $187,000 in funding designated for special projects and purposes. Thank you!

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  • About

    About

    The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center was founded in 1979 and is located on 4,200 foot high granite cliffs of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. We hope you will come for one of our engaging array of programs, a group retreat, or an individual stay to refresh your spirit in the natural beauty of this mountaintop setting.

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  • Silent Auction 2018

    Silent Auction 2018

    Now through Saturday, November 24th you can bid on a variety of vacation rentals and hosted B&B stays. If you are onsite during this time, there will also be a wonderful array of gift baskets and other items on display for onsite bidding. This is a fun way to support The Mountain’s annual funding, and get a great holiday gift or vacation get-away at the same time! Watch The Mountain’s Facebook page or click HERE for the auction items. To register a bid or for more info: development@themountainrlc.org

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  • MountainCamp

    MountainCamp

    Our summer MountainCamps have been changing lives, forging lasting friendships, and making timeless memories for 40 years! From Beginner Camp through High School, MountainCamp weeks are filled with adventure, community, creativity and fun. Camps have a 4:1 staffing ratio, with lots of training and support for our 50+ counselors. MountainCamp registration begins on November 1st.

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  • Many Hands Peace Farm

    Many Hands Peace Farm

    The Many Hands Peace Farm is an educational farm dedicated to teaching apprentices and The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center’s guests about the concepts and techniques of regenerative agriculture. The Farm contributes to The Mountain’s overall environmental sustainability, producing food, mushrooms, flowers, eggs, and herbs for use in our kitchen and dining hall.

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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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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 is an educational farm dedicated to teaching apprentices and The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center’s guests about the concepts and techniques of regenerative agriculture. The Farm contributes to The Mountain’s overall environmental sustainability, producing food, mushrooms, flowers, eggs, and herbs for use in our kitchen and dining hall.

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.

Subscribe to our eNewsletter

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. Add Your Email

Get Involved

Farm Apprenticeship Program

Farm Apprenticeship Program

The Mountain offers Farm Apprenticeships in conjunction with our Many Hands Peace Farm and support The Mountain’s overall commitment to sustainability. Submit an application for a Farm Apprenticeship Learning Opportunities This Farm Apprenticeship program initially began in 2014 and is designed to support the individual learner’s professional development through experiential education.  Apprentices are hired to live, learn, […]

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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3 days ago

The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center

Thank you to all who support our Mountain Campership Fund, which provides financial assistance to over 35 campers each summer!

themountainrlc.org/mountaincamp/Congratulations to Olivia Harris who was the winner of this year's MountainCamp Drawing fundraiser! This entitles Olivia to one week of traditional MountainCamp next summer.

Thanks so much to all who donated and participated in the drawing. All proceeds go to the Mountain Campership Fund.
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3 days ago

The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center

Spirit of The Mountain Silent Auction--Item #6
A Week at a North Myrtle Beach Condo--back by popular demand! Value: $1,100 Minimum bid: $550

You'll be staying for 1 week at the popular Waterpointe II resort in the Windy Hills section of North Myrtle, directly on the beach. This resort is well liked for its moderate size and amenities, especially the heated indoor pool and hot tub, the oceanfront outdoor pool and kiddie pool, and the large sundeck. This condo is on the 7th floor of a 10-story building. We have 2 bedrooms with King beds and a third with 2 twins, sleeping 6-8 people.

You'll love the wide beach with its soft, white sand, and the warm ocean waters. And you'll have lots of diversions here in North Myrtle Beach, voted one of America's "Best Beaches" by the Travel Channel. You'll enjoy lots of sun all day from the beach, which faces south-southeast.

You may see dolphins jumping in the surf and shore birds diving for a meal. For more information, see the condo website: www.sccondo.com/

If you are interested in bidding on this vacation item, use the comment section below, or email: development@themountainrlc.org
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Spirit of The Mountain Silent Auction--Item #5

5-Night Stay at Ormond Beach Condo (available only Dec 16-21, 2018)

Value: $800 Minimum bid: $400

Spend 5 nights at a resort condo at The Cove on Ormond Beach, Florida in mid-December, from December 16-21, 2018*. This is a 550-square foot one-bedroom condo, with a Master bedroom with queen bed, queen sleeper sofa in living room, a full kitchen, ocean view balcony and a one-minute walk to the beach.

The Cove on Ormond Beach offers all the simple pleasures you expect for a Florida seaside escape. Located steps from the ocean, featuring accommodations equipped with full kitchens. Start your day with an ocean sunrise, and then relax in the sand, with family or friends. The Cove on Ormond Beach is the place you want to be – directly on the beach!

*These are the only dates available for this offer. Fully transferable with a $25 fee.
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5 days ago

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Spirit of The Mountain Silent Auction--Item #4
Personal Retreat for Two at The Mountain.

Value: $200 Minimum bid: $80

The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center offers a Personal Retreat for Two, for 2 nights*. Here is your chance to enjoy your own private stay at this glorious high-mountain setting, an easy drive from Highlands NC and close to the Nantahala National Forest and area waterfalls, hiking trails, and quaint downtown Highlands, NC. The Mountain offers lodge rooms with private bath, or cabin rooms with private bath, and cafeteria-style meals*. Our Kitchen Staff prepare meals that are varied and tasty, featuring locally-sourced and farm-to-table ingredients whenever possible. Special dietary needs are accommodated to the extent possible, with advance notice, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

*Subject to availability, preferably mid-week, valid for 1 year from date of issue. Meals may be included, depending on the scheduling. **The kitchen operates only when there are groups present. If you schedule when meals are not available, you can go to Highlands, Cashiers, or Clayton GA for restaurants, groceries, or carry-out.

To begin the bidding on this item, contact The Mountain's Development Office: development@themountainrlc.org
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6 days ago

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Spirit of The Mountain Silent Auction 2018--Item #3
Hosted B&B Get-Away in Asheville
Value: $450 Minimum bid: $225

Spend 2 or 3 nights in East Asheville, just a 10-minute drive to Downtown Asheville, with all its great restaurants, breweries, Arts District, music & theater venues, botanical gardens, Folk Art Center, Biltmore Estate, and French Broad river activities. Lots of hiking, nature trails, and waterfalls within a 1-2-hour radius.

This hosted B&B stay features a guest room with queen bed and private bath across the hall. Continental breakfast available. There is a host cat, so no folks with pet allergies.

To bid on this item, use the comment box with this post, or contact The Mountain's Development Office at development@themountainrlc.org
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