• 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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  • 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.

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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. 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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The Mountain’s Energy Team has been busy identifying ways to make our facilities more energy efficient!

During the New Year’s Weekend, Team members Phil Sterner , Fred Amabile, and Russel Hunnewell, along with stellar volunteer Robert E Smith, worked to install 28 water heater insulation kits and a bunch of outlet insulators. There are another 20+ water heaters to be covered once we get the next batch of kits delivered and can continue the installation process...

This will enable us to save energy costs in all the cabins and buildings around The Mountain, year round. Thanks, Energy Team!
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Happy New Year wishes to you and yours from The Mountain! Our 40th year promises to be one of celebrations and great progress. We look forward to you being a part of it all.

A small and enthusiastic group gathered for the weekend to ring in 2019, organized by Linda and Phil Sterner, and supported by all who pitched in to make food, fun and games occur.

We held our second mystery party over a delicious meal, set in Casablanca in 1942—The Brie, The Bullet & The Black Cat. What a wild and dramatic cast of suspects!

Here are some photos from the festivities—
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