• 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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Appreciation goes to the Southeast LREDA Chapter leaders for organizing a wonderful Religious Education Week! We were fortunate to host UU religious educators and their children from around the Southeast and beyond. Most came for the Multicultural Renaissance training, co-led by Rev. Claudia Jimenez and Erin Reid, with some participating in the Returning to the Wellspring morning sessions.

Thanks, also to Jess Hunt and Gail Forsyth-Vail for their afternoon program, Dismantling White Supremacy in Religious Education, and Pam Siegler for her Getting to the Heart sessions.

The participating children and youth were treated to engaging camp activities and sessions about pollinators, led by Teresa Honey Youngblood and Jennifer Hackett. Such fun!
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Coming Soon to The Mountain:
July 26th-28th with Spiritual Pathways
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Are fond camp memories still lingering with you? Have you ever found yourself humming the Good Morning Song on your way to work? Are you making friendship bracelets during your Monday meeting? Do you long for the simple joy of capturing flags on the field?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, MountainCamp Alumni Weekend 2019 is for you!
Consider joining us as we celebrate The Mountain’s 40th year with hikes, workshops, evening programs and old fashioned relaxation. We will be looking for people to run workshops and lead hikes. We're looking to reconnect with campers, staff and families.

Register:
themountainrlc.org/event/2019-mountain-camp-alumni-weekend/
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Dear camper, we've missed you, and we hope you've missed us too... it may have been a while but we wanted to reach out and reconnect. We've been crafting something just for you actually...

Times may have changed, you may have moved, people may have passed, you may even have a family of your own now.
Come tell us about it! Share your joy and stories. We want to see whats been going on in your life and how we can reconnect now through a place we all love. The Mountain wants to be here for you. Share it with your family, live the experience of summer camp again, laugh, love and play. Even if you don't have a family, this is Intergeneration Camp, come as you are and find one here.

LEE KNIGHT will also be in attendance to celebrate in song! His music and stories have been central to MountainCamp since the beginning! This will be a great chance to reunite and hear tales spanning the 40 years The Mountain has been around.

We hope to see you on The Mountain!

Register:
themountainrlc.org/event/2019-intergenerational-family-camp/
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In the vein of relating to our food. The upcoming Climate Justice Conference will have a guest speaker on "The Ethics of Eating" with Sally Sanders

The Ethics of Eating workshop will explore connections between our food choices and individual and community health, world hunger, and environmental issues, including sustainability, climate change, pollution, deforestation, and resource use.

We will explore modern agriculture practices and examine why these practices are identified by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as a major source of our most urgent environmental problems.

We will also explore exciting new food science developments in cell-based and plant-based foods that represent the future of meat and dairy agriculture and we will look at how we can have a significant impact on resolving climate justice issues through thoughtful and responsible food choices.

Sally Sanders is a retired science educator currently providing science consulting services to assessment, curriculum, and textbook companies. She was a chemistry teacher in Florida for 20 years and served in state-level education administration for 13 years.

She is an educator with a non-profit education organization, raising awareness of sustainability and health impacts of our food choices and is involved as a volunteer with community service activities in Tallahassee, Florida. She also enjoys serving as an instructor with the Florida State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Her credentials include a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Florida, M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University, Baldridge Leadership Certification, School Accreditation Chair Certification, and Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator

Learn more and Register: themountainrlc.org/event/climate-justice/
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