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Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1979 by UUs to provide summer camp experience for our children
  • Located on 4,200-foot high granite cliffs on the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Highlands, NC
  • Non-profit year-round ecologically conscious retreat and learning center serving churches, businesses, non-profits, schools, and other groups
  • Active member of the Unitarian Universalist Alliance of Camps & Conference Centers (UUACCC)
  • Open door policy is based on the Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith tradition and principles

The Mountain is here to enrich lives, create community, and celebrate nature. We’d love your congregation to be a partner in this amazing and meaningful venture.

Focus on UUs Youth


The Mountain provides summer camp experiences for children from 1st-12th grade.

The Mountain places a strong emphasis on being an inclusive, non-competitive environment where youth can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and form lifelong friendships.

Youth CONferences

The Mountain Youth CONferences program is designed to provide the children at UU congregations opportunities to build tighter connections to one another and to our UU faith tradition.

Counselor in Training (CIT)

The Counselor in Training program is designed to build our leaders of tomorrow.

Our Counselor in Training program has for decades consistently given young adults the skills and confidence to excel in college, as well as in their work and home environments.

Congregation Retreats

The Mountain is the host location for many congregation-sponsored retreats. A congregation retreat is a perfect way to develop deeper relationships with fellow members of your congregation.  A congregation retreat is a family affair, so children have an opportunity to experience our UU faith community from a mountain top with other children in a joyful and memorable way. Our Guest Services and Group Sales staff are eager to assist you with planning your congregation’s retreat at The Mountain.

Congregation Retreat Planning at The Mountain


Other Retreats

The Mountain also plans and sponsors retreats such as our annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Southern UU Fall Institute, Appalachian Spring Hiking, The Mountain Homecoming and Annual Meeting and other events open to all UU members and friends.

Additionally, we open our facilities to others to plan and sponsor their own retreats. The Mountain has provided facilities, for example, to the Ontario Cycling Association for early spring training to the Ontario Cycling Association, annual Gay Spirit Vision retreats, The Black and Female Leadership Institute. UU Womenspirit as well as others.  Check the registration information on the website to see which retreats are open to the public or require specific invitation.

Highlands Area

There are also a number of activities and venues in the Highlands area you may enjoy as well. There is plenty of local hiking, waterfalls to visit, and outdoor activities.  You may also want to enjoy a day exploring the wineries that are near The Mountain.

Support With Time, Talent and Treasury

The Mountain is a non-profit organization and thus depends on the donations of time, talent, and treasury of supportive members and friends. During our Annual Fund Drive that ends in May, each year we raise approximately $250,000.  Your generous donations enable The Mountain to continue its Mission and Vision.

We also welcome your talents and time. The Mountain sponsors work weekends during the year so supporters of The Mountain can help maintain and beautify our lovely mountain top. We also have “off Mountain” projects that can be done in your home. No donation of time is too small and all donations are warmly welcomed.

Getting Your Congregation Involved

There are many ways you get your congregation involved. The Mountain is our own UU retreat and learning center atop a spiritual and inspiring mountain. We want to make sure that all UUs have a chance to participate in Mountain summer camp and retreat programs.

See the sidebar to the left for suggestions how you can get more involved with our retreat and learning center in the clouds.

Our Wider UU Community

The congregations located in the Southeast, MidSouth, Florida, and Southwest Districts are now a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Southern Region. The Mountain is located in this region and promotes its retreats, programs, and MountainCamps on the Southern Region’s events calendar.

To learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Association and all its programs and services, visit the website. The annual gathering of the UUA is the General Assembly, which will be held in Kansas City in 2018.

The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center is a Related Organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a partner in the UU Alliance of Camps & Conference Centers (UUACCC) organization. In 2018, The Mountain joined the other UU Camps & Conference Centers in contributing to the Black Lives UU Promise & Practice funding campaign in support of racial justice and equity, in the wider Unitarian Universalist Association community and beyond.

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Contact Us

We truly want to strengthen our connections with congregations, so please let us know how we can cultivate a relationship with your congregation!

For more information us our Contact Us webpage and contact our Development Director.