Eat, Pray, Love: Women's Retreat
to Mar 22

Eat, Pray, Love: Women's Retreat

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2: 42

This intimate women’s retreat will include shared meals, creative prayer workshops, times of worship, and lots of fellowship in the beautiful mountain community of Hot Springs, NC. Participants will stay in 2 adjacent cottages by a stream within walking distance of downtown. Each participant will receive a specially made gift bag upon arrival, along with custom thematic devotional materials. The retreat will be led by Jennifer McSwain Martin for a private group.

If you have a group of 10-20 women and would like to create a similar experience, contact Jennifer Martin,, 828.734.0630.

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Come, Holy Spirit: A Retreat with Jack Levison and Priscilla Pope-Levison
to Jul 10

Come, Holy Spirit: A Retreat with Jack Levison and Priscilla Pope-Levison

The Holy Spirit We Never Knew

Spend three soul-tending days with Dr. Jack Levison and Rev. Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, professors at SMU Perkins School of Theology, authors, and sought after speakers. The event will be filled with energy, thoughtful reflection, worship, and spiritual renewal.  Event begins on Monday evening and runs through Wednesday morning. (1 CEU Credit available for clergy.)


Seventeen words into the Bible, the Spirit of God hovers over a murky chaos. One hundred thirteen words from the end of the Bible, the Spirit invites everyone who is thirsty to drink for free. At the start and finish of the Bible—Genesis 1:2 and Revelation 22:17—the Spirit is there, bringing order to chaos and satisfaction to people with parched throats.

From beginning to end, the Spirit is active, yet we know so little about the Spirit of God. Not any more! Spend 3 days in the presence of the Spirit—studying, questioning, wondering, learning. With our Bibles at hand, we will explore the unknown but not unknowable world of the Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit gives you the opportunity to search the world of the Spirit in the Old and New Testaments, where the Spirit hovers, fills, rushes, clothes, rests, and is poured out upon people. By studying the Old and New Testaments in this retreat, you will learn to expect the unexpected of the Spirit, to prepare for the unprecedented, and, just as important, to discover the unlikely presence of the Spirit where you may least expect it—in the grit and grime of everyday life.


“Jack Levison studies, meditates, prays, and writes of the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives with more skill and understanding than anyone I know,” writes Eugene Peterson, author of The Message. Jack is an internationally recognized scholar, whose books have received wide acclaim. He holds the W. J. A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He has also held positions at Duke Divinity School and Seattle Pacific. Education: Ph.D., Duke University, 1985; M.A. Cambridge University, 1982; B.A., Wheaton College, 1978. (

Priscilla Pope-Levison is currently the Associate Dean for External Programs and Professor of Ministerial Studies at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. She has a passion for women’s studies and her interdisciplinary publications combine Theology, Gender Studies, Church History, and Mission and Evangelism. She has also held positions at Duke Divinity School and Seattle Pacific.  Education: Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 1989; M.Div. Duke Divinity School, 1983; B.A., DePauw University, 1980.

Program Registration: $165/person; Register online:

Lake Junaluska Lodging and Meal Packages available at Lake Junaluska. Call 800.222.4930 to make reservations. Please indicate that you are attending “Come, Holy Spirit.” If lodging online, use Group Reservation number #1785.

Questions: Call: 828.734.0630 or Email:


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Iona Pilgrimage
to May 25

Iona Pilgrimage

Our Iona Pilgrimage, May 18-25, 2019, held at the St. Columba Hotel, Iona, Scotland is currently full. Program sessions will be led by Jennifer Martin, MCE and Ned Martin, LPC, Spiritual Director. Pilgrims will also have the opportunity to worship 2 times a day at the Iona Abbey.

If you are interested in future Pilgrimages, contact Jennifer at  

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 A Grateful Lent with Diana Butler Bass
to Mar 23

A Grateful Lent with Diana Butler Bass

Tired of all the anxiety and fear surrounding us?  It seems whichever way we turn, whether toward church or toward our political life, there is conflict, anger, and division.  In her latest book, Diana Butler Bass explores how gratitude can heal our hearts and mend our divisions, offering a new vision of grace and justice that can change the world.  Come and be refreshed personally, gain new biblical insights, and explore how we might find our way back toward each other with hope, joy, and love.

Schedule: (All sessions at Lambuth Inn.) Opening Session-7:00-9:00pm; Morning Session- 9:00-Noon; Evening Session-7:00-9:00pm; Closing Session-9:00-11:00am. Session themes will include: Gratitude as a personal practice, gratitude as a communal practice, and re-reading the New Testament through the lens of gratitude.  (Optional afternoon opportunities available.)

Afternoon Workshop: SoulCollage/ Prayer Cards (Limited space available. Included in the workshop price.)

The group will be led through ancient Christian practices of centering prayer to quiet our hearts and minds. The Holy Spirit is invited into prayer, reflection, and an art response. Visual prayers are created through a process called SoulCollage®. This is a process of making collage cards through an intuitive selection of images from magazines and photos.  Participants will become present to their unique and many-faceted Soul in a new way. This illumination often deepens and nourishes our relationship with God. This is a simple & creative process that holds deep meaning for many and does not require any artistic ability-just the ability to cut and paste! ( Facilitated by Arika Morrison, M.S., LPCS; Friday afternoon from 2-4pm.)

Registration Fee: $150/person includes 4 sessions with Diana Butler Bass, book signing, and worship. (1 CEU Credit available.) Register at: With registration, receive a FREE Digital copy of “Diana’s 7-Day Guide to Gratitude.”

Lodging Options: (The event will be held at Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska, NC. Check surrounding areas for additional lodging options. Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Jonathan Valley, and Clyde are less than a 15 minute drive from the venue.)

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center (Call 800.222.4930 for availability.)

Lake Junaluska Cottage Rentals (Call 800-222-4930, ext. 2 or check for details.)

Providence Lodge, privately owned rustic lodge located at Lake Junaluska, a short walk from Lambuth Inn. (Room rates include breakfast. Variety of room options.) (

AirBnB has options in the area.

Questions: call 828.734.0630, email:

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A Weekend with Dr. Jerry Wright
to Sep 9

A Weekend with Dr. Jerry Wright

Jungian Psychology and Celtic Spirituality: Resources for a Grounded Mysticism

The Retreat will seek to address the deep hunger for a soulful spirituality, one which overcomes the centuries-old splits between matter and spirit, earth and heaven, body and soul – or, in psychological language the split between conscious and unconscious.  Drawing on the relatively young discipline of Jungian or analytical psychology, and the ancient wisdom which nourished our Celtic ancestors, Dr. Wright will propose what might be called a “grounded mysticism” which honors the innumerable ways the resources of the deep unconscious seeks expression or incarnation.  Attention will be given to inclusive god-images and religions which challenge fear-based claims to superior and exclusive truth which tear at the fabric of our individual and collective lives.  The Retreat will provide a creative space for considering a new religious/spiritual paradigm which seems to be on the horizon, begging for midwives to assist in its birthing.  No previous knowledge of Celtic spirituality nor Jungian psychology is required for full participation. 

Jerry R. Wright is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Flat Rock, NC.  An experienced retreat/conference leader, he has also led pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland, Ireland, Peru, and India.  Dr. Wright’s doctoral thesis, Symbols For The Christ In The Gospel Of John And The Archetypal Self In The Psychology Of C.G. Jung, and his Jungian thesis, Archetypal Thin Places: Experiencing The Numinosum explored his passion for analytical psychology, Celtic spirituality, and the experience of the numinous (sacred or holy) in the practice of Jungian analysis, as well as in everyday life.  He is the author of the forthcoming book, Re-Imagining God and Religion:  Essays for the Psychologically Minded to be released in early 2018.

Program Registration: $200/person. Register online here or send check payable to: Jennifer Martin, 205 Calico Lane, Clyde, NC 28721.

Lodging and Meal Packages: (Separate registration with Lake Junaluska Conference Center) include 2 nights lodging at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, and breakfast on Saturday through breakfast on Sunday.  Terrace and Lambuth Rooms available. Double Room packages start at $141/person plus tax. Call 800.222.4930 for reservations. (Ask for the First Light Production room block.)


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to Jul 2

Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Retreat with John Philip Newell

This spiritual retreat in the mountains of Western North Carolina, will offer contemplation, worship, and thoughtful reflection through the lenses of Celtic Spirituality. Led by acclaimed poet and peace maker, J. Philip Newell, the weekend will be filled with engagement as we listen for the heartbeat of God. Philip will speak during 4 sessions throughout the weekend.

About the Speaker:

The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar. John Philip is an ordained Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, and his most latest visionary work The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings.





Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, 91 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 (For Lodging/Meal Reservations: 800.222.4930,

Event Schedule and Workshops: Click Here

Lodging and Meal Packages: 

Packages are per person and include 2 nights lodging, breakfast on Saturday through breakfast on Sunday. For Lodging/Meal Reservations, contact: 800.222.4930, (Mention "Philip Newell Retreat."). NOTE: Online reservations through will not access the event room block. Calling or emailing required for reservations.

-The Terrace: $303/person Single Occupancy; $173/person Double Occupancy (plus tax) LIMITED ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE TERRACE

-Lambuth Inn: $263/person Single Occupancy; $153/person Double Occupancy (plus tax)

Event Registration:

$215/person ($15 discount with purchase of Lake Junaluska lodging/meal package.) Space is limited.  Register now! 




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