A Weekend with Diana Butler Bass
to Mar 23

A Weekend with Diana Butler Bass

More and more people are finding God beyond the walls of traditional religious institutions, but these seekers often miss the church community itself, including its shared spiritual practices such as gratitude. 

During this 2 night event in the mountains of western North Carolina, author and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity, Diana Butler Bass will explore why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offer practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminate how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.

Diana Butler Bass is an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX, has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including shows on NPR, CBC, and Sirius XM, and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines including Time, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate.  She was a founding blogger for both Beliefnet and Huffington Post religion.  Her bylines include the Washington Post and Atlantic.com.  She has preached and taught in hundreds of church, college, and conference venues in North America and beyond. She holds a PhD from Duke University.

About the Event: The event will include 4 sessions with Diana Butler-Bass, worship, and optional workshops on Friday afternoon. First session will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday evening and will be finished by 11:00 am on Saturday.

Program Registration: Includes all program sessions and worship.  To register, click on Registration or mail check payable to: Jennifer Martin, 205 Calico Lane, Clyde, NC 28721.

Registration Fee: $225/person (1 CEU Credit available.)

Lodging and Meal Packages: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, include 2 nights lodging and breakfast on Friday through breakfast on Saturday. Call 800.222.4930 to make lodging reservations. (Ask for the First Light Production room block.) 

Terrace Single: $296/person; Terrace Double: $171/person

Lambuth Single: $242/person; Lambuth Double: $144/person


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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

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 event speakers.  (1 CEU Credit available.)

Program Registration: $150/person EARLY REGISTRATION before December 31, 2018; $200 Registration after January 1, 2019. Register online: www.firstlightproductions.org/registration.

Lake Junaluska Lodging and Meal Packages include 2 nights lodging and breakfast on Tuesday through breakfast on Wednesday. Call 800.222.4930 to make reservations in the First Light Productions Room Block. (Room Block Rate available through June 8, 2019.)

Terrace: Single Occupancy-$332/person; Double Occupancy-$189/person.

Lambuth: Single Occupancy-$276/person; Double Occupancy-$161/person.

Questions: Call: 828.734.0630 or Email: jennifer@firstlightproductions.org.


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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, reservations@lakejunaluska.com)

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, reservations@lakejunaluska.com (Mention "Philip Newell Retreat."). NOTE: Online reservations through www.lakejunaluska.com 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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