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A New Year’s Retreat – Cultivating Inner Stillness in a Chaotic World: Highlands, NC

CE Hours:   18 + open to the public
When:   Dec 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - Jan 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Dec 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - Jan 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

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“This whole experience was just the medicine I was looking for.  My heart is full of infinite love and gratitude. ”  Judy M., Philadelphia, PA

There is a beauty that begins to form when we live and work with more mindfulness and presence. This time of year, at the peak of winter’s darkness, provides an ideal opportunity to retreat inward, reflect and listen deeply as you stand in the stillness between the old year and the new.  It is an opportunity to awaken your heart-filled intentions and a begin to form a more beautiful way of living in the world.

This retreat is being held over the New Year at The Mountain Retreat Center in Highlands, NC, a place chosen for its peaceful and inspirational views in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Enjoy the quiet of a walk in the old growth forest with rare white oaks or contemplate in the beautiful mountaintop labyrinth.  The Mountain is located just four miles from the resort town of Highlands, NC.

To read more about the meditation retreat, click here. Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.

Dates:  Friday, December 29th at 3pm to Monday, January 1st after lunch.
Price:  Per person fee begins at $299 for 3 nights accommodations and meals.  Retreat is being offered by facilitators in the spirit of generosity.
Location:  The Mountain Retreat Center, Highlands, NC
Massage Therapists:  18 NCBTMB CE’s • Open to everyone!

Note:  This New Year’s retreat is a unique and special community offering in the spirit of generosity.  At the end of the retreat, you may make donation or contribution as an expression of your gratitude to the facilitators – this is at your discretion.


Do I need to have a regular meditation practice to attend this retreat?

This retreat is appropriate for all, including beginners. During the retreat you will receive instruction on a variety of meditation practices as well as any support and guidance you may need throughout the weekend.  If you already have an established meditation practice, this retreat can provide you with the opportunity to deepen your practice as you sit in community with others.

Who is this retreat for?

We offer this New Year immersion to those who want to wake up from the hurricane of chaos, step more solidly into inner stillness and tune into a more heartful way of being in work and life. The retreat is for those who are willing to drop into their hearts and out of the limiting beliefs of the mind.  Both beginner’s and long time meditators are welcome!

Why are you offering this retreat in the spirit of generosity?

We first encountered the concept of working in the spirit of generosity several years ago while reading Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.  Since that time we have witnessed many businesses, both large and small, experimenting with various models of generosity including sliding scale, pay what you can, or pay it forward.

We believe that the increasing interest in this new economic model, sometimes called the “gift economy,” signifies that a new awareness is unfolding of the importance of relationship, connection and trust in our economic exchanges.  We repeatedly hear from participants in our retreats that they are searching for more meaningful relationships, particularly in community with others.  We believe a new story is evolving, away from the staunch ideas of individualism and every man for himself and towards a stronger sense of interconnection and we are all in this together.  By offering our work within this new economic model we are allowing for the return of gratitude, trust, generosity and interdependence into our relationship with our participants.

What does it mean that this retreat is being offered in the “spirit of generosity”?

Historically, the price of our retreats has included the fixed costs (participant’s room, meals, meeting space rental etc.) plus we also add in a fee that pays us for our time & effort facilitating the retreat and other ‘costs of doing business’ expenses.  This retreat is different in that we won’t be adding our fee and we will be offered the retreat in the spirit of generosity.  Participants will only be charged for the fixed cost of their room and meals charged by the Art of Living Retreat Center (see costs below). None of the monies paid go to us and will not take into consideration our contribution, travel expenses or room and meals.  At the end of the retreat participants can freely elect to make a donation or contribution as an expression of their gratitude for whatever they may have received during the retreat.

We recognize that it is possible for some to have discomfort with a model like this.  We see this as an opportunity to examine more deeply our collective relationship with money, generosity, community and gifts. It can also be a time to reflect on what we care about and what we want to support in the world.

What is the cost for accommodations and meals?

The price below reflects per person costs for 3 nights of room & board.  It includes three nights accommodations and three meals daily beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Monday.

Triple Room, per person $299
Double Room, per person $415
Single Room, $499


Can I room with someone I know?

Yes.  When you register please let us know that you are attending with someone and that you would like to share a room with them.  If you are traveling alone and would like double accommodations, we will pair you with a same-gender roommate.

Can I add on days if I want to extend my stay?

Yes and we highly recommend it to enhance your retreat experience.  The cost per person for additional nights is $75 per person, per night. To add additional nights, please select how many additional nights you would like to stay during the checkout process.  If you have any questions, please email Sharon at or call 919-885-1069 prior to registering online and we will check on availability.

Will there be time in the schedule for rest, hiking or spa services?

Yes, we have deliberately created the retreat schedule so that it allows ample time for this.   A schedule will be sent to you in your information packet when you register.

I’m a massage therapist – can I receive continuing education hours for this retreat?

approved-providerYes.  Cultivating Inner Stillness in a Chaotic World is NCBMTB Approved for 18 CE hours and is listed as part of our Mindfulness Professional Training. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the retreat to submit to your state licensing board or for recertification with the NCBTMB.

How do I get to The Mountain Retreat Center?

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is perched on a 4,200 foot high granite cliff on the Eastern Continental Divide in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains located in southwest NC four miles from the resort town of Highlands.  he retreat center is located at 3872 Dillard Rd. in Highlands, NC about 1.5 hours from Asheville and 2.5 hours from Atlanta.

I still have more questions, how do I get in touch with you?

Please write to one of the facilitators at Tracey at or Sharon at You can also call 919-885-1069.

We hope you’ll join us for this very special retreat!

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Dec 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Jan 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Event Category:
18 + open to the public


The Mountain Retreat Center
3872 Dillard Rd.
Highlands, NC United States
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