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A More Beautiful World Weekend

 Formerly the Sustainability & Climate Justice Conference

A deep part of us knows that the Earth's climate is intricately connected to the political, social, and spiritual climate. This week offers a radical take on earth healing that rewrites the climate narrative. This is not just an ideas workshop. Be prepared to do inner work, to release the despair narrative, and to activate an empowered hope for planetary healing. 

September 18-20,  2020

"Our hearts know a more beautiful world is possible because we have experienced glimpses of what life in that world could be, yet we carry habits and patterns of the old, dying “Story of Separation.” Our minds don't know exactly how to navigate the path from here to there, but our hearts can lead us." During this weekend retreat, we will examine and begin to release the old story, while together writing the new story, a story of "Interbeing." Using Charles Eisenstein’s book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible as inspiration, we will delve into the issues of climate change, politics, healthcare, economics, isolation, and dissatisfaction, recognizing how these operate in and characterize the Story of Separation. After discerning the old story's limitations and envisioning a new (yet ancient) story, we will return from this retreat with expanded awareness, personal connections, and valuable tools to carry the new story of a More Beautiful World into our own lives and communities.

In our registration system, select Other Retreats then select your "A More Beautiful Week" program.


What to Expect

The schedule is listed below. This event will prompt us to create, collaborate, educate, activate, meditate, recreate, debate and celebrate!

Sessions include: 

- Collectivist Business Strategies: investing in others as the means of financial security

- Strengths Based Psychology: how to uplift community through empowering people to use their      unique gifts 

- Honoring our Indigenous Ancestors

- Intro to Permaculture 

- Planting for the Future: introduction to working with soil and water

- Beginner Seed Saving: reclaiming our food sovereignty

- Guided Meditations and Forest Walks

... along with plenty of time for spontaneous connection, play and reflection...

Calling Practitioners of Sacred Activism / Change-Makers / Community Conduits 

Sacred Activism is a form of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual passion with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants. Whether you consider yourself an “influencer” or not, we all have the remarkable ability to effect change and act as conduits for ideas that reach far beyond our personal sphere. This is a chance to find the others, collaborate with, learn from, and support one another. Participate and celebrate in practices of localization. Discover what is happening in our communities, and how we can weave together threads to form the fabric of interbeing.

Morphic Resonance

A term coined by the biologist Rupert Sheldrake. “It holds as a basic property of nature that forms and patterns are contagious: that once something happens somewhere, it induces the same thing to happen elsewhere… Here we have the chance to expand the realm of matter to include the properties of spirit, rather than to appeal to something extra-material in order to bestow intelligence on a dead material world. “ 


About the Book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible:

View The Book (a paperback copy of the book will be mailed directly to participants upon registration. The book is also available to be read for FREE online.)

"In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness—called interbeing—we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.

Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture’s guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get our selves in order, any action we take—no matter how good our intentions—will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

With chapters covering separation, interbeing, despair, hope, pain, pleasure, consciousness, and many more, the book invites us to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a Story of Interbeing."

*above quotations are resourced from the pages of ​

Gathering in the Time of COVID19 and Virtual Participation

The Mountain and our event organizers understand that not everyone will be ready to gather for this in-person retreat, as it is being offered at a time when we are all in our own process of reemergence. Portions of this week's events will be available for online participation via Zoom. Please stay tuned for more details about virtual participation.

For those who are ready to gather spaciously, we encourage your support through registering now and saving the dates. The Mountain is currently composing our plan hosting retreats that minimize virus spread and that provide every person on our campus an environment that feels safe. We welcome your voice regarding what protocols you would want to see in place. Please feel free to contact with your suggestions.  


  • Weekend Program:  ​September 18-20, 2020! 

          Friday afternoon  -  Sunday afternoon

  • Online Registration is Now Open!



Online Guest Speaker, Charles Eisenstein! 

Reservation Fee includes

  • Lodging, Meals, Programming

  • Your own paperback copy of The More Beautiful Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

Adult Package Rate:

($95/night for food, lodging and programming)

Friday - Sunday, 3 day / 2 night = $190 

* Package Rate is for double or single occupancy, depending upon whether you are traveling solo or with your partner, family or quaran-team friends.  Shared rooms will not be assigned at random and solo travelers will be given a private room at no additional charge.*

Work Trade and Scholarship Available 

We invite all who feel drawn to this event to be able to participate. If the cost is prohibitive of your attendance please do not hesitate to reach out. The Mountain will work with you to setup an equitable exchange of energy for your participation.

To do this contact:

or call: (828) 526-5838 ext 218 

Youth Rates:  We are no longer providing a specific youth program for this event, however The Mountain is an excellent place for play and exploration. Youth attendance is encouraged and parents will be responsible for their own childcare. Youth are invited to join in Adult programming.

Young Adults/Teens, ages 13-17

($35/day to cover the cost of food) 

3 day / 2 night = $70

* all Youth to be housed with accompanying Adult. *

Children (ages 0-12) attend FREE.

although young children and babies attend free we do ask that you register them in our system so that we know to expect them in your party.


Commuter Rate / Day Pass, includes programming and meals.

No overnight accommodations. You choose which days of the program to attend. 

2 or 3 days = $100

1 day = $50

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About the Author, Charles Eisenstein: 

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, Sacred Economics, The Ascent of Humanity, Climate- A New Story, The Yoga of Eating and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. He lives in Rhode Island with his family.

Included in your registration you will receive a copy of the book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein. The book will be purchased by The Mountain using and shipped directly to you using the address on your registration. Please make sure your address is correct in our system. 

 Program Schedule 

*This is a working schedule and is subject to changes and edits as A More Beautiful World Weekend Unfolds

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