Congregation Connections

Interested in discovering ways to learn about or spread the word about The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center? You’ve come to right spot!

What The Mountain is

  • The Mountain was founded in 1979 by a group of UUs from SUUSI 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.



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.

What The Mountain Offers for UU Youth

Other Retreats & Resources 

The Mountain also plans and sponsors retreats such as our annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Southern UU Fall Institute, 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 to reoccurring groups for years such as the shaman's group; Qollasuyu, the Israeli dance group; Karmiel, annual Gay Spirit Vision retreats, The Black and Female Leadership Institute. UU Womenspirit as well as others.  Check the events page to see which retreats are open to the public or require specific invitation.

If you would like to host a retreat keep the following in mind: 


Great congregational retreats take time to plan. Think of a time of year. Be aware that weekends in the late Spring and Fall fill quickly, so schedule early. Weekdays and the winter months have greater availability.

When you're ready to schedule, contact The Mountain Group Sales office:


Once your date is scheduled, you will receive a contract to be signed and returned to confirm. Then you can send out a "save the date" notice to your congregation.


Your event will be listed on The Mountain's website for publicity and registration. 


Now it's time to begin planning a great retreat program and activity offering.


A reference to our offerings, facilities, lodging and more can be found on our website under "Plan Your Retreat."