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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.
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:
Why Come to The Mountain?
The Highlands plateau which encompasses The Mountain is a true mountain retreat. The climate stays much cooler than the surrounding foothills, supported by the vast national forest that make the views stunning, the waters cool, the air fresh, and spirts high. There are a number of activities and venues in the Highlands area you may enjoy as well. Explore local hikes, outdoor activities, and waterfalls. You may also want to visit nearby wineries or just enjoy the deck, rest, recharge, and take it all in.
Consider Supporting The Mountain
The Mountain is a non-profit organization and thus depends on the donations of time, talent, and treasury of supportive members and friends. During our Annual Fund Drive that ends in May, each year we raise approximately $250,000. Your generous donations enable The Mountain to continue its Mission and Vision.
Get The Congregation Involved
There are many ways you get your congregation involved. The Mountain is our own UU retreat and learning center atop a spiritual and inspiring mountain. We want to make sure that all UUs have a chance to participate in Mountain summer camp and retreat programs.
Our Wider UU Community
The congregations located in the Southeast, MidSouth, Florida, and Southwest Districts are now a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Southern Region. The Mountain is located in this region and promotes its retreats, programs, and MountainCamps on the Southern Region’s events calendar.
To learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Association and all its programs and services, visit the UUA.org website. The annual gathering of the UUA is the General Assembly, which will be held in Kansas City in 2018.
The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center is a Related Organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a partner in the UU Alliance of Camps & Conference Centers (UUACCC) organization. In 2018, The Mountain joined the other UU Camps & Conference Centers in contributing to the Black Lives UU Promise & Practice funding campaign in support of racial justice and equity, in the wider Unitarian Universalist Association community and beyond.
In The Mountain's efforts to uphold our role as an environmental steward and care of the local bio region through regenerative farming practices, we are supporters of the Green Sanctuary movement within the UU. We hold annual Climate Justice Conferences in order to strengthen conversation while providing tangible action and solutions around the topic of climate change.