UPDATED August 25, 2021

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center remains vigilant

about offering a safe and hospitable experience for our guests.

We thank you for your trust and your partnership.

We look forward to welcoming and inspiring you during your visit.

Measures The Mountain Is Taking:

  • Employee and Volunteer Health Precautions:

    • Daily updates from the State Health Department and CDC are shared with The Mountain community, with information incorporated into ongoing practices.

    • All full time Mountain staff have been fully vaccinated.

    • All Mountain staff and volunteers participate in a COVID test weekly, receiving results in two days. 

    • The Mountain has COVID rapid test kits in the event of symptoms outlined in the CDC and State standard health protocols.

    • In the case of a positive test result, the staff member or volunteer would be expected to quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed, or at least ten days after first symptoms, per CDC guidelines.

    • Mountain staff and volunteers will wear protective masks in indoor spaces as recommended by the CDC and State guidelines. 

    • Staff and volunteers will wash and/or sanitize hands upon arrival at their designated work place, continuing this practice throughout the day as indicated.


  • General Precautions: 

    • For the safety of all guests, The Mountain will be operating at limited capacity, based upon the meeting spaces that will be utilized and in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC and the NC Department of Public Health. 

    • Guests will be housed in double or single occupancy, dependent on individual preferences and space availability. 

    • Guests and staff are expected to maintain six-foot distance between yourself and others not in your immediate social group.

    • Face masks are to be worn in the Main Office and Store space, as well as in the Dining Hall until being seated for your meal.

    • In the Dining Hall, a compostable glove is worn to serve yourself.

    • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitation measures supplied at stations throughout The Mountain.


  • Cleaning and Hygiene Measures: 

    • All vulnerable hard surfaces will be cleaned daily with antibacterial cleaners, with special attention to doorways and doorknobs, counters, handrails and other surfaces frequently having hand contact. 

    • Please provide your own mask. The Mountain has a limited amount of single-use  masks available.  Masks will be required when entering the Mountain's Main Office and Gift Shop space, as well as in the Dining Hall line to receive your meals. Once you have moved through the cafeteria line masks may be removed for dining. During "in session" time, the use of masks is not required by The Mountain and is up to the discretion of the event leaders. 

    • The Mountain will provide dedicated hand sanitizing stations throughout campus. However, we do recommend bringing your own personal hand sanitizer with you. 

Click here to view the waiver. 

If possible, we recommend you download and print 

a waiver to complete before arriving at The Mountain.


  • Practices for Mountain Guests:

    • Anyone who has been in contact with someone ill within 14 days of arrival at The Mountain, who is feeling ill, or who has symptoms outlined by the North Carolina Department of Public Health should not attend an event at The Mountain until being cleared by a health professional or being symptom-free for a minimum of 14 days. 

    • Mandated  vaccination with appropriate documentation may be required by event coordinators for outside events held at The Mountain.  All guests are encouraged to be vaccinated before attending any event at The Mountain.

    • Guests will be required to have their temperature taken at arrival. Guests who exhibit a body temperature over 100.4 degrees will be asked to leave The Mountain or to quarantine onsite overnight. In this instance appropriate refunds will be issued.

    • Guests will be asked to fill out a liability waiver upon arrival.

    • Medical masks or cloth face coverings are required indoors. A limited number of single-use masks are available on-site. 


  • Final Note: We will be following recommendations of health professionals to make The Mountain experience a safe and healthy one. The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, its employees and representatives assume no liability for personal conditions arising out of the actual or alleged transmission of a communicable disease.