The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Individual
A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning
An exemplary retreat, camp and learning center that celebrates Unitarian Universalist principles, inspires people of all ages, transforms lives, and builds a more compassionate world.
The Right of Conscience and the Use of Democratic Process
Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part
The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All
Justice, Equity, and Compassion in Human Relations
Acceptance of One Another and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth
The Mountain enriches lives,
fosters an appreciation of the natural world, honors the interconnectedness of all things, and inspires people
to build inclusive, meaningful, sustainable communities throughout their lives.
The Story of The Mountain
The Mountain was founded by a group of friends and Unitarian Universalists from across the south-east in 1979. They searched for somewhere they could deepen their engagement with their congregational communities, and retreat with their families. When they found Little Scaly Mountain they knew they had found the place, and what it could become to so many.
Over the past 40 years the Mountain has held true to its original vision and inspiration, serving as a nonprofit camp and conference center.
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The Mountain is an ecologically-conscious retreat and learning center serving congregations, businesses, schools, and other Unitarian Universalist and community groups. Located on 4,200 foot high granite cliffs on the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer a unique opportunity in gratitude to the unique ecology and history of the oldest mountains in the world. Come refresh your spirit in the natural beauty of these ancient mountaintops.
We have a full range of dining, lodging, and meeting space facilities supporting our own program events, as well as events sponsored by third party vendors seeking the right place for their conferences, workshops, family gatherings, wellness events, hiking treks or inspired experiences. We strive to be a smoke-free facility.
The Mountain’s largest program is its summer MountainCamp. From mid-June to late-July, our mountaintop is filled with children and youth from 1st to 12th grades. Our camp program is designed to instill in children an appreciation of nature’s wonder, to challenge them, to expand their sense of self, while making sure they have as much fun as possible. Many of our summer campers come back year after year and span generations. Intergenerational Camp exemplifies the belief that engagement with people of all ages strengthens the whole community. MountainCamps are designed to build leaders of tomorrow. Our Counselor in Training program as well as the ASCENDER and Outdoor Skills and Adventures programs consistently give young adults the skills and confidence to excel in college, as well as their work and home environments.
Whether you are attending one of our Mountain programs or a retreat program hosted by a congregation or other organization, our doors are open to all. This open door policy is a based on the Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith tradition and principles of the founders and those who have dedicated their time, talent, and treasure to ensure that all have equal access to The Mountain. Regardless of religious background, gender, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, or gender expression, we want to share the magic of our mountaintop sanctuary with all who desire the experience.