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Switchbacks and Summits

This Event is Currently Canceled 

Hiking & Nature in North Carolina

May 17 -22, 2020

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, wildflowers line rugged trails, and switchbacks guide determined hikers to awe-inspiring summits to look out upon sparkling mountain lakes and green pastures. With a band of like-minded hikers and an expert naturalist, learn about wildflowers, trees, plants and rock formations. Discover the charming hidden-gem town of Highlands, and top off an incredible week of hiking with a farm-to-table feast and Appalachian music.  



Brent Martin

Brent Martin is the owner/operator of Cowee, N.C.-based Alarka Institute and Expeditions, which offers a wide variety of nature-based workshops and outings. He has worked in conservation for 25 years, most recently serving for over a decade as the southern Appalachian regional director for The Wilderness Society. He lectures widely on the 18th-century American naturalist William Bartram and the cultural and natural history of western North Carolina's Little Tennessee River Valley.

For full retreat information and to register visit their website bellow:


  • Program: May 17-22, 2020

  • Registration opens: Now

  • This event will sell out well in advance, please register and pay in full to secure your place


  • 5 nights of accommodations

  • 13 meals (5B, 3L, 5D)

  • 1 expert-led lecture

  • 6 expert-led field trips

  • 4 hands-on experiences

  • 2 performances

  • An experienced Group Leader

  • Customary gratuities throughout the program

  • Road Scholar Assurance Plan

  • Taxes included

        $1,049 for Double Occupancy 

        $1,149 for Single Occupancy 

"Beautiful region! Moderate to challenging hikes. Friendly environment and excellent food at The Mountain."

-Amy Class of 2016 Wimauma, Fl

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