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SUUFI – Southern UU Fall Institute 2023
WayFinding in New Times

12th Annual Southern UU Fall Institute

October 8 - 13, 2023

• “Where are we? Where are we going? How do I proceed?”
• "What do I do with my life now, having done the expected?
• “What do I want for the world and for myself in it now?"

Learn the art of finding your way! Join us at The Mountain!

Here, your lifetime of experiences will be honored and tapped into for rich interactive dialogue.

The Mountain is always a safe place for learning and personal growth.

Registration will open SOON!

Register early for 2023 Capacity capped at 55.

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What past guests want you to know:  

“If you need to recharge your life, bring your spirit and learn techniques to carry you forward in life—attend SUUFI!  And it all happens at The Mountain.”

What is SUUFI

6 days/5 nights of fellowship, learning, exploring slightly outside your comfort zone, enjoying keynote presenters and selected workshops…in a fabulous location with inspiring vistas, great food, entertainment, relaxation, and new insights…giving you renewed energy to pursue your best intentions in the coming year…until you return “home” to The Mountain and participate again in blending the metaphysical with the concrete…!!!!!

David Novak: A Master Storyteller for Disney Institute, David was awarded the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.   David uses storytelling to enhance learning, engage emotions, and help people from diverse backgrounds find common ground. Here is a link to David in a 2-minute performance mode:

Dr. Rita Brodnax: Facilitator of Participant Sharing: Rita is a neuroscience expert, education leader and OLLI presenter. Rita brought sellout successes to our 2018 and 2019 Southern UU Fall Institutes and several 2020 virtual programs. Dr. Brodnax is passionate about creating brain-compatible programs that find new ways for us "to use our brains better"  to produce personal  solutions to real-world challenges. 

To complement our “Way~Finding” theme, we invite “specialists” with skills in Orienteering, Geology, Geo-Cacheing, Old Growth Forests, Compass Point Activities, Life Purpose Discernment, Hiking, etc.

Also Book Discussion Leaders around
“The Lost Art of Finding Our Way” by John Huth or “Tracking Wonder: Reclaiming a Life of Meaning and Possibility in a World Obsessed with Productivity” by Jeffrey Davis.


Creating this fun will be David Novak, Dr. Rita Brodnax — and you!!!

A variety of workshops, stimulating discussions, off-site trips, and guided hikes.
Morning worship, evening entertainment, great food, & excellent conversations.
SUUFIMART for those who crafted some treasures and want to sell them to us.
Of course: yoga, naps, relaxing, reading, and rocking—all part of the R&R.

Our key contributors include:


Arrive Date and Time:

Sunday, October 8, 2023
1. Arrivals: 3 pm until dinner time. Room Check In at ~ 4 pm.
2. Late arrivals must call the Office for special arrangements.
3. Dinner on Sunday is first meal, ~ 6:30pm.

Vacate your cabin 9am Friday, October 13, 2023

  • Early Bird discount registration deadline: July 1, 2023 (applies to 5 night package only, and balance must be paid in full by 7/1/23)

  • Program: October 8 - 13, 2023

  • Registration opens: Soon

  • Registration deadline: September 28th, 2023 (wait lists will develop and accommodation choices will become limited)


Early Bird Discount:

Secure $25 Early Bird Discount on 5-night packages only,

if registered on or before July 1, 2023.

Capacity capped at 55.

Registration Fee includes

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • Use of assigned facilities

  • All program activities and most workshops.

  • (Premium workshop may require a small materials fee.)

Registration is restricted to adults (18+)

Double Occupancy Stays:


Early Bird 5-night package only by 7/1/23 -- $710/p.

6 day/5-night packages -- $735/p. 

5 day/4-night packages -- $625/p. 

4 day/3-night packages -- $490/p. 

3 day/2-night packages -- $370/p.

2 day/1-night packages -- $220/p. 

Single Occupancy Stays:


Early Bird 5-night package only by 7/1/23 -- $770/p.

6 day/5-night packages -- $735/p. 

5 day/4-night packages -- $625/p. 

4 day/3-night packages -- $490/p. 

3 day/2-night packages -- $370/p. 

2 day/1-night packages -- $220/p.

Commuter Rates:


  • All Day (7am-10pm) = $150/p/day

  • Dinner+Evening = $55/p/n.

  • Evening Program = $30/p/n.

* Down Payment: $250 min. deposit needed to register for all packages. Remainder due by 9/1/23.

Want to offer a workshop or program element…?

Needed: Workshop Leaders…!
Who will lead ~20 workshops on M-Th.? Your talents are needed! See the attached of 2021 workshops and spark your desire to contribute to the “magic” of this event. 


We depend on talented folks (like you!) to offer them.  This keeps costs down and grows personal connections.


To share your passions/talents/stories, contact Phil Sterner (336-406-3926 or to work out the details.
Come out and play together. Register now…!!! Spread the word!  

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In our registration system, select Other Retreats, then select your SUUFI Package

Coming Soon...


Download the

SUUFI Poster


Program Poster with Keynote Speaker


SUUFI Snap Shot


Draft Schedule of Events


Draft of Workshop Schedule

See you on

The Mountain

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