“Free To Be” 2017 UMMAS Retreat
Tuesday evening through Friday noon
Fellowship, learning, laughter, food, music, nature, rocking chairs, cool breezes…. an uplifting, educational, musical, memorable, laid-back, fun gathering of Unity friends from the southeast and beyond. Blue Ridge mountain Kanuga Conference Center recently renovated 62-room Inn and historic cabins in the woods.
Plan to join us in beautiful Hendersonville, North Carolina, for a wonderful time to explore spiritual teachings, relax and center yourself amidst the mountain splendor, and enjoy playtime with fellow seekers! video: annual Retreat Chorus
The daily schedule is packed with interaction and activity. Of course, you can chose just how much you want to plug in to. There’s plenty of open, quiet space for you to chill and commune with nature connect with old and new friends, take a nap, or drive into town to enjoy the quaint hospitality of Hendersonville and Flat Rock.
Start the day with a Morning Meditation guided by an UMMAS minister in the beautiful Chapel … Or wake up your body with gentle, healing Tai Chi on the pavilion overlooking the lake… mist rising… birds singing as the sun peeks over the pine trees reflected in the tranquil waters… ah…
Enjoy a wide variety of workshops offered by ministers from the Unity Ministers of the Mid-Atlantic States (UMMAS), as well as inspiring sessions with our keynote speaker and featured musician, Christy Snow.
Inspiring, original music will fill the air and your hearts… including…our very own Unity musicians and our fabulous “Spirit Sharing” Talent Show, and our second annual Retreat Choir
Stretch your body…. take a hike, walk the labyrinth, play tennis, or visit the waterfront.
Paint on our community canvas, to record your impressions of the retreat.
Children are welcome, but we do not currently provide a children’s program.
Still your mind with Vespers in the quiet beauty of the Chapel… then drift off to dreamland in cool mountain air… or visit and laugh with your new friends.
Massages & Bodywork by local professionals will be available for a separate love offering that you give to the body-worker. Please indicate on your registration form that you plan to treat yourself to bodywork, so we can plan times and availability.
Group cabins can house a delegation from your Unity Center. Consider this as a way to bond with your local community!
Enjoy delicious food at the breakfast buffet and family-style lunches & dinners.
Accommodations include the new updated and fabulously air-conditioned 62-room Inn (2 double beds, private bathroom), and 46 two- to six-bedroom cottages. The cottages have no a/c, but ceiling fans or box fans provided – temperature isn’t usually a problem at this season. Some cottages have shared bathrooms and a small living room with small refrigerator. There are plentiful rocking chairs overlooking the lake.
Although you may not want to leave the inspiring and soothing Kanuga grounds, you might want to venture out. Very nearby are the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock Playhouse and historic downtown Hendersonville, arts & crafts, and antiques. A little further are the Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown Asheville, Pisgah National Forest and lovely golf courses.