Discovering Renewal

Finding Renewal in the Everyday

April 5–8, 2021Adult
A Montreat Conference Center Event

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 28:11

Our culture values hard work over rest. Burnout is rampant. Our jobs, obligations, and churches often expect us to work relentlessly. Hard work is good, but is it our ultimate goal?

We often preach about the importance of Sabbath, but how often do we take our own advice? We need time to breathe, think, and engage our senses. We may need to discover the feeling of renewal. Discovering Renewal will focus on seeking respite in everyday experiences.


Activity Tracks

Sign up for one specific activity track. Each day will begin with a devotion led by Brian McLaren and a challenge to use your chosen activity to find peace and renewal and to reflect on how to bring this back to your daily life. Fill in your free time in whatever way you feel led. Come to be renewed and enjoy free time to think, pray, read, sleep, or just relax.

Fly Fishing (track is limited to 20)
Western North Carolina has some of the best fly fishing on the east coast. Participants will have opportunities to fish on sections of up to four rivers (Primarily: Davidson River, Mills River, Catawba River, and Curtis Creek) over the course of this experience. All rivers are within an hour and a half drive of Montreat, and shuttles will be provided. All levels of skill are welcome, but guides, gear, and instruction are not provided- You MUST bring your own gear (rod, reel, North Carolina fishing license, flies, etc.). Participants must know how to fly-fish. Coordinated by Tanner Pickett.

Come renew your mind and spirit through the practice of yoga. Enjoy two different hour-long sessions each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We will explore breathwork, movement, strengthening, and stretching as we seek to find rest for our bodies and souls. Learn what your body and mind need to feel at peace. Then, take these tools home with you to incorporate moments of Sabbath into your daily life and achieve more balance. Please bring a yoga mat. Led by Mary Carroll Dodd.

Intentional Hiking (track is limited to 20)
Walking as a spiritual practice is less about using your path for the sake of transportation and more about engaging the trail for ongoing transformation. Each day of this track we will spend time immersed among the elements of wild nature that make themselves known on forest trails. With the wisdom of select poets and naturalists to guide us, we will trek and converse, exploring how to engage as participants in a community of wildness. With our senses in tune with the elements, we will saunter and reflect, exploring what it means to pray with our feet. Led by Aram Mitchell.

Rates & Registration


This program is an all-inclusive and includes the conference fee, Assembly Inn housing, and meals. Check-in time will be after 3:00pm Monday. Check-out time will be no later than 11:00am Thursday. Meals include Tuesday dinner through Thursday breakfast.

A price increase of $25 will happen after February 19.

Occupancy Bathroom Cost
Single Private $502.50
Double Private $375/person | $750 total
Single Shared $457.50
Double Shared $352.50/person | $705 total

All registrations include a $3 community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town of Montreat and the fire district.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by February 19 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after March 22, but on or before March 29 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable), less $40. No refunds will be issued after March 29. All requests must be made in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.


3:00pm-5:00pm – Registration
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner

7:30-8:30 - Breakfast
8:30-9:00am – Morning Reflection
9:00am –Activity Tracks
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Activity Tracks
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner

7:30-8:30 - Breakfast
8:30-9:00am – Morning Reflection
9:00am –Activity Tracks
12:00-1:00pm  – Lunch
1:00pm – Activity Tracks
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner

7:30-8:30pm – Breakfast
11:00am – Checkout

Schedule is tentative and subject to change prior to conference


If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

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