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Personal Retreats at Lake Junaluska


Experience a personal spiritual retreat at Lake Junaluska with the focus of growing your relationship with God.

Guided and self-directed retreats are available.

Guided Retreats

The pace of day to day living makes it difficult to attune ourselves to the rhythms of soul, the rhythms of the Sacred within and all around us. Participants in our two-night guided Christian retreats enjoy the following program, which blends group and one-on-one spiritual direction with ample time for reflection and renewal.

Cost is $279 per person.
Price includes 2 nights lodging, boxed continental breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, group centering session, evening prayer service, individual spiritual direction session, and a booklet to guide your retreat.  (Extend your stay through Thursday for an additional $97.)

To book, call 800-222-4930

Guided Retreat Dates: 

September 16-18, 2019  |  October 21-23, 2019

Guided retreats and personal spiritual retreats at Lake Junaluska
Personal Spiritual Retreats at Lake Junaluska

Self-directed Retreats

Self-directed personal spiritual retreats are opportunities for an individual, couple or small group to experience a private retreat to refocus on growing your relationship with God in the beauty and peaceful quiet of Lake Junaluska. Spend time walking our trails, meditating in our gardens, in private devotions, journaling, reflecting and more. We will also provide a booklet with optional agendas, resources, and ideas for structuring your retreat. Personal spiritual retreats are offered on a space-available basis.

Cost is $97 per night based on single occupancy, $121 based on double occupancy. Stay multiple nights!
Price includes lodging, boxed continental breakfast and a booklet to guide your retreat.

To book, call 800-222-4930

Self-directed Retreat Dates

Self-directed retreats are offered  Sundays–Thursdays  throughout  2019,  as  space  is  available. Call 800-222-4930 to book your retreat!

"We enjoyed our spiritual retreat very much and would love to do it again some time!"- Penny Cannon, guided retreat participant from South Carolina

Guided Retreats Include: 

Group Centering Session 

Monday night, 7-8:30 p.m. 

This guided experience is designed to provide you with a transitional space between the worries of the world and the slower, deeper, and more natural flow of Spirit. While there will be some space and time to share with others, the focus of the group is to help each individual move into their own retreat time with a sense of purpose and spiritual connection.

Evening Prayer Service

Monday night, 8:30-9 p.m., Denman International Prayer Room, Lambuth Inn

In this guided time of prayer, you will be led in a brief contemplative service that emphasizes spiritual peace and rest. You are invited to leave the service in silence and keep silent until breakfast the following morning.

Individual Spiritual Direction Session

Session time and meeting place arranged at the Group Centering Session

In this one-on-one conversation with an ordained pastor or spiritual director, you will explore more deeply the retreat intentions you set for yourself at the opening group session and/or have a time to explore revelations you have received in the midst of your retreat.

Personal Retreat Time

Spend time walking our trails, meditating in our gardens, in private devotion, journaling, reflecting and more. We will also provide a booklet with optional agendas, resources and ideas for structuring your retreat.

Guided Retreat Leadership:

Ned Martin MA, LPC, NCC

Ned will lead the Group Centering Session on Monday night.

Ned is a Spiritual Director and Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice at Lake Junaluska. He has extensive experience in individual and group spiritual direction as well as depth oriented psychotherapy and emotionally focused couples therapy. He sees spiritual direction primarily as a process of making space to listen for the promptings of the Holy within our ordinary lives. He lives near Lake Junaluska with his wife Jennifer and his three children, Ian, Erik and Cate. 

Rev. Susan Slye Giles

Susan will lead the Evening Prayer Service on Monday night and will be available for the Individual Spiritual Direction Sessions.

Susan serves as dean of Memorial Chapel at Lake Junaluska and is an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is a graduate of Hood Theological Seminary and a Lake Junaluska resident. She is married to Rev. Sandy Giles and they have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Rev. Mitzi Johnson

Mitzi will lead the Evening Prayer Service on Monday night and will be available for the Individual Spiritual Direction Sessions.

Mitzi is the Lake Junaluska director of programming and an ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. At Lake Junaluska, she oversees worship, youth ministry, several conferences and holiday celebrations.  She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Divinity School. She previously  served as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at University UMC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her ministerial passion is helping others identify their God-given gifts and vocation and helping them develop pathways for living into them.