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Lake Junaluska Launches New Personal Spiritual Retreats


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Lake Junaluska is introducing personal spiritual retreat opportunities. Self-directed or guided options are available.

Self-directed retreats offer participants the chance to relax through meditation in the gardens, walking the 3.8-mile walking trail, engaging in personal devotions and journaling. Suggested dates are online for July-November, 2018, but interested parties can also call to inquire about alternative dates.

Guided retreats include an individual spiritual direction session, evening prayer service and group centering session. The group centering session and evening prayer service take place on the first night of the event and will help individuals move from the worries of the world to the slower, deeper and more natural flow of Spirit. Attendees can schedule the individual spiritual direction session at any time during the two-day retreat to receive guidance in finding a focus for their retreat discuss or discuss new revelations.

Ned Martin, a spiritual director and licensed professional counselor, will lead the group centering sessions. The Rev. Susan Syle Giles, dean of Memorial Chapel, will lead evening prayer services and be available for individual spiritual direction sessions.  

“Everyone comes to a retreat with their own set of questions and the need to hear God’s voice,” said the Rev. Mitzi Johnson, director of programming at Lake Junaluska. “Our hope is that we provide resources and sacred spaces so that they’ll gain greater clarity and direction to go back into the world feeling encouraged and enriched.”

Lake Junaluska will provide a retreat booklet to help individuals along their journey.

“The booklet should serve as a guide for the retreat,” said Johnson. “It includes a suggested retreat agenda, ideas for taking advantage of all that Lake Junaluska offers, and orders for morning and evening prayer, as well as devotions related to sacred places around the lake.”

Guided retreats are offered a minimum of two nights. The dates for 2018 are August 27-29, September 3-6, October 1-3 and November 5-7. The guided retreats also include ample time for individual reflection. Guided retreats begin at $279 per person and include all the program events listed above, as well as two nights lodging, a retreat booklet and a boxed continental breakfast on Monday and Tuesday. Participants can add on additional nights for $97 per night.

Self-directed retreats begin at $97 per person, per night and include lodging, a boxed continental breakfast and the retreat booklet.

Learn more about personal spiritual retreats at or call 800-222-4930 to book.  

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit


Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745