Retreats and Worship

Draw Close to Others, Draw Close to God

Our souls yearn for rest and renewal and to be reminded of God’s presence in the world and with us. Hinton Rural Life Center offers space and place for individuals and groups to draw close to God and one another. Beautiful lake and mountain views, walks through the woods, and the sounds of nature inspire and soothe.

To view our lodging options, click HERE

For information and reservations: 828-389-8336 or

Theotokos Confirmation Retreats — FULL

Led by a design team of United Methodist clergy and laity from the Carolinas, and in collaboration with Pfeiffer University staff, Theotokos Confirmation Retreats will be hosted at Hinton Rural Life Center March 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27.

Visit for information about this ministry. The retreats are open to all United Methodist Confirmation groups.




Senior Adult VBS2, with Ed Kilbourne

May 9-11 (Mon-Wed), 2022

9:30am – Lunch, with program 10am-12pm

Back by popular demand following Senior Adult VBS in April 2019, Ed Kilbourne returns to Hinton Rural Life Center with his VBS-2. Ed brings his nationally recognized gifts of music, storytelling, and humor, combined with the wisdom and knowledge of his years as a folk-theologian, and puts them in a 3-day Vacation Bible School program for the saints and sages of the church.

The morning starts at 9:30am with check-in, gathering, and coffee/tea  in Hinton’s Young Commons Building. The program of stories, reflections, and music is 10am-noon, followed by lunch in the Lodge dining room. CDs will be available for purchase at the event. Registration fee covers three delicious lunches prepared by Hinton’s executive chef. We are grateful for the donations from individuals and area churches that help make this event affordable for all seniors wanting to attend.



  • Click HERE for a registration form to download, complete, and return with payment to Hinton Rural Life Center. Don’t delay — spots are limited!
  • To register online, click HERE to submit your registration ; payment will be required to complete your registration.

The Wesleyan Way: An Adult Confirmation Experience — Rescheduled for Fall 2022 (tba)

Led by Rev. Dr. Chris B. Hughes
Friday-Sunday, February 18-20, 2022Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, NC

Cost: $155 — Overnight rate — Includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals in our Lodge, retreat leadership, and supplies; $99 — Commuter rate — Includes 5 meals, retreat leadership, and supplies

REGISTER BY SEPT  1, 2022. Links to come for registration form and online registration

The Wesleyan Way: An Adult Confirmation Experience is for “hybrid” Methodists (Baptodists, Roman Methodists, Methcopalians, etc.!), folks who are new to The United Methodist Church, and those who want a refresher course on Methodist Christianity.

Every time we would finish one of our annual “FCF Confirm” Confirmation retreats for young people, many of the adult mentors, leaders, and church staffers would tell us, “You ought to do something like this for adults!” The Wesleyan Way is that very “something like this” – an adult confirmation experience, complete with music, worship, sharing our faith histories around tables, and a culminating event celebrating and confirming each one’s place in the “ministry of all Christians” and the “priesthood of all believers” (1 Peter 2:10). – Rev. Dr. Chris B. Hughes

Adult participants will go a little deeper in exploring the unique vision for living faithfully that John Wesley and the Methodist movement offer. Chris will be joined by Rev. Gloria Hughes and Rev. Kyle Sigmon, who bring their creativity and gifts for music and worship leadership to this engaging, meaningful, and enlightening event.

For a 2/2022 promotional flyer, click HERE


Opportunities for church groups, women’s groups, men’s groups, youth groups or other organizations include:

  • Retreat house lodging or accommodations in our Lodge
  • Fresh meals prepared by our executive chef, or options to do your own meals
  • Meeting spaces and worship spaces (see below)
  • AV resources and wifi
  • Recreation supplies
  • Service projects and/or poverty awareness programs
  • Workshops, trail hikes, Bible study — For ideas and topics, click  HERE

Hinton Center can also provide devotional and worship leadership for your group. Contact us at least three months in advance to discuss your retreat needs and goals.


Hinton Center offers a variety of worship and devotional spaces for groups. Please reserve them in advance to ensure they’re available when you need them. They include:

  • Dysart Chapel, next to the Lodge
  • Outdoor Chapel
  • Lakeside Worship Pavilion
  • Labyrinth