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

Retreat and worship facility/campus offerings are below.

For information and reservations: 828-389-8336 or

Upcoming Retreat and Worship Offerings

The Longest Night Service

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 5:30-6:30pm

For some people, it is hard to be joyful at Christmas. For those who are grieving a loss, dealing with trauma, or struggling with mental health challenges, traditional Christmas services and the holiday spirit of others may be difficult to participate in.

The Longest Night Service is for those who need a different type of holiday gathering . . . one that meets them where they are. One that offers comfort and hope. Observed on the day in which we experience the fewest daylight hours. this service will recognize the darkness we may be experiencing in our lives, the darkness of the world that Christ entered, and the loving presence of God with us, Immanuel, even in the saddest of times.

The Longest Night Service is hosted by Hinton Center and the local United Methodist congregations of Oak Forest, Hickory Stand, and First Hayesville UMCs.

The service will be held in the Chapel at Hinton Rural Life Center, 2330 Hinton Center Road, Hayesville, NC. All are welcome.

Theotokos Confirmation Retreats — 2023 Registration  Is Open!

Envisioned and created by a design team of United Methodist clergy and laity from the Carolinas, Theotokos Confirmation Retreats launched in March 2022 at Hinton Rural Life Center. Over 300 Confirmands and their adult leaders participated.

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    • February 17-19
    • February 24-26
    • March 3-5
    • March 17-19 FULL
    • March 24-26

The retreats are open to all United Methodist Confirmation groups. Follow Hinton Theotokos on Facebook and Instagram.

Click HERE for a pdf registration form.

Click HERE  for on-line registration.

Group Retreats at Hinton Rural Life Center

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
  • Appalachian culture programs (arrange in advance)
  • Service projects and/or poverty awareness activities, led by Hinton staff
  • Workshops, trail hikes, yoga, arts & crafts, Bible study — contact Kelli Miller to explore your options.

Hinton Center can also provide devotional and worship leadership for your group. (We have two clergy on staff.) Contact us at least three months in advance to discuss your retreat needs and goals.

Worship and Devotional Spaces and Places

Hinton offers a variety of worship and devotional spaces for individuals and groups. (Groups should reserve them in advance through Kelli Miller to ensure they’re available when needed.) They include:

  • Dysart Chapel, next to the Lodge
  • Vista Garden outdoor worship area
  • Lakeside Worship Pavilion
  • Labyrinth
  • Ervin Sanctuary Gardens, including The Swing Garden, Hope Terrace Garden, and Memory Garden