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 Offerings

The Wesleyan Way: An Adult Confirmation Experience — November 18-20, 2022

Led by Rev. Dr. Chris B. Hughes
Friday-Sunday, November 18-20, 2022 — Hinton 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

REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 20. Links to come for online registration and downloadable form. REGISTER BY OCTOBER 1, 2022.

The Wesleyan Way: An Adult Confirmation Experience is for “hybrid” Methodists (Baptodists, Roman Methodists, Methcopalians, etc.!), folks new to The United Methodist Church, and those who want a refresher 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 deeper in exploring the unique vision for living faithfully that John Wesley and the Methodist movement offer. Joining Chris will be Rev. Gloria Hughes and Rev. Kyle Sigmon, who bring their creativity and gifts for music and worship to this engaging, meaningful, and enlightening event.

For a February 2022 promotional flyer, click HERE

Theotokos Confirmation Retreats — 2023 Registration  Opens August 1!

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

Visit for more information and registration.


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

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

Group Retreats at Hinton

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
  • Sanctuary Gardens, including The Swing Garden, Hope Terrace Garden, and Memory Garden