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.

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Retreat and worship facility/campus offerings are below.

For information and reservations: 828-389-8336 or

Upcoming Retreat Offerings

Life in the Garden Retreat

Monday-Wednesday, October 3-5, 2022
Led by Terry Hershey


Lodging is in Hinton’s two large retreat houses, which feature private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, plus indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.

  • $315/person – includes single occupancy lodging, 5 meals, programming
  • $255/person – includes double occupancy lodging, 5 meals, programming
  • $165/person – includes 5 meals and programming — for those who want to commute or who want to arrange other on-campus lodging, such as Hermitage cabins or smaller retreat houses. Contact to make these other lodging arrangements.

Register online HERE  Download pdf registration form HERE. REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 19, 2022.

Life in the Garden: Making Space for Gratitude, Renewal, Wonder, Balance, and Delight — This retreat is for those who experience, or long to experience, the Power of Pause. Highlights include indoor and outdoor workshops, exploring “sanctuary” trails and gardens, and personal time for walks, prayer, rocking chairs, and reflection. Retreat leader is writer, speaker, humorist, and gardener Terry Hershey, author of The Power of Pause, Sanctuary, This Is the Life, and The Gift of Enough. Terry also writes “Sabbath Moment,” a daily reflection posted on

The retreat begins on Monday, October 3, with dinner at 6pm in Hinton’s Lodge Dining Room and concludes at noon on Wednesday, October 5. Participants interested in extending their stay to include the weekend or the rest of the week should contact Kelli Miller,, to check availability and rates.

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The Wesleyan Way: An Adult Confirmation Experience

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

Cost: $155 — Lodge 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. For retreat house options with registration, contact Kelli Miller at 828-389-8336 or .

Register online for Lodge Overnight and Commuter options  HERE.  Download pdf registration form HERE. REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 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.

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Theotokos Confirmation Retreats — 2023 Registration  Opens August 1, 9am!

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
    • 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.

Online registration, with required PayPal (or credit card) deposit payment, is now open. Click  HERE.

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