Annual Restorative Retreat – Healer, Heal Thyself

Join the Council of Elders (COE) at the AHVMA’s annual “Healer, Heal Thyself Retreat.”

April 23-26, 2018
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
Highlands, NC

The theme of this year’s retreat is “Stones for Personal Enhancement and Spiritual Rejuvenation.”

The COE has decided to hold the 2018 retreat mid-year in the mineral-dense mountains of North Carolina. We will not hold a retreat in Florida post-conference.

Our aim is to be rejuvenated with the help of nature and fellow colleagues. We will have time to connect with nature, go ‘rock-hounding’, sit around a camp-fire, learn about the uses of stone for personal use and for spiritual rejuvenation, or do nothing and ‘just be’.  We will also have a sweat lodge for those who wish to participate.

These retreats are for you; friends and family are welcome. Registration is required for each individual.


Take the time for this spiritual connection with nature and de-stress. Connect with the earth and its surroundings and release all worldly anxieties while you are learning how to incorporate the use of Stone Medicine into your personal life.

We will check in on April 23 (before dinner) and depart on April 26 (after lunch).

The positive effects of the retreat at The Mountain will be life-long; form new connections with like-minded colleagues while you are exposed to a new method of dealing with stress, Stone Medicine.


The Mountain, founded by Unitarian Universalists in 1979, is a non-profit, year-round ecologically conscious retreat and learning center serving churches, businesses, non-profits, schools, and other groups.

The unique and interesting city of Asheville is very close by.

Located on 4,200 foot high granite cliffs on the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Mountain offers a very unique opportunity – come refresh your spirit in the natural beauty of a mountaintop.



Registration includes: three night’s lodging, meals beginning with dinner the night of arrival and ending with lunch the day of departure, one bonfire, a stone kit, and a sweat lodge (if you wish).