Waking Up from Winter
Issue: 2021/03 – March
The Mountain knows how to make spring cleaning feel like a Retreat.
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, a local non-profit camp, conference center and farm, has a long tradition of community wide campus care and clean-up during their “Work Weekend”, which takes place each Easter; this year on the weekend of April 2 – 4. The tasks undertaken during the annual ritual – ranging from painting, trail maintenance, pressure washing, gardening, construction projects and repairs, brush clearing and Dillard Road litter trail maintenance and more – is a form of release, even play, an occasion for participants to reconnect with nature and each other. More than just a cleaning event, the weekend includes plenty of time for recreation, spacious socializing, hiking, scrumptious meals, evening campfires and Sunday worship service. Executive Director Beverly Cree observes that “everyone who attends benefits from a heightened sense of purpose through their contributions to our collective efforts.” And as Rachel Kinback, Guest Services Manager at The Mountain elaborated, “Work Weekend is a time of heightened energy. Just as the landscape begins to wake up we mimic that spirit of renewal by dedicating a few days to really tending to our shared spaces and making the Mountain the best it can for all of the visitors who will come in the season ahead. It’s a great time for folks who may be new to The Mountain to come and experience what its like to engage in our community.”
Operating at limited capacity, the Mountain has enacted measures including spacing out guests in meeting spaces and room accommodation in order to ensure physical distancing. That means that those spaces need look and function at their best and that takes people power.
The family friendly, affordable weekend historically attracts visitors of all ages, including locals and travelers from throughout the Southeast. In exchange for helping hands, overnight accommodations have been steeply discounted, and delicious meals are included. For more information call The Mountain directly at 828-526-5838 or visit themountainrlc.org.