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SEPTEMBER 20TH - 22ND 2019

MARS HILL, NC

Discover yourself and the world around you in a new light free of dogma.

It has always been the mission of Recovering from Religion to help those struggling with doubt, seeking answers, and moving away from religion and a religious lifestyle. In the 10 years we’ve been helping people, what has become abundantly clear is that getting through this transition and asking these questions isn’t enough. There has to be some light at the end of the tunnel. There has to be joy, community, and fulfillment for people on the other side of doubt and uncertainty.

The Recovering from Religion Fall Excursion is for people looking to find their way into that happiness.

Our Excursion is set amidst the tranquil mountains of North Carolina in a private venue where attendees can find guidance, friendship, and experience personal growth in a warm and accepting environment. We have planned events and workshops so that you can have fun, learn, relax, and do as little or as much as you like. We will have several trained volunteers as well as mental health specialists on site to make sure that everyone’s experience is just right for them.


The Venue

We have booked all of Memory Mountain at Wolf Laurel for the utmost in privacy and enjoyment of the grounds. Outdoor activities and events may take place in the hand-built pavilion. Adjacent to the pavilion are landscaped gardens and a covered bridge over a rocky mountain stream. The main event location is a barn built out of local timbers and reclaimed wood with a large porch overlooking a pond. All of this is set against the backdrop of the forest and the clear open mountain sky.

The location also has over a mile of hiking, waterfalls, several creeks, and a lake with a dock for swimming and fishing. Fire circles are shared by the main accommodation lodges and are available for general use and as part of planned activities.


The Program

  • Friday, September 20th

    • 4:00PM - Arrivals and Greetings: Guests check-in to their lodges and are greeted by their cabin hosts. Cabin hosts will help to acclimate everyone to the grounds, their lodge, and their individual rooms and sleeping arrangements.

    • 6:00PM - 8:00PM - Tasting Reception: All guests are encouraged to enjoy an offering of seasonal and local fruits, snacks, wine, beer, cider (alcoholic and non), soft drinks, tea, coffee, and hot cocoa in the Barn. Guests will have an opportunity to meet each other and hear a few words from us about the rest of the weekend.

    • 8:30PM - Informal light dinner at the lodges.

Saturday, September 21st

  • 7:00AM - 7:50AM - Morning Yoga and Mindfulness Session with Jenne Sluder: Jenne Sluder, MA C-IAYT is a qualified mental health professional and a certified yoga therapist. She holds a Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University and specializes in mind-body approaches to improving mental health. She will provide a gentle and awakening beginning to the day with yoga and mindfulness. All ability and fitness levels are welcome and will be able to participate.

  • 8:00AM - Breakfast in the Barn

  • TIME TBD - Nature Hike with Darrel Ray: Join Darrel on a fun and engaging hike through the venue grounds and into the forest. Learn about native plants and animals and reconnect with nature through a secular perspective. Hike is about 1.5 miles long and taken at a relaxed pace.

  • TIME TBD - Dogma-free Sexuality Discussion and Workshop Darrel Ray and one of our Secular Therapists will present modern facts about human sexuality and how many religions may interfere with a healthy mentality about sex. There will be plenty of time for follow-up discussion as well as some games and activities to help facilitate comfort and open discussion.

  • TIME TBD - Lunch Served Back at the Lodges

  • TIME TBD - Group Peer Support Sessions - Our trained volunteers and mental health professionals will facilitate small group peer support sessions to discuss religion, beliefs, doubts, and the complications, pitfalls, and joys of navigating life as a seeker, doubter, or nonbeliever.

  • TIME TBD - BYOB Barbecue Dinner and Party - Meet back at the Barn for dinner, music, dancing, and fun! Water, tea, and lemonade will be provided with a side-splitting barbecue spread. Please feel free to bring any additional refreshments for your own enjoyment or to share with other adults. Ice and a make-your-own cocktail bar will be available. After dinner, stick around for music, dancing, and chatting into the night.


The Lodges

Each Lodge on Memory Mountain is outfitted with modern amenities to include all linens, kitchens stocked with appliances, dishes, and cookware, plenty of seating, and cozy fireplaces. In addition to these comforts, each lodge will also have a designated cabin host to make sure that guests are comfortable and that all needs are met. Cabin hosts will also have some snacks and supplies as well as plenty of information about the event and venue should guests have any questions.

Below, you will find information and several pictures of each lodge. Accommodations of each room or sleeping area will vary. These variances are reflected in the pricing and individual descriptions of each room or sleeping area. Lodge reservations may only be made for the entire weekend (two nights). Check-in for lodges is at 4PM and check-out is at 10AM. Guests who stay onsite are able to purchase their event registration at a reduced rate. Please feel free to email us or message us on facebook with any questions.