Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
– Matthew 11:28
“In a time when religion itself has become so busy, verbal, and even contentious, the perennial Christian tradition of the hermitage is finding a strong new appeal and plenty of short term hermits! There seems to be no other way for many of us to clean the lens, stop the tongue, quiet the ears, and soften the heart for God and for the world. We live in such an ego–controlled culture that we need to go to a place where our egos mean very little and profit us not at all. Treat yourself to ‘the one thing necessary,’ and although it will feel risky at first, no other form of retreat will ever quite satisfy you again.”
Hermitages - places where people live in seclusion for a period of time to commune with God - have long been a part of many faith traditions. Solitude and silence can provide transformative space to heal and grow. The Hermitages were built in 2008 as a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina and the Valle Crucis Conference Center. They are used by anyone seeking renewal and retreat. Writers, artists, teachers, and people of many faith backgrounds have loved this place.
For the winter of 2020-2021, we are experimenting with keeping the Hermitages open throughout the cold season! Bear with us as we learn new ways of ministry and answer the call for more retreat availability.
A little jewel of a chapel sits between the cabins, with the sweet smell of hickory floor and a hand-hewn altar. Local art and custom woodwork grace the interiors. The Chapel of St. Anthony is fully accessible and is equipped with prayer and song materials. The Chapel is available to all Hermitage guests for quiet prayer, contemplation, or spiritual direction.
Each Hermitage includes a bedroom, bathroom, living space, kitchen, and rocking-chair porch.
- Queen-sized bed
- Linens and towels included
- Washer/dryer in three Hermitages
- Utensils, cookware, and staple ingredients are supplied
- Wheelchair-accessible Hermitage available
- Wireless Internet available
- 430 acres of woodland laced with trails
Because of the special nature of these retreats, we ask that a short reservation form be submitted once your dates are confirmed. Please call (828) 963-4453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that your dates are available.
See below to check the Hermitages calendar for available dates.
NEW! You now have the ability to complete a Hermitage reservation online. Please always ensure that your dates and preferred cabin are available before completing your reservation form to avoid disappointment.
- $50 per night single occupancy or $75 per night double occupancy
- Every seventh night is free
- 3 week (or 21 day) maximum
Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a completed registration form. If you are unable to make your retreat, we will consider your deposit a donation to our ongoing ministry. The remainder will be on arrival to your retreat by cash or check.
The Valle Crucis Conference Center reserves the right to decline applications for retreats or place applicants who have made a number of retreats with us in the past on a waiting list. Valle Crucis may also exercise discretion over use based on other priorities. Deposits are returned to applicants if they are placed on a waiting list or are declined.
If you have any questions about the Hermitages, please call Margaret Love at (828) 963-4453.
(Please note: this calendar is maintained for planning purposes only. Please call or email to confirm availability, as bookings are subject to change.)
The Hermitages will be kept open this year (2020) through December, weather depending. We may keep them available in the winter months of 2021 as well, if the cabins hold up to the snowy weather.
|1 - Evelyn Underhill|
|2 - Bishop Taylor|
|3 - Thomas Merton|
|4 - Julian of Norwich|