Program Policies & Information

  • We believe it is in the small group environment that learning and spirituality flourish. Because class sizes are limited, they fill up quickly. Early registration is encouraged!

  • Prices for multi-day programs include room, board, tuition, and materials. With the exception of the Centering Prayer Retreat, double occupancy is assumed. If you have a medical reason to request a single room, we will do our best to accommodate you; due to the limited number of single rooms, we cannot guarantee until check-in when final availability of single rooms can be determined.

  • We are a pet and smoke-free facility. Smoking is permitted in designated outside areas only. You may be subject to a $100 fine if found smoking inside our historic buildings.

  • Deposits are non-refundable. We appreciate that unforeseen circumstances may arise that prevent your attendance; in that case, we will consider your deposit a tax-deductible donation to our ongoing ministry.

  • We serve hearty, nutritious, delicious meals. Our kitchen will do their utmost to meet dietary requirements. If you have diet requests, please let us know at least 14 days in advance so that we can prepare accordingly. If you have questions regarding our food service, our food service manager James Andra would be happy to assist. You can reach him directly at (828) 963-5968 or at

  • Unless otherwise noted, multi-day conferences begin with registration and check-in at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Conferences close after the Noon lunch on closing day. To assist our housekeeping staff, we request that you complete your check-out prior to lunch on closing day.

  • One-day conferences typically start at 10:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Lunch is served at Noon.

  • Registration forms for programs can be found on our web site, www.vcconferences.orgYou can also register by calling the office at (828) 963-4453 or by emailing

  • Registration confirmations are sent by email, approximately 1 week before each event.

  • We are located 9 miles outside of Boone, NC (2 hours from Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte). GPS address is 146 Skiles Way, Banner Elk, NC 28604. If you would like assistance in booking ground travel from regional airports, please call the office at (828) 963-4453.

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