As a retreat, conference, and mission outreach center for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, Hinton Rural Life Center is excited to welcome groups of Confirmands and their leaders to our campus for Theotokos Confirmation Retreats. Hinton is situated on 33 acres of wooded campus on Lake Chatuge. We have a variety of lodging options that include retreat houses and cabins, as well as hotel-type rooms in our Lodge. All bedrooms have adjacent bathrooms. Towels and linens are provided. Groups staying in retreat houses and cabins have the option to do their own meals, have meals in our Lodge Dining Room, or do a combination. We are also offering The Lodge Package, that includes 2 nights in a Lodge room and 5 meals in the Lodge Dining Room for $106/person. Lodging and meals are reserved and billed separately from the retreat program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 828-389-8336 to discuss your lodging needs and make your reservations. A deposit is required to reserve lodging; balance is due upon your arrival. Go to https://hintontheotokos.org/lodging-and-meals for more information on Lodging and Meals.
Casual and comfortable clothing, shoes, and undergarments for the weekend; toiletries; any needed medication; sweater and/or jacket; BIBLE! March in the mountains can vary in temperatures. Be prepared for cool and warm temps, as well as rain.
Hinton is happy to work with participants to make sure we meet everyone’s dietary needs. Participants should indicate food allergies and other dietary concerns on their PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FORM. Our chef and kitchen staff need this information in advance – through the Participant Forms being completed and submitted in a timely manner – so they can prepare for these requests.
Hinton contracts with the participating church and Confirmation group leader, with regard to deposits and balances for registration. So, if one participant can’t attend, he/she should address refunds with the group leader, rather than Hinton. For group payments, deposits are nonrefundable after November 1, 2021. (Overpaid deposits can be applied to balance.) A registration balance of $60/participant is due by March 1, 2022, and is nonrefundable after that date.
Groups should anticipate and plan for a Friday night start time of 8:30pm. We strongly advise planning an early enough departure time so that you have time for your group to arrive, settle in your rooms, and gather in our Moore Great Hall for our opening session. If your travel time is more than a couple hours, consider having students request early dismissal from school so you can leave early enough that you don’t have to rush and possibly arrive late and impact the beginning of the retreat. A template for an Early Dismissal Request will be provided. Since many students are dismissed early for sports and other extracurricular activities, offering a letter of explanation and request in a timely manner will allow teachers to work with Confirmands to cover assignments and work. The retreat programming ends at noon on Sunday. Lunch is available in the Dining Room for those who purchased The Lodge Package or made meal arrangements with Beth in Hinton’s office.
Given that we are capping our retreat numbers at 80 participants per weekend, we are not encouraging groups to include mentors for each Confirmand. This limits the number of other Confirmands who want to participate. Theotokos requests that groups meet the 1:5 ration of adults to youth.