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Authentic Parenting Retreat at Montreat Conference Center

Authentic Parenting Retreat

Because every family is a work in progress and God is in the mess

February 9 - 11, 2018

This retreat is for parents with kids of all ages (it’s never too early). However, the workshops will primarily focus on families who have elementary, middle, and high school aged kids. It is also a retreat for church professionals looking to gain insight into parenting topics, parents, and parenting resources.

We hope this is the start of some honest, deep, and renewing conversations. Our leadership will be the first to tell you that there is no such thing as the perfect parent. We all have things to learn from each other. While we feel our leadership has particular gifts to share, we hope you will also be renewed through your time in Montreat away from your kids, talking with other parents around meals, and spending time in worship.

We also hope to send you away with resources and practices that matter to you and your families. While it’s great to get away for a weekend, we know the real work of parenting comes in the day in and day out routines we build into our family life.

Registration Information

Register early! Prices increase by $25/individual and $50/couple on January 5!

To register for the conference and reserve housing and/or meals, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

This is intentionally a child-free weekend so parents can truly retreat, spend time together, and reflect on their parenting. We are encouraging parents and churches to plan ahead in order to get child care covered. Perhaps local friends or family members can help, or out-of-town family members can plan a visit around this weekend. Some churches are inviting older members to care for children and youth for the weekend while parents attend the retreat. There will be no child care or children’s programming provided in Montreat. We have worked hard to keep the retreat affordable, knowing there may be other retreat-associated costs for parents.

For additional information about this conference, please visit authenticparents.org.

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Rates & Registration

Accommodations are available in Assembly Inn for Friday and Saturday night. One-bedroom guest rooms have either one king bed, one queen bed, or two twin beds with a private bath. Meals are served in Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room, beginning with Saturday breakfast and ending with Sunday breakfast. Commuters staying in private housing have the option to register with or without meals. All rates below include a community services fee of $1 per night per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

When registering online, please let us know your home congregation by entering your church and city, and also let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions that we need to pass on to the kitchen.

Please note: Prices increase by $25/individual and $50/couple on January 5!

Registration is now closed.

Reserve Option 1: Register a couple sharing a room

$299 before Jan 5 OR $349 on or after Jan 5 – Double occupancy rate includes a shared room in Assembly Inn, meals, keynotes, workshops, social hour, and some goodies for two people, whether spouses or roommates. Please use the comments section to indicate spouse/roommate’s name and address (if different).

Reserve Option 2: Register one person in a private room

$230 before Jan 5 OR $255 on or after Jan 5 – Single occupancy rate includes a private room in Assembly Inn, meals, keynotes, workshops, social hour, and some goodies for one person. If you wish to have a roommate assigned, please select this option and use the comments section to request a male or female roommate. If the registrar is able to assign a roommate, your charges will be adjusted to $149.50 before Jan 5/$174.50 on or after Jan 5.

Reserve Option 3: Register as a commuter WITH MEALS

$89 per person before Jan 5 OR $114 on or after Jan 5 – Commuter WITH MEALS rate includes keynotes, workshops, social hour, some goodies, and meals in Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room beginning with Saturday breakfast and ending with Sunday breakfast. If you choose this option, you must arrange your own housing.

Reserve Option 4: Register as a commuter WITHOUT MEALS

$49 per person before Jan 5 OR $74 on after Jan 5 – Commuter WITHOUT MEALS rate includes keynotes, workshops, social hour, and some goodies. If you choose this option, you must arrange your own housing and meals.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by December 29, 2017 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after December 29, 2017 but on or before February 2, 2018 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after February 2, 2018. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Keynote Speaker

Montreat Conference CenterMichelle Thomas-Bush is the Associate Pastor for Youth and their Families at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte NC. Michelle has been in youth ministry over 20 years, which has given her time to learn from a lot of mistakes, glean wisdom from other parents and their kids too.  God walks with us during this season we call parenting in incredible ways. The church community should be a gift in raising kids.  She and her husband David have two teenagers that they are doing their best to parent together with love and joy. Michelle is also the curator of Big Ideas in Youth Ministry, a website with great resources for parents. She is the author of a set of conversation-starting cards called Word Teasers: Faith Edition.

Visit authenticparents.org/workshops for more information about workshop leaders.


Visit authenticparents.org/workshops for workshop descriptions and leadership.

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Meals for Commuters

Please check out the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce as well as our Business Patrons web page for a list of restaurants in Black Mountain.