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Spring Sabbath at Montreat Conference Center

Spring Sabbath in Montreat

April 17 - 21, 2017

Spring Sabbath at Montreat Conference CenterLooking for a place for your family to land during spring break?

Montreat Conference Center is offering a unique experience in the spring of 2017. Come by yourself, with your family, or as a group of friends to enjoy a springtime sabbath in Montreat. Stay the whole week or just a night or two. Choose from a myriad of activities designed to relax your body, mind, and spirit. All classes are free to those staying in Assembly Inn.

Optional activities throughout the week:

  • The St. John’s Bible: Spend time with Tim Ternes, director of The St. John’s Bible Project, as he shares some of what makes this particular Bible so beautiful. Unique sessions will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Join Tim for one class or all three.
  • Yoga: Stimulate your body and focus your mind with an afternoon yoga class. Classes will be appropriate for all levels, including beginners.
  • Hiking: Enjoy a guided hike or go out on your own! Join a group on an afternoon guided hike, or find what you need to plan your own excursion. Printed trail maps are available at the front desk of Assembly Inn or download a map online.
  • Arts/Crafts: Enjoy art classes each day at the Sally Jones Pottery Center. Grow your inner artist with talented teachers and create a lasting memory to take home.
  • Canoeing: Spend quality time together or reflective time alone by taking a canoe out on gentle Lake Susan.

The spring sabbath at Montreat is intended to be a time when families can spend time together with no fear of being over-scheduled or over-programmed. You get enough of that in your regular life. It’s a time to relax, slow down, perhaps even get bored. Families with children are welcome, though there’s no child care provided — we hope that you’ll spend that un-cluttered time together, breathing in a little of what might be scarce in the rest of your days.

Registration Information

For more information on rates and accommodations for this event, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

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Rates and Registration

Rates listed below are for rooms in Assembly Inn and meals in the Galax Dining Room. All optional activities are included with your room rate. Meals begin with supper on arrival date and end with breakfast on departure date. Check in after 3:00 pm on day of arrival. Check out before 11:00 am on day of departure.

When you make your reservation online, your TOTAL CHARGES will include room, meals, and all classes and activities.


  • Room with Private Bath: $80.00/night*
  • Room with Shared Bath: $65.00/night*
  • Breakfast: $8.00/adult; $4.00/child (age 5-11)
  • Lunch: $9.50/adult; $5.00/child (age 5-11)
  • Supper: $12.50/adult; $6.00/child (age 5-11)
  • No charge for children under 5

*Rate subject to $1 community services fee per adult. 

If you wish to reserve rooms with a shared bath, you must reserve one room with a shared bath and list the other person’s name as your “suitemate.” Your suitemate must also reserve a room with a shared bath, listing you as the suitemate. Please note: Rooms with a shared bath have one room with two twin beds that connects to another room with one queen bed. If you need assistance reserving connecting rooms, please contact the front desk of Assembly Inn at frontdesk@montreat.org or call 828.419.9844.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by March 20 in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after March 20. All requests must be made in writing to frontdesk@montreat.org.


If you have any questions about making your housing reservation, please email the front desk of Assembly Inn at frontdesk@montreat.org or call 828.419.9844.

If you have questions about the St. John’s Bible or any of the optional activities, please email Emily Causey at emilyc@montreat.org or Carol Steele at carols@montreat.org.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterTim Ternes is the director of The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota. Tim worked closely with the artistic team in the creation of the original works and facilitated planning and communication between artists and commissioner. This has given him extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge and great stories about all aspects of the project. In addition to caring for the original folios of the Bible, Tim travels extensively offering presentations and educational programs for The Saint John’s Bible project and library collections. In short, Tim is the keeper of the pages and the keeper of the story.

Montreat Conference CenterThe Rev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones is the year-round director of arts ministry at Montreat Conference Center. She is a graduate of Eckerd College (’77), Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (’82), and Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC, where she earned her DMin in arts and theology, under the guidance of Catherine Kapikian. She is a teaching elder and member of St. Andrew Presbytery, and splits her time between Greenville, MS, and Montreat, NC. She and her husband, Mike Caulfield have two adult children, Sally and Doug.

Montreat Conference CenterMartha Nelson, RYT-Yoga Therapist, has had a love for body movement since taking ballet and gymnastics in kindergarten. Her interest evolved through studying martial arts, jazz dancing, contra dancing, African dancing, and NIA. In 2002, upon discovering yoga, Martha became dedicated to her personal yoga practice. She enjoys both the fully physical and the mental-soul grounding aspects of the practice. In teaching her emphasis is on each student’s personal journey towards better health. Her style combines yin yoga, hatha flow and restorative techniques activating the breath while focusing on alignment in yoga poses with the goal of lengthening and strengthening the muscles of the body. No yoga experience is needed to participate in her Yoga class. You will leave with increased body tone, a peaceful feeling, and an awakened mind!

More Information

Child care is not available for this program.

If you have questions about the St. John’s Bible or any of the optional activities, please email Emily Causey at emilyc@montreat.org or Carol Steele at carols@montreat.org.