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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: Montreat Conference Center is hosting the heritage edition of the Gospel/Acts volume of The St. John’s Bible and guests will have the opportunity to see, touch, and engage with the 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. Evening lectures will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a limited enrollment interactive workshop on Wednesday afternoon. For more details about the lectures and interactive workshop, please click on the MORE INFORMATION tab above.
  • 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: Grow your inner artist 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*
  • Two Bedroom Suite: $130.00/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 need assistance reserving your room, 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!

The Saint John’s Bible: A Handwritten Bible For the New Millennium

Montreat Conference CenterAt the dawn of the twenty-first century, Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota commissioned a work of art that illuminates the Word of God for a new millennium and designed to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, monumental, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era. It was created by scribes in a Scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords. The Bible was completed in 2011, and its permanent home is the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

The Saint John’s Bible incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: it was written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. And yet, it employs a modern English translation (NRSV) as well as contemporary scripts and illumination.

The Saint John’s Bible reaffirms Saint John’s commitment to Scripture and to the book arts. The Saint John’s Bible is a prophetic witness to the Word of God in our day and beautiful and dignified expression of the Benedictine vision: “That in all things God may be glorified.”

Tuesday Evening Lecture

From Inspiration to Illumination: The Saint John’s Bible

This introductory presentation by Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible, will introduce guests to the fascinating story behind the creation of this magnificent work of art. Through video, projected imagery, dynamic reproductions and engaging discussions guests will have the opportunity to see, hear and learn more about this inspirational undertaking. Marvel as you turn the pages on a full-size, museum quality art reproduction of the original and see first-hand the splendor of each beautiful page and artwork.

Wednesday Interactive Workshop

From Pen to Page: Exploring the Tools Methods and Materials used in the Creation of The Saint John’s Bible

The Saint John’s Bible is a work of art for the new millennium, but it was created using the ancient tools and technologies of medieval scribes and artists. This hand-on session will allow guests to learn more about the materials, methods and tools used in creating the beautiful pages of The Saint John’s Bible. Participants will grind ink, write with quills on vellum and experience first-hand the challenges of making gold adhere to a page. This is not a master class in calligraphy or art technique; the session is an introductory experience allowing guests to more fully understand the monumental work and talent that went into creating this once-in-a-millennium project. No special artistic skills or talents required! This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Participants who are staying in the Inn will be automatically enrolled in the workshop at no additional cost. Others can register for $25 beginning April 3rd by contacting Susan Akduman at susana@montreat.org or 828.419.9829.

Wednesday Evening Lecture

Word and Image, the Story of The Saint John’s Bible Continues Part of an Artistic and Monastic Lineage

This second presentation will continue the story of The Saint John’s Bible as it explores additional artworks in the collection and places The Saint John’s Bible in the historical Manuscript Tradition.

More Information

For more information about Tim Ternes, click on the LEADERSHIP tab above.

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.