Who can attend The Christmount Post-College Retreat?
This is a retreat for Christian (and Christian-ish) young adults, so we’re limiting the age range to 22-30.
We sometimes add that “and Christian-ish” because we don’t want to exclude anyone who wants to come. You do not have to be a church-going, card-carrying member of the Christian faith, or of any particular denomination, to join us at this event, but the retreat itself is a Christian one, and the people running the show and the camp we’ll be at all belong to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination.
Seekers of any type are among those who are welcome, because all are welcome, and we mean all: all sizes, all colors, all ages, all cultures, all beliefs, all identities, and all people are safe here.
I’m 21/31, and I want to come! What about me?
This is for people who are out of college, maybe in graduate school or working, who are looking for a retreat designed for them. We created this event in part because there’s such a void of groups and events for 20-something Christians. There are children’s ministries, summer camps, youth groups, and college events on one end of the age spectrum, and there are adult and senior groups on the other. Generally speaking, there isn’t much for the people in between. Until, we hope, now.
With that in mind, we had to draw the lines somewhere, and 22-30 seemed like the most inclusive age bracket we could define without underserving or overreaching.
How do I register?
It’s pretty complicated; you should probably take notes. Ready?
Send an email to Jamie Brame, Church Relations Director at Christmount: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And that’s it!
How much does it cost?
Registration is $90, which includes a $20 nonrefundable deposit to be paid via Paypal when you register. The remainder ($70) can be paid when you arrive. The registration fee covers 2 nights’ lodging in the Group Lodge (bunk beds — bring your own linens!), Saturday dinner, and all retreat activities. We will pool some money for breakfast items to eat at the Lodge. Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and Sunday lunch are up to you, and we encourage you to check out the local Black Mountain cuisine. Visit The 10 Best Black Mountain Restaurants 2017 – TripAdvisor to get a good idea of Black Mountain’s variety of restaurants and cafe’s, and contact Jamie if you have particular questions.
For those wishing to arrive on Thursday afternoon and enjoy a day sight-seeing and being on your own, the cost is $20. All meals are on your own.
What do I need to bring with me?
We’ll provide your bed and one of your meals, but you’ll need to bring:
- Comfortable clothing, including good walking shoes. It can get chilly in the mountains at this time of year, so pack accordingly.
- Bedding for a twin bed.
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, hair brush, deodorant, etc.)
- Journal or notebook and pen
What is Christmount?
Christmount Retreat is a camp and conference center in Black Mountain, NC, just east of Asheville. Their mission is to provide opportunities in the heart of the mountains for Christian hospitality, rest for the soul, and renewal for the journey. They host all kinds of individuals, camps, and retreats, including clergy sabbatical retreats, Camp Lakey Gap for persons with autism, and the College Retreat for our undergraduate counterparts.
You’ll find that a lot of the folks at the Retreat are Christmount alumni, people who’ve attended camp there in the past or even worked for Christmount. They keep coming back, and for good reason. Christmount is a beautiful, special place. You’re going to love it.
Who is the keynote speaker?
Our speaker this year is Rev. Jamie Brame, the Program Director at Christmount.
Jamie’s major areas of interest are American Christianity, world religions, spirituality and prayer practices, and social justice. He was educated at Atlantic Christian College (BA in Religion and Philosophy), now Barton College, and the Divinity School at Duke University (M.Div.). He and his wife, Renae, perform music together and have produced three CD’s of her original music and are part of the band “Renae Brame and the Solid Stone Band.”
Jamie has worked at Christmount for over 28 years. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).