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Feeling Overwhelmed, Confused or just a little bit Lost?

Time to REFRESH!

Retreat 2024!

October 18, 19, 20

Mountain Retreat
Highlands, NC.


Spending time in Nature is no longer
a luxury, it's a necessity.

In a world of A.I., blue light and noise pollution it's time to take a breath of Fresh Air and return to yourself.


RETREAT: (noun)

  1. the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)

  2. a place you can go to be alone, to get away from it all.


Sunrise in 30 seconds

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We return to the Magical Mountain located on the 4,200 foot high granite cliffs of the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Mountain is an ecologically-conscious retreat and learning center located 4 miles southwest of Highlands, NC and 10 miles east of Dillard, GA.

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Schedule of Events

A full Schedule of Events will be available soon and will be posted here as a PDF. The retreat is designed to give you plenty of time to explore through the different programs and meditations as well as to give you time for your own self exploration as well. Here is a list of some to the programs you will enjoy.

All Programs are optional!

  • Morning Sunrise Meditation (x2!)

  • Shamanic Nightly Bonfire (x2!)

  • Sound Bath Meditation

  • Living Your LifePath: Numerology to Live By

  • Past Life Regression

  • Ho'Oponopono

  • Walking the Labyrinth

  • Creating your own Natures Tarot

  • Increasing your Intuitive skills

  • Gathering crystals by the river, call Rock Hounding!


Rock Hounding!



All lodging is on The Mountain. Hotels are available down Mountain, but not recommended due to the drive. Lodging is considered to be comfortable, not luxurious ... rustic, not primitive. Each room has its own hot water shower, toilet, sink with mirror, night stand with lamp and electrical outlets, desk with chair, storage space and adjustable thermostat. The beds are single style and although the mattress is comfortable, I would recommend a blanket for a little more padding underneath the sheets. Towels and linens are provided.

There are two types of lodging: Cabin. Lodge. Both are a short walk to Dining Hall.

The Cabin is stand alone duplex building with 2 single beds per unit and private bathroom each. A small walkway/porch with chair accompanies each room for outdoor seating.

The Lodge is more configured like a hotel with 2 single beds each room with private shower and toilet. The Lodge is attached to our Indoor Classroom and the large porch overlooking the mountain. There is a small kitchenette with Refrigerator and coffee & tea maker in the main Lodge.

Closer to time of retreat I will issue an email with recommendations of other items to bring.

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Rooms in the Lodge

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Interior Classroom (at Lodge) with Fireplace!

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We will do most of our work outside in Nature of weather permits. Inside the Lodge is a very comfortable space just in case we have inclement weather as well as just a great place to gather and be warm with tea, coffee and hot chocolate near by!

Besides the fireplace, it has a great panel of windows overlooking the mountains.

Plenty of Outdoors

Bring your hiking boots/shoes as there are plenty of places to just wander and  "BE" in nature. Because of possible cool temperatures, make sure to bring a jacket, gloves and a hat!

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There is something truly Sacred about a Bonfire. The very Shamanic essence of "Fire" is transformation. When community gathers for Bonfire the power of transformation is increased exponentially. Each person discover a new part of themselves by burning away the old part of themself. The part no longer necessary to feel safe, accepted, forgiven and loved is release into the smoke of the fire and delivered into the atmosphere of Great Spirit.

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Each and every Bonfire I've facilitated is different one from the other. All are visited by an unseen "force" that is both powerful and benevolent. Often the sound of a bear, or the howl of of wolf or the screech of an eagle or whale can be heard speaking through the darkness of the trees and the light of the fire.

We will have a bonfire both Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting. If weather prevents us then our fire will be in the Lodge with the usual program of a Shamanic Journey. Friday Night bonfire we will have a 'Sharing" and conversation as the fire is slowly extinguished then you are encouraged to spend some silent time either on the Lodge porch or your own space. Saturday Bonfire after the Shamanic Journey, you will be invited to bring your drum or rattle creating a real Tribe of Sight, Sound and Community. Stay a little more for some snacks and conversation as the fire is extinguished.


The Sacred Fire Keeper


Bonfire Prep


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All of the meals are offered as a self-serve buffet, allowing the guests to craft their own meal selections.

As an example, the standard breakfast menu includes options such as morning eggs and sausage as well as veggie patties and tofu scramble, fresh fruit, dry cereal, grits and oatmeal. The salad bar is well stocked for lunch and dinner. Evening meals include meat and vegetarian main entrées and a selection of vegetables and whole grains or root vegetables.


A selection of drinks from teas, fresh coffee,

juices, whole or skim milk, and milk alternatives

are available 24 hours a day.


Please coordinate with our Guest Services team when planning your visit to The Mountain to discuss your dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals.

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Fun Thing ~ Fun People

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Retreat Details:

This is a non-drug retreat and is based solely on your Direct connection between yourself and Source with no other filters to get in the way of the authentic experience.

Mountain Retreat
Highlands, NC.

October 18, 19, 20

 What you take home is the person you always knew was inside of yourself. An intuitive, compassionate person with integrity and a desire to be a greater expression of love that will help heal the world.

Cost includes: 3 days/ 2 nights

  • Lodging

  • All Programs

  • All meals at Retreat Center

  • All taxes and fees

Double Occupancy:     $525

Does not include transportation, additional meals
in Highlands or any additional services.

Single Occupancy:       $671

Early Squirrel Special!

Good Until 6/7/24

Double Occupancy:     $475

Single Occupancy:       $621

The payment link has not been set up yet. Please email me and I will let you know as soon as it's available.

Meet Your Guide


Don Simmons

Don has been an active professional meditation teacher, hypnotherapist, sound practitioner, psychic and Shamanic healer/teacher for over 30 years. He has studied meditation with Zen Master Thicht Nhat Han and Jon Kabat-Zinn and was certified in Past Life Regression with Brian Weiss, MD, author of "Many Lives, Many Masters."

Don has developed The Mindful Society to help others discover living Mindfully in every day life. His podcast The Mindful Society can be found where ever you listen to podcast. He leads a group, "The Trusted Tribe" in virtual weekly meditations and other programs of Spiritual attunement.

His One Minute Meditation has been played over 2 million times on Insight Timer and is the most requested meditation in the Under 5 Minutes category. He is the president of the International Sound Therapy Association and gives workshops and retreats yearly as well as conducts in person and virtual sessions with clients all over the world.

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