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MONTREAT, NORTH CAROLINA

The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis: Inspiration, Belief, and the Power of Language

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Program #21023RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Participants may wish to hike on their own in surrounding mountains, which peak elev. exceed 5,400.

Itinerary for May 19 — May 24, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Orientation
Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3 - 5:30 p.m. Pull up to the porch of Assembly Inn to unload, then park your vehicle in any marked spot along the Lake or Assembly Drive. Relax in your room, meet and enjoy fellowship with other participants in the beautiful lobby, or stretch your legs with a walk around the campus.

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. A relaxing treat after your day of travel... enjoy Montreat's dinner buffet... select one of two main entrées (or have both), good-for-you vegetables, a full salad bar, bread, and of course, something for your sweet tooth. Sweet and unsweetened tea, coffee, variety of milk choices, as well as cold or hot water (with tea or hot choc).

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. We'll provide some information about Montreat, go over the schedule, and you'll have an opportunity to meet your instructor for the week. We know you're tired from your travels, so we'll finish up around 8 p.m. with some "get to know you" activities, and then refreshments and fellowship in the lobby.

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - C.S. Lewis's Early Life, Norse Influences, and Li...
C.S. Lewis's Early Life, Norse Influences, and Life during WWI and at Oxford Unviersity

Breakfast: (early morning coffee out around 6:30 a.m.) Our breakfast buffet is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? If so, you're in for a treat this week! Breakfast options change daily, incorporating lots of your favorites... biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, grits, hash browns, French toast, pancakes, oatmeal (not the packaged kind either), and lots of others. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pastries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!

Morning: During the early morning course, we will explore Lewis’s early life, especially his imaginative life, including the worlds of Boxen and Animal-Land that he and his brother, Warren, invented, mapped, and peopled. We'll have a mid-morning refreshment break and then return to class for the lecture and discussion about the gradual erosion of his Christian faith and his embracing instead of “northernness”—that is, a fascination with Norse mythology.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Afternoon course will trace Lewis's imaginative life during WWI and through his days as an undergraduate and later fellow at Oxford University. 3:30 Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Evening program, (usually Fun in the Mountains, with Glenn & Evelyn Bannerman... an opportunity to enjoy some of the recreational activities known to the mountain folk) from 7:00 to 8:00 games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - C.S. Lewis's Christian Conversion, Life in the 30...
C.S. Lewis's Christian Conversion, Life in the 30s and 40s, and Writing the Chronicles of Narnia; Optional Hike

Breakfast: Another great Breakfast buffet, served 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: During the morning course, with Don King, we'll have a careful exploration of Lewis's conversion to Christianity and how his imagination played a key role in the process. Mid-morning, we'll have a refreshment break and then return to class for an examination of Lewis's imaginative life through the 1930s and 1940s, noting in particular the important books where we find Lewis's imagination impacting his approach to Christian apologetics, including The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Ready for something a little different? "Taco Tuesday" gives you the opportunity to build your own tacos, taco salad, burrito, or whatever creative combination of Mexican fare you choose! Chips, melted cheese, and salsa (along with jalapeños if you so desire) top it all off. A complete salad bar is available, so don't worry if "Mexican food" is not your favorite. Be sure to save room for some cobbler and ice cream.

Afternoon: During our afternoon course, we will focus upon Lewis's later imaginative writings, especially The Chronicles of Narnia. 3:30 Optional hike in the mountains Free Time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Typically our "holiday dinner." Fresh baked ham and turkey with dressing and all the trimmings. All the warmth of a great holiday meal, but no dishes to do or relatives to worry about!

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: Evening programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship and optional movie on big screen.

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - The Influence of Joy Davidson on C.S. Lewis, Afte...
The Influence of Joy Davidson on C.S. Lewis, Afternoon Free Time, and a Virtual Exploration of Lewis's home in Oxford, England

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Do you like sausage links or patties the best?

Morning: During the early morning course, with Don King, we will consider how Till We Have Faces and The Four Loves may have been influenced by his great love, Joy Davidman. We'll have a mid-morning refreshment break and then return to class. In part, we will examine some of Joy's letters written during this time that reveals Lewis’s daily writing schedule and other related matters.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Our deli meat lunch lets you select your favorite sliced meat, cheeses and breads to create the sandwich of your choosing. Lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments available. How about some potato salad or macaroni salad (or maybe even some homemade soup) to go with it?

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area!

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Evening course offers a "vrtual exploration" of Lewis's home--The Kilns--in Oxford, England.

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - Discussion of a BBC Radio Broadcast by Lewis duri...
Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Have you tried Ronny's biscuits and gravy yet? If not, you're missing out!

Morning: During the early morning courses, with Don King, we will hear and discuss a rare broadcast of one of Lewis's talks on BBC radio during World War II, when he was at Oxford, including materials that later appear in his book on theology, Mere Christianity, considered a classic of Christian apologetics. Mid-morning, we'll have a break with some refreshments and fellowship.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Afternoon course continues our discussion of C S Lewis. 3:30 - 5:30 free time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program (probably a concert) games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 24 - Discussion of Lewis's Legacy, Lunch and Departure...
Breakfast: Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Your last chance to have Ronny's biscuits and gravy... if you're just now trying it, you'll wish you'd been enjoying it all week.

Morning: During our final morning courses, will offer an overview and wrap up of the implications of Lewis’s imagination on his work as a Christian apologist. We will conclude by considering what might be Lewis’s “legacy” as a writer in the future. For instance, we will consider the questions: “Which of Lewis’s books will people probably still be reading a hundred years from now in 2113? Why? We'll have a mid-morning refreshment break and opportunity to check out of your room (checkout required by 11 a.m.). Our closing program will be held 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (Box lunches will be available for those who cannot stay through lunch)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Montreat, NC
Asheville Area Chamber of CommerceThe Asheville Chamber has specific information on Asheville and the surrounding area. Plenty of shops and places to visit! Enjoy a trolley tour of the city...
For additional information, visit: www.ashevillechamber.org
Biltmore EstateGeorge Vanderbilt's 255-room mansion built at the end of the 19th Century, with a magnificent art collection and gardens covering 35 acres.
For additional information, visit: www.biltmore.com
Black Mountain / Swannanoa Chamber of CommerceChamber of Commerce located in downtown Black Mountain. Phone number 828 669-2300 Quaint small town with lots of unique shops to explore. Several of these shops are "art" based -- with items the owners make. Information on all area attractions!
For additional information, visit: www.exploreblackmountain.com
Black Mountain Golf CourseBoasts the world's longest fairway. Beautiful course with views of the mountains on all sides.
Blue Ridge MountainsThe Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachians -- and offer some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. Hiking trails abound, both in Montreat and in the surrounding area with seasonal flora and fauna.
Carl Sandburg HomeA simple farmhouse and goat farm donated to the Park Service by Mrs. Sandburg after the famous author and poet's death. Video about the Sandburgs--his literary work--and hers in breeding goats. House kept as though they could come home any minute!
Cherokee Indian VillageThe Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Unto These Hills outdoor play (seasonal).
Chimney Rock ParkLocated in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Enjoy an elevator ride up 26 stores in a granite shaft to the chimney level. Gorgeous views from the top of the "chimney," and lots of hiking trails. Admission fee required.
For additional information, visit: chimneyrockpark.com
Folk Art CenterHome of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild (located on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in east Asheville
For additional information, visit: southernhighlandguild.org/folkart.html
Grandfather MountainLocated in Linville, NC; attractions include a mile-high swinging bridge, natural habitat area, and hiking trails
For additional information, visit: grandfather.com
Harrah's CasinoHarrah's Casino on the Cherokee Indian Reservation
For additional information, visit: www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/che/index.html
Linville CavernsA 35-minute walking tour through caverns deep under the Humpback Mountain.
For additional information, visit: linvillecaverns.com
Thomas Wolfe HomeThe childhood home of the famous author -- includes a video about him. House has been made into a museum.
For additional information, visit: www.wolfememorial.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures

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