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Exceptional Leaders for Difficult Times: Apartheid, 20th Century Visionaries, Celtic Women Leaders

Program Number: 21132RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $558.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

9-29-2013

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Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.



The Story of Apartheid

We will touch upon South Africa’s geographical context and ancient history before examining the apartheid era in detail. We will focus on the importance of leadership in its rise and demise, and explore the aftermath and South Africa today.



20th Century Prophetic Visionaries

Examine the lives of five 20th century visionaries whose remarkable leadership and writing still provide deep wells of prophetic wisdom, nurture and hope: Gandhi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pearl Buck, Reinhold Nieburhr, and Martin Luther King, Jr.



Legendary Celtic Women Leaders

We will examine the lives of Queen Boadicea, Bridget of Kildare, and Jeannie Robertson and uncover character traits which these women held in common that made their lives so remarkable, and who still encourage people today.




Montreat

Originally founded as a spiritual retreat center, Montreat, nestled on Lake Susan at the foot of Graybeard Mountain, continues to be a peaceful destination for those seeking respite. Footpaths weave through the 4,000 acres of surrounding woodlands and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains offer other recreational opportunities.



Accommodations
Beautiful conference center overlooking small lake in the center of Montreat. Spacious lounges, classrooms, fireplace and dining facilities in same building.
Meals and Lodgings
   Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
  Montreat, NC 5 nights
 Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
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.
  Ship Information: Items to be shipped to guests (UPS/Fed Express, etc.) should be addressed to the participant, c/o Tracy Bailey, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757. Items sent regular mail should be addressed the same as above, but use P. O. Box 969.
  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, 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  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
  Additional nights after:  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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 - 5:30 p.m., at the Assembly Inn. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 p.m. with lunch at the Assembly Inn. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the Assembly Inn in Montreat.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreat, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Black Mountain, NC; nearest large town: Asheville, NC
  Nearest highway: Route 9 to Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Montreat, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Charlotte, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours, all interstate 

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours, all interstate 

 

Knoxville, TN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours, all interstate 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
various... see listing below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

price varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Road Scholar coordinator suggests/recommends to you Grandyco Car Service 828-273-3214 and is happy to coordinate transportation for guests coming in to the Asheville airport, so price is less. Other options (visit www.flyavl.com for more) Marvels Transport 828-280-1698 A Red Cab 828-232-1112 Areawide Transportation 828-713-4710 Beaver Lake Cab 828-252-1913 Checker Cab 828-254-1155

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
same as listed for airport
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

arrange for transport with Road Scholar coordinator at Montreat; she will coordinate times with other participants.

 
Driving Directions
  From All Points - to Interstate 40 Come to Western North Carolina via Interstate 40; use exit 64 for Black Mountain/Montreat/Route 9 (15 miles east of Asheville, NC). At the exit, turn north on Route 9 (go through one traffic light, across a railroad track and another traffic light, and up the hill to the traffic light). Go straight across where Route 9 becomes Montreat Road, and travel approximately two miles to the Montreat entrance (stone gate). From the gate, continue approximatley 1 1/2 miles to the middle of the conference center. The Assembly Inn is on the hill on the left, across from Lake Susan. Pull up to the front door of the Inn to unload, and then park your car in marked spaces along the lake or the Inn. Please note: do not trust a map or GPS that tries to bring you in on Route 9 (except for the last few miles) instead of Interstate 40 (unless you desire to travel along very sharp curves, up and down mountains). Also, do not take Flat Creek Road... come up Montreat Road (Route 9 North).
Elevation Note: Participants may wish to hike on their own in surrounding mountains, which peak elev. exceed 5,400.

Equipment Requirements: Anyone wishing to enjoy outdoor activities (walking, hiking) should bring hiking boots or shoes with tread on bottom.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 4 - 5:30 p.m. Spend some time walking around the beautiful grounds. Concrete and gravel path surrounds Lake Susan... or venture out with your map to explore the campus.
 Dinner: Join us for a scrumptious dinner in the Galax Dining Room, located on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. A full salad bar, choice of two different entrées, vegetables, rolls/bread, fruit and dessert will tempt your taste buds and your appetite! Sweet/Unsweetened tea, milk, coffee, water with tea, etc. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Our opening program and orientation will be at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall, also in the Assembly Inn. We'll spend some time reviewing the schedule for the week, and you'll have an opportunity to meet and hear from your instructors. Our evening will close with some "get to know you" activities and fellowship/games/puzzles in the lobby.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Two morning courses, afternoon course, walk around Montreat and fun evening program
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: Assembly Inn Dining Room, Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 AM.
 Morning: During our first morning course, with Dean Thompson, we will explore "Gandhi: Prophet of Soul Force" In David Lean’s intriguing film, A Passage to India, a wise older woman, Mrs. Moore, played by Peggy Ashcroft, observes that “India forces one to come face to face with oneself. It can be rather disturbing.” Our scene is a disturbing yet epic-making picture: the enormous struggle for justice and equality in a country and an era beset by injustice, inequality, factionalism and violence. Mohandas Karamschand Gandhi (1869-1948) is at the center of this freedom story, which is, according to Howard Erdman, “one of the marvels of the 20th century.” As someone has said, when Gandhi spoke, “freedom spoke.” Please join us in celebrating Gandhi as the “Great Soul” whose prophetic vision of non violent resistance (Satyagraha) helped free his people from oppression, helped free the oppressor from living as an oppressor, became a prophetic global influence, and continues to inspire modern freedom struggles in nations such as Burma, Zimbabwe, Bosnia, Estonia, Tunisia, and Egypt. Satyagraha translates as “truth force,” or “soul force,” or “firmness of truth and love.” Through Satyagraha, the wrongdoer is resisted not by violence but rather by telling the truth in a manner that is willing to suffer and even to absorb the adversary’s punishment in love. Mid-morning, we'll have a break for something to drink and some goodies, and then return to class for our course on "Legendary Celtic Women Leaders," with Bobbie Pell. This session includes an Introduction to Ancient Celtic Life, including the Eight-fold Celtic Calendar - Feast Days, Celebrations, Poetry/Song; the Nature of Celtic Mythology: J. Campbell Myth Categories / Irish Cycles. We'll also explore the Great Chain of Being (Hierarchy of Beings)
 Lunch: Lunch is served in the Galax dining room (typically from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. The lunch menu varies each day, but normally features a salad bar, sandwich fixings, soup, and a yummy (light) dessert to top it off.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon course with Ann Karson begins our discussion of South Africa and Apartheid. We'll take a brief look at geography and ancient history, to put the country in perspective. After class time, you'll have an opportunity to explore the Heritage Center and take a guided walk around Montreat.
 Dinner: Assembly Inn Dining Room, Dinner, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 Evening: "Fun in the Mountains" recreational program. Games/cards and tv available in the lobby of the Inn for fellowship.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Two morning lectures and discussions, one afternoon course, an optional hike, and another fun evening program.
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: Whether you like muffins, pancakes or waffles, bacon or sausage, grits or oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, or a bowl of cereal and some fruit.... breakfast in the Galax Dining Room, served from 7:30 - 8:30 is sure to please! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
 Morning: Our early morning class, with Dean Thompson, focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "Costly Grace Embodied." Today, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s incredibly courageous life and work (1906-1945) continue to speak powerfully to theologians and students of liberation in global contexts as diverse as Japan, Korea, Australia, Latin America, North America, Europe, and South Africa. In the words of ethicist Donald Shriver, Bonhoeffer teaches us “a new way of living in the presence of God – solidly in the world, in the suffering of one’s neighbors.” Let us study together the significant and ongoing influence of this German pastor, theologian and martyr, whose prophetic vision led him into an underground and illegal church, led him to join a conspiracy to murder Adolf Hitler, and led to his execution on the Nazi gallows, at age 39, only three weeks before Hitler’s suicide in a Berlin bunker. We will examine Dietrich’s prophetic and memorable teaching that we must try “to see the great events of word history from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the oppressed, the reviled – in short, from the perspective of those who suffer…We have to learn that personal suffering is a more effective key, a more rewarding principle for exploring the world in thought and action than personal good fortune.” Mid morning, we'll have a break and come back to the classroom for our presentation and discussion on "Legendary Celtic Women Leaders" with Bobbie Pell. Today we focus on "Warrior Women: Transformation through Passion" Learn the eight classic Female Archetypes, and then discuss these Celtic Women Warriors: Maternal: Cerridwen (Irish Shapeshifting “Fith-Fath”) Independence: Arianrhod (Welsh Mabinogion); Maeve War Cycles: The Triune Morrigan (Phantom Queen, Frenzy, Macha) and Political: Queen Boadicea (Irish Iceni leader)
 Lunch: Time to eat again! Lunch will be served in the Galax Dining room on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. Today's feature: Taco Tuesday! Enjoy Mexican dishes... build your own tacos or burritos, make a Mexican salad, All the trimmings make for a delicious and fun lunch... including tortilla chips and melted cheese... sour cream and peppers. Top it all off with some warm peach cobbler and ice cream. Yum Yum!
 Afternoon: During our afternoon course, with Ann Karson, we will have a quick survey of early modern history of the country, that is, the BCE/AD era to the 19th Century. Following class, there is an opportunity for a hike in the mountains. Led by a Montreat volunteer, who helped to build the hiking trail, you can explore flora (and perhaps fauna) as you walk along a mountain ridge on a trail built specifically with our Road Scholar participants in mind.
 Dinner: Galax Dining Room in the Assembly Inn welcomes us for dinner from 5:30 - 6:30. This is typically what we call the "holiday meal." Turkey, dressing, ham, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie perhaps?
 Evening: More fun for the evening. Let's relax and enjoy a musical concert or a storyteller to tickle our funny bones!
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Two morning courses, free afternoon, and course in the evening.
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: Another great breakfast buffet in the Galax Dining Room at the Assembly Inn, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: In our early morning course with Dean Thompson, we'll learn about Pearl Buck, the Compassionate Angel. Explore Pearl S. Buck’s life journey (1892–1973) as a phenomenon to behold! A child of Presbyterian missionaries, Pearl learned Chinese before she learned English; thus, she always regarded herself as mentally and culturally “bifocal.” Pearl’s The Good Earth was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1932; and in 1938, she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. According to historian James Thomson, she is “the most influential Westerner to write about China since thirteenth-century Marco Polo.” As a world citizen, Pearl combined a deep literary life with a prophetic passion for service. Pearl’s prophetic vision led her to rescue numerous Asian children from the unmerciful ranks of “unadoptability.” James Michener judged that “If you followed in her trail…you were put in touch with almost every major movement in the United States – intellectual, social and political.” Pearl was a tireless advocate for international peace, racial justice, the mentally challenged, and the rights of women and children, especially the hungry and homeless. In a pre-college year at a Shanghai boarding school, Pearl served as a volunteer at the Door of Hope, a shelter for Chinese prostitutes and slave girls. There, she made a “fierce resolution.” Wherever she “saw evil and cruelty at work,” she would devote her all “to delivering its victims.” We'll have a mid morning refreshment break, and return to the classroom to join Bobbie Pell in the exploration of Legendary Celtic Women Leaders. Today, we'll discuss "The Spirit of Celtic Women" Bridget of Kildare (monastic legendary “Bride”); Goddess Brigit (hearth: poetry, healing, smithcraft); and enjoy some samples of Legends blending with Reality.
 Lunch: Lunch buffet in the Galax Dining Room of the Assembly Inn.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon for relaxation or exploration of the area. Lots of suggestions and directions will be provided.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Galax Dining Room of the Assembly Inn, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Have you gained your required five pounds yet? Still a couple of days to work on it.. so don't worry.
 Evening: Class time.... We continue our exploration of South Africa and Apartheid with Ann Karson. This evening, we discuss Segregation: pre-apartheid South Arica. 19th and early 20th Centuries, to 1948.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Two morning courses, an afternoon course, and a fun evening program.
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. If you haven't tried the grits yet, you really should!
 Morning: Reinhold Niebuhr: Prophet of Biblical Relevance In this session with Dean Thompson, we will wrestle with how prophetic vision helped Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) to show us the meaning of the human self and its communities in ways that are personal, political and strategic. General Andrew Bacevich describes Niebuhr as “a towering presence in American intellectual life from the 1930s through the 1960s.” Martin Luther King Jr. named Niebuhr as one of the two greatest influences on his own intellectual life. Today, we are experiencing a renewed appreciation of Niebuhr, through his deep influence on figures such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, David Brooks and E. J. Dionne. As a preeminent theologian and political scientist, Niebuhr loved the U. S. Constitution, because it recognizes both sides of our human condition: our indeterminate possibilities for good, and our indeterminate possibilities for destructiveness. The following Niebuhrian passages about our human nature reveal the mind and heart of a great prophetic visionary. "Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." "God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other." We'll have a refreshment break around 10:15 a.m. and return to the classroom for our class on Legendary Celtic Women Leaders with Bobbie Pell. Today, we'll enjoy the : Music of the Celtic Soul as we learn about the Scottish Revival: Jeannie Robertson “Queen Among the Heathers” From Kitchen to Stage - Alan Lomax Collection Performing Ballads / Ballad Form and Variants
 Lunch: Lunch buffet in the Galax Dining Room.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we'll have our final class with Ann Karson where we'll discuss Apartheid: 1948 to 1994. Legislation, leaders and how ordinary people (black, white and inbetween) lived. Finally a brief survey of 1994 to present and a quick look at South Africa and its issues today.
 Dinner: Dinner is served in the Galax Dining Room from 5:30 - 6:30. Thursday night's feature is usally "italian night." spagetti, lasagna, salads, bread, and lots of great dessert.
 Evening: A fun evening with some local entertainment... either a musical concert or a storyteller. Games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final classes and discussions, closing program, lunch and goodbyes
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Last breakfast buffet in the Galax Dining Room at the Assembly Inn, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Splurge on those biscuits and gravy... you can work it off when you get home!
 Morning: During our final session with Dean Thompson, we will discuss Martin Luther King Jr.: "America’s Moses" Let's celebrate David Halberstam’s contention that Dr. King grew to become “the leading international voice of nonviolence” and “the clear lineal descendant of Gandhi.” The grandson of a slave, Martin Luther King Jr. (1928-1968) had a prophetic vision or dream that will help define American destiny for years to come. Preaching hope and realism, and leading through marches, demonstrations, boycotts and sit-ins that were grounded in nonviolent resistance, creative coercion, and speaking the truth in love, King, more than any other human being, was responsible for desegregating the basic places that we call bedrock American experience. His powerful sermons and speeches held forth what God’s deliverance from bondage to freedom meant to him and his people; and he graciously and bravely invited the rest of the nation to share in it. “He was our Moses,” declared Charlotte Nuby, a junior high student, at the time of his tragic death, at age 39, in 1968. As we ponder King’s prophetic agenda, we will study the heart of his unfinished work and calling, his courageous efforts against what he persistently labeled as the three horrible scourges of our national and international orders: poverty, racism and war. After a refreshment break, which you may also use to check out of the Inn, we'll return for our last class with Bobbie Pell on "Legendary Celtic Women." Our focus is "Drawing From Inspirational Lives" and we'll create character connections from Ancients with today, explore freewrite to Celtic instrumentals (played by female artists of today) and have a Journaling Activity: Inner Outings. After class, we'll have a brief closing program and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
 Lunch: Lunch and Goodbyes in the Galax Dining Room of the Assembly Inn 12:30 - 1:30 (box lunches provided for those who do not wish to stay through lunch)
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Montreat, NC Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
The 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 Estate
George 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 Commerce
Chamber 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 Course
Boasts the world's longest fairway. Beautiful course with views of the mountains on all sides. For additional information, visit townofblackmountain.org
  Blue Ridge Mountains
The 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 Home
A 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! For additional information, visit nps.gov/carl
  Cherokee Indian Village
The Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Unto These Hills outdoor play (seasonal).
  Chimney Rock Park
Located 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 Center
Home of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild (located on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in east Asheville For additional information, visit southernhighlandguild.org/folkart.html
  Grandfather Mountain
Located in Linvolle, NC; attractions include a mile-high swinging bridge, natural habitat area, and hiking trails For additional information, visit grandfather.com
  Harrah's Casino
Harrah's Casino on the Cherokee Indian Reservation For additional information, visit www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/che/index.html
  Linville Caverns
A 35-minute walking tour through caverns deep under the Humpback Mountain. For additional information, visit linvillecaverns.com
  Thomas Wolfe Home
The childhood home of the famous author -- includes a video about him. House has been made into a museum. For additional information, visit www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/wolfe/wolfe.htm
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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