North Carolina

Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Wanderings

Witness Southern Appalachia in full bloom and gain a deeper understanding of nature and yourself as you join experts to walk and learn about the natural wonders of this idyllic region.
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Program No. 8999RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

How do you approach spending time in nature? Scientifically, discerning the names and parts of wild flowers and plants? Aesthetically, enjoying the beauty and sensory experience? Perhaps you enjoy the physical routes for health, toning, and walks in the woods? Some strive for spiritual connections, pondering the mysteries and wonders of creation. We will combine these four approaches as we stroll along mountain paths, delight in color-filled carpets of wild flowers, enjoy solo meditation moments,and feel the spray of voluminous waterfalls in western North Carolina!
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to four miles on well maintained mountain trails that have uneven terrain, including rocks and roots.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the life and botany of the mountains as you walk wooded paths in search of wildflowers and visit the North Carolina Arboretum.
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Botanical Gardens of Asheville and waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest.
  • Consider the primary elements of Celtic Spirituality and identify sacred grounds for yourself and your life.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Please note that while this program involves significant amounts of walking, the focus is on nature exploration, not hiking. Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week.
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Barbara Pell
Bobbie, the moonstone minstrel, has been telling stories and writing fiction/poetry for over 30 years. She is a lifelong lover of story who incorporates folklore, myth and faerie lore into her writing, workshops/courses, and storytelling performances. She holds master's degrees in library science/technology and English literature/composition, and an MFA in creative writing. This modern-day minstrel unites song and story in delightful images and universal themes. She lives on Avalon Ridge with her husband Ron and their many golden retrievers.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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