savethe date2015 Women’s Retreat

Finding Beauty in Unexpected Places
October 23-25  |  Valle Crucis Conference Center
146 Skiles Way, Banner Elk, NC

Join us for a weekend of refreshment, worship, and fellowship in the mountains!

Click here to register. Register by October 6 for a chance to win a prize!  We have beautiful coverings for beautiful feet (socks by a crafty Blacknall knitter), a lap quilt by prize-winning quilter Nan Lee and other prizes!  Register online and pay by check made out to Blacknall with Women’s Retreat in memo line.

Click here to download a printable brochure.


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Angie HongAngie Hong is a board-certified music therapist, pianist, vocalist, Menders band member, and songwriter. Lately, in her own words, she’s been “living into the unexpected calling of being a worship leader, specifically focusing on reconciliation in worship.” Check out her website!


Retreat –  $145

Retreat & Quiet Day – $220

Please mail or deliver your check to Blacknall (Attn: Women’s Retreat, 1902 Perry St, Durham, NC 27705). If you would like to request a partial scholarship, please pick up a form in the Blacknall Church Office.

Quiet Day – A structured contemplative day on Thursday, October 22. This optional day will include group scripture readings and guided sessions (incorporating reflections on beauty in creativity, creation and Christ), times of silence and solitude, as well as gathering for vespers and three communal meals.  Most participants will have rooms for the weekend in the Mission House. The Quiet Day begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday and ends after lunch on Friday.  Friday afternoon is free time until the regular retreat begins on Friday late afternoon.  Spots go to the first 25 registrants in the CCB link.  Led by Martha Carlough, Diane Felton, and Nancy Smit.

If you’d like to go up on Thursday and not participate in the Quiet Day, then you would not be included in the meal plan or Quiet Day programs and would make your own arrangements for payment with VCCC attention Wendell Seaver.


Each year, we welcome donations to the scholarship fund for the retreat.  To donate, please mail or deliver a check to Blacknall (Attn: Women’s Retreat, 1902 Perry St, Durham, NC 27705).

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Oct. 23
4:00 p.m.   Registration
6:30 p.m.   Dinner
7:30 p.m.   Opening Session
9:00 p.m.   Meet small groups

Saturday, Oct. 24
8:00 a.m.   Breakfast
9:00 a.m.   Second Session
10:30 a.m.   Solitude/meditation
11:30 a.m.   Small groups
12:30 p.m.   Lunch with small groups
1:30 p.m.    Free time
6:00 p.m.   Dinner
7:00 p.m.   Third session

Sunday, Oct. 25
8:00 a.m.   Breakfast
9:30 a.m.   Worship


Contact: Tana O’Keeffe