Soul Care Retreat FAQs and Logistics



We are fortunate to be able to gather in Hot Springs, NC just steps away from the Appalachian Trail, the second oldest river in the world - the French Broad River, and world famous hot springs and spa. Hot Springs is a remote little town about 40 minutes from Asheville, NC famous for it’s bed and breakfasts, hiking, biking, rafting, and soaking in world class hot springs. So let’s make sure to get you set up with a private affordable tub or a massage at the spa well in advance! Let us know if you are flying into Asheville and we can help make sure you have a shuttle or ride down to Hot Springs! We are more than happy to help make sure your trip to the Lodge is safe and uneventful.


Laughing Heart Lodge in Hot Springs, NC, is a wonderful facility for retreats, and a great place for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of our surrounding sacred mountains in their small, quaint mountain town. We are excited to host this retreat at Laughing Heart and appreciate the wide variety of lodging they offer on property, allowing greater access to this retreat! Booking and payment for lodging is done directly with Laughing Heart. Just tell them you are with the Soul Care retreat checking in July 5-7th, 2019!

The lodge was built in 1892 and, for over 50 years, was a Jesuit Retreat Center. Today, Laughing Heart Lodge offers accommodations in its 7 lovingly renovated rooms (all with private baths) with exceptional mountain views or lovely forest views. Each of these rooms can be made up to have either one king bed or two twin beds and they range from $140 to $168 per night.

At the edge of our 8 acres, Laughing Heart Hostel (located at the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail) includes very affordable lodging. Next to the Hostel is our cabin with a loft bedroom, available to individual guests. Rates in the hostel are $20 in the bunk room, $35 single occupancy in a private room, $25 semi-private, and $50 double occupancy in a private room (subject to change). You will find the hostel to be well maintained, nicely furnished and clean. To make reservations:

Call: 828-622-0165

It is also possible to camp at the Hot Springs Camp Ground and Spa which is about a 10 minute walk from Laughing Heart Lodge.



For any questions about this retreat please feel free call or email us anytime. We’re happy to work with you to make this possible and accessible for your life circumstances. A limited number of work study positions exist as well as some partial scholarships to help make this accessible to people who might not be able to afford the full price of the retreat. If you feel called to help make this happen, donations are welcomed and appreciated. You can donate here.

Contact: Holly Roach Knight - - 828-357-7147


Breakfast is complimentary at the Laughing Heart if you are staying there. The cost of registration will cover lunch, tea, and the evening meal starting with dinner Friday evening and concluding with lunch on Sunday, as well as materials and facilitation.


SCHEDULE  (subject to changes):

4-7pm: Arrival
7:30pm: Dinner
8:30pm: Session 1: Centering Session & Identifying Questions for the Weekend (60 mins)
9:30pm: Soul Time
7-8am: Yoga with Ana
8-9am: Breakfast
9:15am: Session 2 (75 mins)
10:30am: Break
11:15am: Session 3 (75 mins)
12:30pm: Lunch
2pm: Session 4 (90 mins)
3:30pm: Soul Time
4:30pm: Afternoon Tea
5:30pm: Session 5 (120 mins)
7:30pm: Dinner
8:30pm: Session 6 (60 mins)
9:30pm: Soul Time
7-8am: Yoga with Ana
8-9am: Breakfast
9:15am: Session 7 (75 mins)
10:30am: Break
11:15am: Session 8: Closing Questions & Centering for Departure  (75 mins)
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Departures