The lodge includes two separate sleeping areas for male and female guests. Each area has bunk bed sleeping for 12 people and a small enclosed bedroom with full size bed for chaperones. The beds have mattresses, but guests must bring their own sleeping bags/sheets and pillows. For hosting couples retreats, six of the bunk beds have a full size lower berth and have privacy partitions. There is also a separate bedroom with its own bathroom on the upper level of the lodge. Each of the sleeping areas downstairs includes a bathroom with private shower stalls. Guests must bring their own soaps, shampoos, and towels. The main floor of the lodge includes a large kitchen/dining area and open meeting room. The meeting area is equipped with a dry erase board and TV with dvd player. The kitchen is equipped with light-commercial cooking equipment such as induction cooking surfaces, a convection oven, commercial ice-maker, refrigerator, freezer, griddle, coffee-maker, and pots/pans/cooking utensils. There is a charcoal grill but guests must provide their own charcoal. Guests are responsible for bringing all of their own food and cooking their own meals. We do not provide any plates, cups or napkins and there is no dishwasher. We recommend using disposable plates, cups and utensils. Large covered decks on the rear of both floors make great outdoor meeting areas with beautiful views of Lake Norris on one side and mountains on the other. The Lodge is not equipped with a landline phone. However, certain cell phones (Verizon, US Cellular, Sprint) generally receive coverage upstairs in the Lodge.
The chapel is a beautiful, rustic, open-air pavilion which looks east over Lake Norris. It is 20 feet wide and 32 feet long with bench seating for approximately 50 people. The benches are movable so that they may be arranged like traditional pew rows or in a large circle depending upon the leader's preference.
The Amphitheater is an open seating area which looks west across Lake Norris. The fire pit and sunset views make this site well-suited to evening debriefing sessions. Benches will seat approximately 30 with space for folding chairs if needed.
The Labyrinth and Prayer Paths:
Our classical, seven circuit labyrinth is located in a clearing in the woods. This quiet space provides a very traditional meditation experience. For ideas on using the labyrinth with your group, see our Resources page. A series of paths are being established across the site which include periodic prayer spots. Individuals can walk these paths free to follow the Spirit's leading in prayer or they may be guided in meditation by posting scripture references or other readings.
Although our focus is on spiritual reflection rather than physical activity, the lodge has a ping pong table, foosball table and a variety of board games. Outside the lodge there is a horseshoe pit. When funding is available, we will build a swimming platform on the lake.