Join us for our Annual Women’s retreat.  This year we will use the sun, moon and stars as a center line  for exploring ourselves and each other during  our time together.  Through art, astrological chart readings, contemplative practices including yoga, meditation and communing with nature, we will reflect on and build our relationship with these essential elements of life~ the sun, the moon and the stars. 

Our days and nights together will be filled with rest, relaxation, nourishing and balancing meals, contemplative practices and time with each other and in nature in a sacred way.

*This is a special partnership between True Nature and When Women Come To Pray. 

In this Sacred Circle of Women find out what happens When Women Come To Pray. This is a retreat of presence, trust and support to empower women, to uplift our spirits, and to feel the gifts of harmony.

We gather for 4 days and 3 nights in the ancient mountains of North Carolina to share prayers and blessings from all traditions, relish in relaxing and restorative practices, hold each other in all cycles of life and offer prayers to the world.

We have worked hard to plan an incredible weekend itinerary for you. We look forward to spending this deep time with you. We’re thrilled to have Megan Hunt again providing local, fresh, vegan meals for us. Megan loves food and loves to cook and share with others.

We will have a massage therapist available, people sharing astrology and a few of our participants sharing their “gifts” with us.

This is a real opportunity to contemplate and do some restorative work for yourself. So give a moment to think about what you want to get out of the retreat before you arrive. 

This is a simple, accessible and underground way to rebuild the paradigm of our world.

When Women Come to Pray is all-inclusive, non-denominational and anyone who identifies as woman or girl is welcome.

Any questions regarding the venue or the retreat itself please reach out to

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners, starting with dinner on the first day (Friday) and ending with breakfast on the last day (Monday).
  • Guided Contemplative Practices – including yoga, meditation, group circles and movement
  • Prayer. Live Music – Songs & Sing-A-Long from all traditions
  • Fire ceremonies, hiking, art projects
  • Use of yoga room, retreat center facilities
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Guided Hike on the trails at the retreat center
  • Possible excursion to The Light Center and/or Black Mountain  The Light Center


Recently renovated rooms throughout the Guest House provide a variety of options and amenities, from King and Queen Suites, to Double Queens, to Queen Plus, and King Plus rooms. Each renovated room features a minifridge, microwave, flatscreen TV, and wifi. All rooms have a private bath.

Double occupancy with private bathroom.

Guest House Accommodations

Enjoy delicious meals with fresh, lovingly-prepared ingredients. The entire center embodies the sacredness of the land, relaxed kindness, love, and wholeness that seem to permeate this beautiful region.

Luna Ray


Luna is a PSEP (Somatic Experience Practitioner) , and is ERYT-200 Yoga Certified. For over 15 years, Luna has been leading a variety of body-centered classes, sessions, workshops and retreats locally and internationally. She is a musician and international recording artist, has a BA in Community Studies, and is an activist for developing holistic and sustainable community collaboration. Luna recently completed a 50 hour Embodied Social Justice training, and has been consistently engaged in local social justice advocacy work for the past 2 years. Luna has a BA in Community Studies, and is a Co-Founder of True Nature Education ( and The CREER Service Organization (501c3).
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Ellen is a grateful Asheville resident and adept at welcoming people to our blessed area. Here we live an attitude of gratitude with the infused spirit that is present in nature. God is everywhere around!

An avid spiritual warrior/maiden her practices include: Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu & Sikh practices, as well as the 12 Steps way of living. Ellen is a practitioner of bhakti yoga, mantra & chanting for over 13 years, crediting it with transforming parts of her life and has turned to Sanskrit or Sufi kirtan chanting for calming and redirecting the mind. She dabbles and appreciates all spiritual paths. Ellen has traveled around the world, working together and communing with people everywhere, always seeking the spiritual heart of others. She is an event & logistics professional, handling groups from 20-10,000 everywhere around the world.


We will have a massage therapist available and some people sharing astrology for the weekend.

We will also have a few of our participants sharing their “gifts” with us.

The Light Center in Black Mountain click here 

Arrive on Friday  between 4:00pm – 6:00pm. We will commence with dinner at 6:00pm.


  • Journal & pen
  • Yoga mat & cushion. Bring what makes you comfortable.
  • Water bottle
  • If you are providing an “offering activity” please bring your supplies.


  • Comfortable clothes, layers for evening, casual yoga wear, something beautiful for evening & ceremonies.
  • Walking shoes, hiking shoes, and/or river shoes.
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, bug spray
  • Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, shampoo, items that work for you
  • For hiking – fanny pack or small backpack or whatever you prefer
  • Phone charger 
  • Earplugs for sleeping with others

Please be sure to review Our Policies.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There 

Christmount Retreat Center

222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC 28711

To see the Christmount Retreat Center, click here

If you can carpool together that would be great to save parking space (and gas).

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us and let us know how we can help!

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Shared Accommodations – Full Price $750 USD

King Single Accommodations – $1100 USD (3 available)

Queen Single Accommodations – $999 USD (4 available)

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $200 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

If you select Deposit Payment, depending on when you registered, your remaining balance will be processed with your credit card on file on the date indicated on your Confirmation Letter.

**Additional payments can be made at any time through your account up to the final auto payment date.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to and

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