Academic Writing Retreat - FAQs

For over 30 years, Earthshine Lodge has been offering exceptional outdoor education programs, vacations, and retreats. We provide a unique and inspiring environment for retreats. Our rustic lodge is comfortable and cozy with large stone fireplaces and incomparable views. 

Staying in the lodge is a one-of-a-kind experience and guests have been vacationing at Earthshine for the past 30 years. Built in 1990 from original wood on the property, the lodge has all the architectural elements that you would expect from a rustic mountain lodge – stone fireplaces, antler chandeliers, creaky wood floors, rocking chairs, and two large decks with mountain views for miles.

Located in beautiful Lake Toxaway, only a short drive from Asheville and Brevard, Earthshine Lodge is more than just a place to stay. The 76-acre property is ideally located near Pisgah National Forest, Gorges State Park, Nantahala National Forest and Dupont State Forest, offering access to all that western North Carolina has to offer!

Three days of quiet time with a small group of dedicated colleagues centered around immersing yourself in your research and writing. Meals, snacks, and beverages are provided on a flexible schedule so that you do not have to interrupt your writing progress until you are ready. Your room is your writing sanctuary, with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Forests surrounding the lodge or you can set up at communal tables in the common areas of the lodge.

This retreat is geared towards faculty from any college or university and in any field of study. While the goal of this time is to focus on your own writing, there will be optional opportunities to network with faculty from other institutions and other backgrounds. 

This three day immersive writing retreat includes dedicated writing time, professional workshops, and opportunities to connect with a supportive faculty community. This is your time – the itinerary is optional  and time spent in break-outs or time spent with other writers is by choice.  Here is a link to a .pdf with the full retreat schedule

Yes, if you have a colleague(s) that you would like to share a room with, the rate is retreat rate is $450 per person. Each room has a queen bed and two twin beds. For this retreat, we ask that you do not book a shared room rate if you do not plan to attend with a colleague. Due to Covid-19 concerns, we will not assign shared rooms to attendees who are not traveling together. 

No. This retreat is focused on you and designed to create a quiet space for writing. We don’t want them missing out on the fun though! Your family is more than welcome to join you at the lodge after the retreat for a weekend full of adventure at Earthshine Lodge. Once you book, you will receive a packet of information for your stay, including a coupon code for 20% off for the following weekend.

While we love our furry friends, they are not allowed in the main lodge. They are allowed in our cottage units so please contact us if you would be interested in booking a cottage room as part of the retreat. 

Of course! It is a great opportunity to try some of our weekend activities (hike with a llama anyone?) or explore some of the amazing waterfall hikes in the area. Similar to the above question about family members, if you decide you would like to stay an extra day, please let us know as soon as possible so that we do not book your room for the following weekend. You can use your 20% off coupon that you receive in your welcome packet to extend your stay. 

A full refund will be offered up until two weeks before the retreat (minus a 3% booking fee). However, we want to ensure that people do not travel if they are feeling sick or have potentially been in contact with someone carrying Covid-19. If you need to cancel last minute due to covid-19 concerns, we will offer you a credit for your retreat reservation that can be used in the future towards anything at Earthshine Lodge. 

You’ll stay in a private room in our 8-room vacation lodge.
Each room has a comfortable queen bed as well as a private bathroom. Each room has a loft with two twin beds and a small deck overlooking our 76-acre property. Linens and towels are provided along with a cozy Beacon Blanket (trust us – they are wonderful!).

Yes and yes. Please let us know at least two weeks before you arrive
if you have a food allergy or special dietary needs. 

Yes, we have Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that we’re at an elevation of 3,000
feet on top of a mountain, so internet is limited to web browsing
and email. It will not support streaming or video meetings. Most
guests are able to get cell service depending on the carrier.

Earthshine’s property isn’t just a quiet getaway, it’s an awesome place to explore and play! Several miles of trails on the property lead to amazing views or a peaceful creek. Spend an hour or two fishing for brim or catching bullfrog tadpoles at our pond. Play games (we’re currently BYOBG: bring your own board game) in the lodge or on one of our decks while soaking up mountain views from one of our decks. Or sign up for one of our weekend activities, like a llama hike, Blacksmithing & brews, Wilderness Skills, Nature Art, or Paint and Wine. 

As far as local activities…where do we start? This is western North Carolina and the hype you’ve heard is all true…and Earthshine is so close to all it has to offer! First of all: waterfalls. This area is home to over 250 waterfalls! There’s hiking for all ages and abilities at nearby Panthertown Valley, Gorges State Park, Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, and Dupont State Forest. Visitors from all over the world come to this area to mountain bike on Pisgah and Dupont trails and, if you just want to give mountain biking a try, there’s some great beginner trails and gravel roads. We’re close to several gorgeous rivers and the nearby French Broad River is a great place for a tube or a beginning paddle trip. The legendary Davidson River is well-known for its fly fishing and Headwater Outfitters, right down the road from us, offers amazing guided trips. Rest your legs and just soak in views as you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or check out some nearby mountain towns. Asheville, Brevard and Highlands all have their own flavor, whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur or a retail adventurer (i.e., shopping enthusiast). Earthshine is close to it all!

Of course, there’s TONS more to explore and our staff will happily share our local knowledge to get you on your dream adventure.

Masks are currently required in North Carolina per Governor Roy Cooper’s order. We ask all guests to wear a face covering in shared indoor and covered spaces, including hallways, dining rooms (upstairs and downstairs), the gift shop and the covered deck.

Exceptions to mask wearing include: while eating or drinking, spending time in your room, walking around the property, and relaxing in our outdoor spaces.

Individuals who qualify for an exemption from North Carolina’s mask requirement will not be asked to cover their faces. Please let us know if this applies to you.