Adults and families need Christian community too. Our program directors are nationally known for the quality of programming that they provide and for the quality of study leaders and clinicians they bring in from nationally known musicians to bishops of the church. Adults are given time to just unwind, but also time to deepen friendships and focus on the things that are most important in their lives. Families grow in faith together and make memories that they will carry with them forever.

Adventures and growth in faith aren't just for kids anymore. Adults are seeking adventure and the development of new skills. Adults also seek to grow in their relationships with one another while unwinding from the stress and demands of daily life.

Programs for those aged 50+ are receiving special attention as our churches are seeing growth in this demographic group.

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February 7-9, 2020
February 14-16, 2020
March 6-8, 2020 
March 13-15, 2020

March 20-22, 2020
$229 Onsite  •  $ 179 Commuter

Become a Wild woman at Lutheridge! Gain a fresh vision and new strength with adult women of all ages in the beauty of the mountains. Bible study and creative worship will focus on who Jesus is for us as women today. Thoughtful reflection and laughter and FUN make for a wonderful retreat.

Bring a group of women from your congregation to deepen your fellowship. Come on your own to discover kindred spirits among women from across the southeast.

Become a Wild Woman at Lutheridge!


April 16-19, 2020
Double Room: $319; Single Room: $379 Commuter: $259

Let God create in YOU and give creativity larger space in your life. Join a community to explore faith through music, words, paint, movement, fabric, drums, paper, clay and more. No experience necessary! 

This year we will explore Creating Out Of Chaos – Noah and the Flood through creative worship and inspiring Bible study by seminary professor Mary Sue Drier. Learn from artists and friends excited to share their skills and inspiration with you.  


September 26-29, 2019 •  Onsite $267; Commuter $207

Join designer and teacher Mitzie Schafer for a weekend of stitching fun. Bring your own project and “quilt ‘til you wilt”!  Mitzie, a rostered ELCA Deacon, will provide daily devotions, and offer a lecture on Quilt Yoga – as well as being available to offer help with all your quilting projects. Find out more about Mitzie at The retreat includes delicious food and a lovely setting, plus a Trunk Show, Show & Tell, optional field trips to fabric stores, and/or the annual Asheville Quilt Show – which will be happening right down the street. Both men and women are welcome to attend. Bring friends and make new ones! 


October 18 -20, 2019 • $230    50FORWARDLIFE LIVING WELL REGISTRATION

Gather with others 50+ to find inspiration and information for Living Well in the late career/early retirement years. Engaging speakers, informative workshops, optional outings, and activities explore this year's theme: FACE to FACE - Finding Community. Creative worship, storytelling, delightful entertainment and great food make for a wonderful weekend in the midst of fall color in the mountains. *See for presenters and schedule.

Keynote Susan Pinker's book The Village Effect explores how in-person social interactions are necessary for human happiness, but also a key to health and longevity. Explore ways to expand rather than lose community at this stage of life. 

50ForwardLife is a faith-based learning community of active adults created through program offerings geared to the late career/early retirement stage of life. LIVING WELL is an annual conference for people 50 and older that focuses on a topic of specific interest. See for retreat details!  

What a great value! $230/person registration includes all workshops, keynote and devotional times; two nights’ lodging; three meals on Saturday; breakfast on Sunday and much more!  

For more information visit:  50Forward Life


February 21-23, 2020
February 28-March 1, 2020 
Onsite $265; Commuter $215

Ring out a joyful noise to God at a Lutheridge handbell weekend. Individual ringers and entire choirs will gain skills to bring home to their congregations. Renowned clinicians share skills and inspiration. Choirs will leave with pieces ready to be shared with their own congregations. Choose from intermediate or advanced ringer tracks for each weekend. 

Weekend 1 - February 21-23, 2020

  • Jason Krug, Advanced Track:
    To Hear the Angels Ring, Brian Childers. L3, 3-6 oct. BEHB646
    Be Still My Soul, Alex Guebert. L5, 4-7 oct. JHS570
    Eternal, Jason Krug. L3, 3-6 oct. BEHB629
    All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, Brian Childers. L4, 3-6 oct. AP44598
    De Profundis, Jason Krug. L4, 4-7 oct. BEHB523
    The First Noel, Cathy Moklebust. L3+, 3-7 oct. JHS9480

  • David Vandermeer, Intermediate Track:

    Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus – arr. Cathy Moklebust, Choristers Guild CGB569 - L2
    Angels We Have Heard on High - arr. Sandra Eithun, Alfred Publishing Co. #25337 – L3
    Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley – arr. Sandra Eithun, Agape #2866 - L3-
    Jubilation – Fred Gramann, Choristers Guild CBG833 - L2+
    Glorious Spirit – arr. Cathy Moklebust, Choristers Guild CGB966 – L3
    Just a Closer Walk with Thee -  arr. Bruce Greer, Ringing World Publications RW8211 - L3

Weekend 2 - February 28- March 1, 2020

  • Tammy Waldrop, Advanced Track:

    On Christmas Day in the Morning(arr. Tammy Waldrop, Hope 2770 L3+)
    The Huron Carol (arr. Jason Krug, Alfred 44604 L 3)
    O Happy Day (arr. Tammy Waldrop, Alfred 47704 L3)
    Rondo Giacoso (Derek Hayes, Choristsers Guild CGB680 L 3+)
    Psalm 24 (Sandra Eithun, AGEHR 36053 L 3)
    He Never Said a Mumblin' Word(arr. Arnold Sherman, Hope #1844 L3)

  • Sandra Eithun, Intermediate Track:

    Soul Adorn Yourself with Gladness (Sandra Eithun, Concordia Publishing L 2+)
    Clarion Call (Michael Joy, Choristers Guild, L 2+)
    In This Very Room (Tammy Waldrop, Alfred Publishing L 3)
    Go To Dark Gethsemane (Mitchell Eithun, Concordia Publishing L 2)
    Grand Chorus (Joel Raney, Hope Publishing L 2)
    Bring a Torch Jeannette, Isabella (Sandra Eithun, Choristers Guild, L 3-)


August 23-25, 2019 • Single Room $340; Double Room $240
January 17-19, 2020 • Single Room $340; Double Room $240


A retreat for Congregational Councils, serving on a church council should be the high point of a person's service to the church and should be seen as an honor and calling. Instead, too often, it is approached as an obligation and burden. The problem in many congregations is intentionality for effective leadership has not been considered and too often the group gets bogged down in the minutia when they should be focusing on the strategic plan and the future. There is a better way forward and this guided retreat will lead you there through a combination of group presentations and individual council time. Space is limited to 6 church councils.

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September 12-15, 2019 • $249 per person

This is an adventure for those 50+. Join Pastor Tim Canniff-Kuhn for a paddle down the French Broad River. No experience is needed. The section that we'll paddle is flat with no rapids and few obstacles. The river winds thru Asheville including the beautiful Biltmore Estate. Spend two nights at Lutheridge and one night camping beside the river. We'll end our time together with a celebration meal. Enjoy great company and awesome beauty in the midst of God's creation.

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March 27 - 29, 2020

Love diving into God's word? Love exploring the flavors of a good craft beer? Want an experience with a community where the two things go together? Join us at Lutheridge for Theology On Tap. Pastors Andrea and Kyle Bates will lead you in Bible study, exploring questions of theology and discovering the ways that discipleship is brewed in us all through the Holy Spirit. The group will also enjoy a sampling of the local breweries in surrounding Asheville, NC, Beer City, USA, and a dinner out at a brewery on Saturday.

Rate includes housing for two nights, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch, and transportation on Saturday night.

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