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

$223 Onsite   •  $ 210 Commuter

Adult women of all ages will gain fresh vision and strength in the beauty of the mountains. Bring a group to deepen fellowship with women you know, or come alone to find kindred spirits among women from across the southeast. Bible study and creative worship will focus on God's promise in transition times. How do we move from one season to another without fear or regret? Where does Jesus offer JOY at every stage? Thoughtful reflection + Laughter and fun make for a wonderful retreat.

Become a Wild Woman at Lutheridge!


Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28, 2019  •  Onsite: $310; Commuter: $210

Give creativity larger space in your life. Explore the FRUITS of the SPIRIT through music, words, paint, movement, fabric, drums, paper, clay and more! Inspiring Bible study by NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith and creative worship are highlights of the retreat. Learn from artists excited to share their skills with you. No experience is needed! Let GOD create in 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 • Onsite $265; Commuter $215
February 28-March 1, 2020 • Onsite $265; Commuter $215

Two opportunities for individual ringers or entire choirs to gain skills for their home ministries. Renowned clinicians share skills and inspiration. Choirs will leave with pieces that can be used in their own congregation.


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.

 faith-based learning for a community of active adults 

Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28, 2019  • $249   50FORWARD BACKPACK REGISTRATION

An adventure designed for those 50+. Includes 2 days of hiking on beautiful trails and 2 nights camping – plus 1 overnight at camp. Here’s a chance to enjoy nature at its finest with folks your own age. Beginners welcome. Some equipment required. (See for packing list and description of the trail). Finish the expedition with a celebration meal. Plus a toast and a soak in natural hot springs.

See for packing list and description of the trail.


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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Lutheridge is part of a family of locations for Camps, Conferences and Retreat Rentals managed by NovusWay Ministries and supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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