Land at Retreat Center

The Land

We love this land and feel very supported and held here on Peach Mountain, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We are dedicated to doing our part to appreciate and protect this segment of the Northeastern Deciduous Forest.

The beauty of the trees along the ridges and the rock formations in the ravines are only rivaled by the swaying meadow grasses and inviting, sloping fields.  The sound of trickling water down the ravine's rocky walls provides a serene atmosphere that brings out the poet in us.  Two ponds offer the opportunity to thoughtfully gaze and become lost in the quiet.  Walking trails provide comfortable access to nature's wonder where deer and wild turkey are frequently sighted.  The chirping and singing of the many species of birds are a vital part of the panorama of wild flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses.

A labyrinth, meditation circle and outdoor fire pit in the lower meadow as well as guided hikes into the ravine, offer many opportunities to learn from nature and to honor the land.

We are less than a half hour from Serpent Mount - the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States.  Nearly a quarter of a mile long, Serpent Mound represents an uncoiling serpent.  Our connections to the ancient land dwellers from this area feel very strong.  Many who come here build in a visit to this ancient mound.

Hope Springs has committed 100 of its 130 acres - with 99 acres of trees and two meadows - to the wild things.  We will build no permanent human structure on this part of our land.