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Friday September 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
Sunday September 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Blowing Rock Conference Center, North Carolina 
1818 Goforth Road
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

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The Place I Belong:

Return to the Self in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Three-Day Retreat with Ami Chen Mills-Naim and CSC Staff

September 28-30, 2012

Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC

The Center for Sustainable Change invites you to visit the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and join us for a three-day retreat focused on the Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought.

Any life in this world presents endless opportunities for pain and pleasure, distraction and suffering—and also the great opportunity to discover irrevocable peace, wisdom, compassion and freedom, within.

Ami Chen

Facilitated by Ami Chen Mills-Naim, author of The Spark Inside and host of the internet radio show, “On the Front Porch with Ami Chen,” along with CSC staff and volunteers, this retreat presents an opportunity to engage in group discussion and have plenty of time for rest and personal reflection over a long weekend.

Autumn leaves will be starting to turn in the mountains. Old habits of thought and identity present themselves in flaming, living color … a temporary costume! Can we see leaves for what they are, and then, with the powerful winds of grace, lose them, loose them—back into the ground from where they came?

We meet together for a re-union … of the self with the Self.

(Please Note: CSC Project Partners and Scholarship recipients require pre-approval before registering. See below for more information.)


About Ami Chen Mills-Naim

CSC Education Director Ami Chen has 15 years of experience teaching the Principles in a wide range of settings, including schools, communities, social services and families. She is the co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Change and its former co-director.

More Information

The retreat price is all inclusive and covers:

  • three days at the Blowing Rock Conference Center with access to quiet indoor spaces and grounds during the colorful autumn season.  
  • workshops with Ami Chen and CSC staff
  • two nights accommodation in single or shared rooms (Friday & Saturday)
  • all meals - including lunch on the day of arrival and lunch on the day of departure
  • NEW! includes Yoga sessions in your free time 

We begin on Friday at 12:00 noon with lunch. The first workshop begins at 2 pm Friday, and we finish on Sunday at 4 pm.

All-inclusive Retreat pricing

Per/person, single room-  $595;  EARLY BIRD RATE - $495

Per/person, shared double room $ 515 - EARLY BIRD RATE - $415

NEW!!!  EXTENDED EARLY BIRD RATE  is in effect until AUGUST 31st.                 Book early, space is limited!

Hold your space by paying a deposit of $95 now. If you register by August 31st, and pay off the balance by September 15th, you will receive the EARLY BIRD RATE.

Registration closes on, and all registration fees must be paid no later than, September 24th, 2012.

Applying for a Scholarship

CSC has a limited number of partial scholarships. To apply for a partial scholarship, email and tell us who you are and why you require a scholarship to attend the retreat. (Do not proceed to registration until you have been approved in writing.)

Registering as a CSC Project Partner

CSC may be able to provide some financial support to our Project Partners. To apply as a CSC Project Partner, email with your name, contact information, project site, and reason for wanting to attend the retreat. If you aren't sure if you are a CSC Project Partner, contact us first. (Do not proceed to registration until you have been approved for support in writing.)

Reserve your space with only a $95 deposit

Register Now! 

Donations for Scholarships

If you would like to make a donation towards a scholarship, please click here. It is always our intent to serve those who cannot otherwise attend due to financial barriers. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Refund Policy

  • If written notice of registration cancellation is received on or before September 2, 2012, a full refund of all deposit and registration fees paid will be issued to the registrant.
  •  If written notice of registration cancellation is received after September 2, 2012, a refund of all deposit and registration fees paid less a $95.00 cancellation fee will be issued to the registrant.
  • If registration cancellation is received after September 24, 2012, no refund of deposit and registration fees paid will be issued to the registrant.

Getting to Blowing Rock Conference Center

Driving: Situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Blowing Rock Conference Center (BRCC) is 1-1/2 hours drive from Charlotte, North Carolina. Click on the link for driving directions: 

Riding in the CSC van: For those participants who require transportation from Charlotte airport/city to BRCC, the CSC team will be arranging to drive one van on Friday morning, to depart no later than 10 am. Please note that there will be an additional fee for this service, and spaces will be limited. We are trying to arrange the most economical means possible!

Carpooling: If you are driving and would like to offer a ride to another participant(s), please contact CSC. If you would like to get a ride with another participant, contact CSC. Simply email us at or call us at 650-424-0705. The more notice you give us the more likely we will be able to help you.

Hickory Hop bus: For those who wish to make their own transportation arrangements, there is a shuttle service called the Hickory Hop that runs from the  Charlotte Airport to the town of Blowing Rock. Cost is $70 one way; $120 round trip. Reservations are required. For information, visit You will need to call BRCC (828-295-7813) to arrange pick up in Blowing Rock town because the Conference Center is too far to walk.


Blowing Rock Conference Center


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