Friends enjoy coffee on the Rose Walk

Journey to Joy Women’s Retreats

March 24-26, 2023  |  August 25-27, 2023  |  November 10-12, 2023

Enjoy a weekend of laughter, sharing, worship and fellowship at a Journey to Joy Women’s Retreat at Lake Junaluska. Led by Leigh Young, these retreats offer an opportunity to come together for spiritual renewal. Come on your own and make new friends, or come with members of your small group, women’s group, or friends and family – and friends and family in the faith – to grow closer together.

Journey to Joy Women’s Retreats are offered in partnership with Leigh Young. The retreats take place at Lake Junaluska in the mountains of Western North Carolina, just a short drive from Asheville. Our peaceful lakeside village’s stunning lake and mountain views, comfortable accommodations, and convenient amenities provide a welcoming and soothing setting for renewing old friendships, making new friends and deliberately seeking the godly life that makes our joy complete.

Registration

Register online using the links below or call reservations at 800-222-4930.

Invitation & Welcome

All women seeking joy are invited and welcome to come to Lake Junaluska for a Journey to Joy Women’s Retreat led by Leigh Young.  Leigh will guide retreat participants to remember that God intends for us to lead lives filled with Joy. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

But these words are not just some cheery greeting card platitudes. God knows!
• He knows our pain.
• He knows our relationship challenges.
• He knows our financial setbacks. He knows the deep ache in our hearts.
Jesus assures that “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
So let’s go!
Let’s take a Journey to Joy.

MEET LEIGH YOUNG

The retreat facilitator is Leigh Young, an author, speaker and entrepreneur with a passion for helping women find joy through the Word of God and the God of the Word. Her latest book, Journey to Joy: A Seven-Week Path to the Joyous Life God Intended, takes the reader on a voyage to the “abundant life,” which Jesus promises. Leigh leads local women’s groups in a pre-journey retreat, Lingering at the Trailhead, and multi-week small group studies. For a free sample of the book, email [email protected]. For more information about Leigh, visit www.leighwyoung.com.

Leigh Young

Retreat Themes

Women of the Cross: A Journey to Intimacy with God
March 24-26, 2023

During our Spring retreat, which takes place during Lent, our theme will be “Women of the Cross: A Journey to Intimacy with God.”  The women of Jesus’ life were present at the cross. Who were these women? What was their story? What would pull them so close to Christ despite the danger and horror of a crucifixion? How can we experience this level of intimacy with God? What can we learn from the Women of the Cross? We learn the power of prayer and meditation from Mary, the mother of Jesus. We learn the power of transformation through Christ from Mary of Magdala. We learn the power of worship from Mary of Bethany. We learn the power of service from Mary, the mother of James and Joseph. At this retreat, we also explore the path of another woman of the cross – YOU. Register Online.

Lessons from the Letters: A Journey to the Abundant Life
August 25-27, 2023

During our summer retreat, our theme will be “Lessons from the Letters: A Journey to the Abundant Life.” This Bible study explores the letters which Jesus wrote to seven actual congregations revealing the path to the abundant life. These letters, found in the opening chapters of the book of Revelation, are a gift of hope and peace as Jesus shows us ways to live our best life. Although written centuries ago, these truths are as relevant to us today as they were to the early believers. We will “journey” to those cities and explore the Lessons from these letters, and it will be a joyful and worshipful adventure! Join us for a FUN Lessons from the Letters Women’s Weekend! Register Online.

Journey to Joy: A Fresh Look
November 10-12, 2023

Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” God knows our pain, our relationship challenges, our financial setbacks, and the deep ache in our hearts. Although Jesus tells us, “in this world, you will have trouble,” He assures us that we can “take heart,” for He has overcome the world. Come join us on this new experience and fresh look at these passages as we dig deeper to claim the promises of the abundant life filled with the joy of the Lord. Register Online.

Journey to Joy 2021 Retreat

SAMPLE RETREAT SCHEDULE

Walkers enjoy the Rose Walk
Friday

4 p.m. |  Session I 
5:30 p.m. |  Reception
6 p.m. | Dinner
7:30 p.m. | Session II
9 p.m. |  Reception

Two rocking chairs sitting on the porch of The Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska
Saturday
Morning

8 a.m. | Breakfast and Quiet Time
9 a.m. | Session III
10:15 a.m. | Break
10:30 a.m. | Session IV
Noon | Lunch
Quiet Time with the Lord
Explore the Lake
Fellowship with Sisters

The light of the cross shines on a beautiful evening at Lake Junaluska
Saturday
Afternoon & Evening

3 p.m. | Session V
4:15 p.m. | Break
4:30 p.m | Session VI
5:30 p.m. | Reception
6 p.m. | Dinner
7:15 p.m. | Session VII
9 p.m. | Reception

Walking Trail in Spring
Sunday

8 a.m. | Breakfast and Quiet Time
9 a.m. | Session VIII
11 a.m. | Closing

Accommodations & Pricing

Journey to Joy retreat packages include:
  • All retreat sessions
  • Two nights of lodging at historic Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska
  • Five meals (from dinner on the first night through breakfast on the last morning)

Package pricing ranges from $296 per person with four people sharing a room to $475 per person for a single occupancy room.

Registration

Register online at the links below. For assistance, contact the Lake Junaluska reservations team at [email protected] or 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Built in 1921, Lake Junaluska’s “stately lady” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A renovation in 2018 added modern conveniences while preserving the inn’s historic details and atmosphere. Stroll through the gardens to nearby Inspiration Point to watch the sunset over the lake and mountains.

Testimonials

“We sooo enjoyed the weekend with you! I took home a new perspective on living above a circumstance in my life that isn’t going to change or at least veerryy slowly, but know nothing is impossible with God.”
–PL, 2022 retreat participant

“I also enjoyed the weekend so very much! I am so grateful for what I took from the retreat! You were amazing and so were the other women I encountered! Hearing their stories really put things in perspective for me.”
–BH, 2022 retreat participant

“Prayer is the only answer. Every morning during my devotion I pray for you and your ministry. God is using you to touch women and bring back the Joy in their lives. l am blessed to be one of those women.”
–LA, 2022 retreat participant

 

“You have the talent to tell a story using real-life examples with a flavor of humor. It Is like putting a puzzle together.”
–AK, 2022 retreat participant

“Meeting new people God set us together with women of common issues.”
–2022 retreat participant

“I am not a “churchy” person, but I have learned much from digging into the scripture. This study has changed my life.”
–Kerri, 2021 retreat participant