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Eagle’s Nest Family Retreats 2020:


Eagle’s Nest is excited to bring you to Hart Road this summer!

Have you ever dropped off your child at camp and wished you could stay or dreamed about returning to Eagle’s Nest as an adult? Now is your chance! We have been eager to be creative in continuing to meet our mission of connecting people with nature and their best selves, so we are excited to offer Family Retreats at Eagle’s Nest in July and August! We are hopeful that we’ll be able to bring you to Hart Road for this unique opportunity to connect to what you love about Eagle’s Nest – simplicity, meaningful relationships, magic, joy  – and give us the opportunity to further our mission as a non-profit educational organization.

In keeping with our mission and efforts to be supportive and inclusive of our community, Eagle’s Nest donors have established a Family Retreat Financial Aid Fund specifically for people of color, American indigenous people, staff who are first responders to the pandemic, educators, and families experiencing financial hardship. .

This financial aid will support the attendance of several families at full or partial fees coverage. To inquire and apply, please email Paige Lester-Niles at Please also share this opportunity with those that you feel would benefit from it.

What will the Family Retreats look like and include? Rustic, simple, special, starry…You and your “family” of up to 10 people will have your own cabin, sleep in camp beds and have access to the trails and campus. Eagle’s Nest will provide breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and snacks (and maybe even Cho Chos). You will be responsible for your own dinner and can choose to support locals by picking up food or eating at an array of wonderful restaurants in Brevard, Hendersonville or Asheville. Since we will still need to maintain physical distance, you will not be eating in the Dining Hall; we will deliver food to you and you can picnic somewhere on campus.

What are the accommodations? Your family will have your own cabin. Each cabin has its own bathroom with two showers, sinks and toilets, a small porch or deck area, a smaller separated area where counselors typically stay, large screens to let the mountain breezes follow through, and plenty of character!

Will there be a cookout, square dancing, lots of hugging, hand holding and socializing with other cabins? Unfortunately, we will need to practice physical distancing and adhere to guidelines to help keep us healthy. We will be able to see each other and gather in safe distances, but we will need to keep to our cabin groups.

Will there be activities? The athletic field, tennis and basketball courts will all be open for your use. To connect with nature you can also spend time working in the garden, hiking on the trails, fishing and canoeing in the lake. We hope to offer some classic arts and crafts and yoga classes. We’ll have some evening campfires, firefly chasing and s’mores! Eagle’s Nest is also a terrific base camp for exploring the area. We will provide information and resources for hiking, biking and other adventures in DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest and our surrounding natural spaces and local activities (waterfalls, beautiful vistas, the Arboretum, local breweries and more).

Will there be supervised activities for my children? No. Eagle’s Nest will not be supervising activities for your children. You will need to be fully responsible for them while you are on campus.

Can you bring food, alcoholic beverages and pets? Yes, you can bring food, and yes, if you are at least 21-years-old, you can bring alcohol. There will be some guidelines for places that you can consume each, and we will ask you to keep food in your car as much as possible to keep critters away. Unfortunately, you’ll need to leave your four legged friends, fish, snakes, hermit crabs, and other pets at home.

How long will the retreats last and what are the dates? Each retreat lasts for 4 nights and 5 days, starts on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 and ends on Monday morning at 11:00. There are five sessions for the retreats:

    • July 9 – July 13

    • July 16 – July 20

    • July 23 – July 27

    • July 30 – August 3

    • August 6 – August 10

How much does the retreat cost? The fee for each retreat is $1400 for five days and four nights for a cabin of 5 people ($350/ night). For additional people of up to 10 total per cabin there is an additional $50 per person fee. We will consider shorter stays. Reservations for the full 4 nights will have first priority.

How Can I sign up?!!! Follow this link to our CampDoc portal where you will register your intent to participate. You’ll be asked to give your preference for your top three retreat sessions. If you are only available for one or two of the choices, you can also indicate that. You will not need to pay a deposit at the time of registration. If we receive enough registrations, we will send you a confirmation, invoice, and other important information about how to prepare and what to expect.

What are some of the COVID-19 considerations? Your well-being and the health of our community is very important to us. You are required to review our health and safety recommendations before arriving on campus.

We will follow all North Carolina and Transylvania County regulations. Be aware regulations have and may continue to change with little notice; we may need to change our protocols accordingly. Family Retreat attendees should self monitor for symptoms 14 days prior to arrival and check their temperature daily 7 days prior to arrival. We also urge you to be tested five days and then self-isolate prior to arrival, if you are able. Eagle’s Nest staff will be screened daily and will be quarantined and tested if they develop COVID-like symptoms. Any retreat participants exhibiting COVID-like symptoms during their stay will be required to leave along with their cabin unit.

Cabins and community spaces will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly by Eagle’s Nest staff between retreats according to health guidance. Families should clean and disinfect their cabin during their stay, just as the campers do! If guests exhibit COVID-like symptoms within 14 days on either side of their stay with us, they must report them to Eagle’s Nest. Eagle’s Nest will notify all retreat attendees should any guest or staff member have a positive test result or show symptoms within 14 days of retreat attendance.

We ask that all families bring their own masks or face coverings, and personal supplies of hand sanitizer to carry at all times. Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer is requested. Additionally, we ask that each family bring their own first aid kit including a thermometer for daily temperature checks. Masks will only need to be worn inside of community buildings or when maintaining 6 feet of distance outside is not possible. Eagle’s Nest staff will not be serving in any medical capacity. Families are asked to attend to their own first aid needs using their own supplies. In the event of an emergency ENF staff will assist with contacting emergency services for your family.

We have taken reasonable additional measures in an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19 for Family Retreats and our community. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. An inherent risk* of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present. While any person is at risk of potential exposure, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • By coming to Family Retreats you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and any other communicable disease.

*An inherent risk is a risk that cannot be eliminated.

What are additional rules or expectations I should be aware of? Family Retreats are self guided experiences. You will be responsible for your own safety and program while you are here. You are responsible for supervising your children. Smoking,vaping, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia are not allowed on campus. Guests will receive additional information about rules, expectations and how to prepare for the retreat at the time of confirmation. We will also provide a short orientation when guests arrive.

Is Eagle’s Nest definitely running Family Retreats? We’ve learned that nothing is certain right now. We will need to have at least 44 cabins reserved over the summer in order for this opportunity to be financially feasible for us. We also know that even though current guidelines allow us to open for retreats, those guidelines may change or there may be other reasons that preclude us from being able to run.

Will I receive a refund if I have to cancel or Eagle’s Nest has to cancel? Yes. We hope to be able to provide a retreat for you, but we may not be able to. If we need to cancel for any reason, or you need to cancel because you are sick, feeling sick or have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus leading up to the retreat, we will refund your fees paid minus $50 for registration processing fees.

Are you excited? We are! Do you have friends that will be excited? Let them know about this opportunity! Do you have questions? Email Paige at