Explore Your Spiritual Nature
Transform Your Life

About The Collective

We are a community of spiritual leaders and seekers who wish to help you deepen your own journey

 We help you to develop life long self-sustainable tools to continue your journey long after you begin

Browse and explore our retreat options to find one that excites you and suits your needs.

A one of a kind immersive experience

We offer a unique, intensive, spiritual exploration opportunity.  We hold our gatherings in places where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature to connect with it and to the deeper parts of you that long to be felt and heard in a retreat setting.  We offer delicious food and free time for you to be creative on your own and explore the outdoors at your own pace.

Years of experience in spiritual group work, inner exploration and creative expression

We as partners have decades of experience in spiritual exploration and expression, counseling and therapy, interpersonal group dynamics and group work, holistic practices, and creative expression.  We offer individual consultation for those wishing to go further in depth into healing for a particular personal issue, challenge, or desire. 

Writing As Self Care- June 29-July 1


Join us for our Writing As Self Care Retreat at the Mountain RLC. 


Learn skills and techniques to develop and grow your creative practice through writing. Experienced spiritual facilitators will help you find and develop your writing voice as a method of healing and self care. Learn how to grow and foster the creative force within you and silence the inner critic that inhibits healing and expression.

Experience the transformative power of directed group work and individual creative space.  

Individual consultation available for spiritual and creative direction, counseling, and health and wellness practice to enhance well being.

Weekend Schedule is attached below

Writing as Self Care Schedule Fri-Sun

Writing as Self Care Schedule (docx)


Cost for Writing As Self Care Retreat


Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Scholarships Available- contact us below for info.

Your Writing as Self Care Retreat Leaders

Jennifer Winingder MDiv, STM ,ThD

Jennifer calls herself a student of life and someone with an unrelenting hunger for spiritual growth. She has decades of experience in ministry,education, pastoral counseling, group work, and health and wellness. Her passions are the mind-body-spirit relationship, embodied spirituality, holistic health and wellness, natural, indigenous, and nature based spiritualities, sound healing, and energy healing.

She encourages the creative exploration of the the spirit within the body and in connection to the earth, others and the environment to help others get to know themselves fully and deeply and to find more satisfaction in their relationships with themselves, others, the divine, and  the earth

Jennifer is a certified Level II Reiki practitioner.  

Melanie Bell, CPT, Cert. Yoga Instructor

As Melanie sought her own personal path to find healing and balance, the ancient teachings of yoga found her. Now...that path has led Melanie to you. Melanie believes everyone has their own personal path to yoga. As your yoga guide and teacher...she seeks to bring a joyful practice to you-with asanas, pranayamic breathing, and guided meditation.

Melanie honors the teachings of BKS Iyengar, Sri Krishnamacharya, and Shri K. Pattabhi


Current Certifications-

*R200HCYT Nationally Certified Yoga Teacher

*Bodyworks plus ABs group fitness instructor

*Aqua-Fit Group Fitness Instructor

*CPT Certified Personal Trainer with AAAI

*CPR/AED-SIlver Sneakers

Karen Scheib, PhD, Ellen Shepard, DMin

Karen Scheib, PhD

Karen has decades of experience in the fields of higher education, spiritual development, and group facilitation. She is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  She has published two books, and her third book on Story Care and writing as a spiritual practice, will be published in summer 2018. She served as director of the school’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program for many years. She is also on the faculty of the Emory Center for Ethics. 

Karen's research interests include faith and health, theological and cultural dimensions of crises and trauma, and narrative theory and therapy. She is the author of Challenging Invisibility: Practices of Care with Older Women (Chalice Press, 2004) and Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives (Abingdon Press, 2016), has contributed to several other books, and has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications. 

Ellen Shepard, DMin

The Rev. Dr. S. Ellen Shepard is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Women, Theology, and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology at Emory. She has decades of ministerial experience and in leading spiritual retreats for various groups. 

Her current research includes vocational discernment, women’s studies, Christian spirituality and women’s advocacy. Shepard has written two books and co-authored a third as well as developing curricula for spiritual retreats and workshops.

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Cultivating Wholeheartedness Retreat Sept. 8-10

The Mountain Retreat Learning Center

Beautiful natural scenery and peaceful sanctuary 2 hours from Atlanta. We can find and create these spaces even in the most turbulent and uncertain of times.

An enchanting location with stunning views, miles of  hiking trails, memorial garden, meditation rock, Labyrinth, treehouse, tower and chapel, wonderful organic food, amphitheater. 

Diane McPhail, MA, DMin

Diane brought her artistic, therapeutic, and spiritual expertise to guide us in a transformative heart connection and growth process. 

In front of the Dining Hall- A Signpost promoting peace in 8 languages

Our Group of Spiritual Warriors

Frances, Natalie, Jennifer, Teresa, Lesley, Diane, and  Melanie.  We trusted in each other, in our surroundings, and opened ourselves up to take a deep look inside and uncover the treasures we have buried in there.  We are all stronger than we realize.

Mother Earth was also a leader in our retreat experience

The sacred Smoky Mountains will speak to you and help you ground and connect to our beloved home. They will provide strength and peace in todays turbulent times and our hectic lives.

Melanie Bell

An innovative combined experience of yoga practice, meditation, breathwork, and self care led by Melanie

Jennifer Winingder

The cleansing and healing power of fire brings people together in community. It gives us life, protection, heat. passion. It allows us to release and let go of things that no longer serve us and cleanse us to bring us into the next level of learning and growth.

Drumming connects us in a primal way to the heartbeat of the earth, to each other, and to ourselves.  

Bring outside immersed in nature opens us up to beauty, love, wisdom, and acceptance in ways we can never imagine