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A Tour of Cedar Cross

Cedar Cross driveway sign Look for the green sign to tell you that you've arrived at the entrance to Cedar Cross.
Cedar Cross entrance sign A sign at the edge of the Cedar Cross property lets you know you're on the right track.
Fall foliage on the lane
A winding lane through the forest leads you from the everyday world into the peaceful enclave that is Cedar Cross. Retreatants are encouraged to turn off the radio and welcome the quiet.
A half mile down the lane, the Lodge welcomes you to your retreat.
The Lodge's living room provides cozy meeting space.
The Lodge's dining room seats up to 16 people.
Windows of lodge dining room Large windows in the dining room frame lovely views of trees and sky during meals at the Lodge.
The Art Studio is often used by groups and individuals on retreat. The upstairs Garden Loft can accomodate small group gatherings and overnight personal retreats.
artstudiowindows Windows brighten the art studio and garden loft with natural light, and provide passive solar warmth in winter.
Resident artist Margaret Hilpert (foreground) is available to lead gentle art activities that enhance spiritual growth.
The Gift Shop contains art work for sale, as well as booklets, notecards, t-shirts, and other items.
A special area in the art studio is set aside for the use of individual retreatants, complete with materials and suggestions.
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The Sunny Garden provides respite behind the Studio/Garden Loft.
Flowers light up the Cedar Cross grounds in spring and summer.
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Arch in autumn
This archway, with the Cedar Cross logo in stained glass, was given in honor of two special friends who were married here. It leads to the Garden Pool beyond.
Our 10th reunion celebration was held by the Garden Pool in September 2008.
A swing in the shade of dogwoods on the Village Green provides a pleasant resting place on a warm day. The grounds and buildings at Cedar Cross are full of lovely places to sit and think, or pray, or just be.
Sourwood Hillside slopes beside WoodSong Cottage.
A labyrinth for meditative walking is situated in the woods and is outlined with cedar logs.
Four miles of well-maintained trails, including the Moss Trail, are available to retreatants year-round. Snow is a rare treat in our part of North Carolina.
The New Field in fall. Over the years, Cedar Cross' land area has been expanded as adjoining farm- and forest-land has been put up for sale.
North Pond
Heron's Nest cottage Heron's Nest, built primarily for 1-3 persons on retreat, overlooks Spirit Pond. It can also be used as overflow for group retreats or for private space for a group's retreat leader.
The living room at Heron's Nest is a cozy spot throughout the year. All interior walls are paneled with rough sawn Cedar Cross pine boards planked on site.
The kitchen at Heron's Nest is fully equipped for basic cooking.
Inspired by the Stations of the Cross, the "Way of Jesus" at Cedar Cross provides a 14-station walk through Jesus' entire ministry. Each station represents an aspect of Jesus' life and teachings. Written guides are available.
Mission Group members gather at Cedar Cross for a 24-hour retreat each month to plan, enjoy the beauty, worship, play, eat and of course, work! This is Mac Hulslander staining the well house.
A typical walk at Cedar Cross provides a view such as this one, with a sign pointing the way.
At the end of your walk, or to begin a new day, perhaps you'll be drawn to the lodge's screened-in porch for a period of quiet. All is well.

 

 

Updated: November 2015