Dawn Retreat Center

A center for
stillness and peace.

Welcome to Dawn Retreat Center, a sanctuary to reconnect with that still, small voice within, and attune more deeply to the heartbeat of our Mother, the Earth. Dawn began with a powerful vision of First Light, that beckons us to become one within and with all Life. Today, Dawn is cultivating a community of individuals who share that same vision.

“Awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.” – John O’Donohue

Stillness. Peace. Awareness.

Our Purpose

As a center for stillness and peace, Dawn invites guests to quiet the external noise and distractions of the world, access their inner wisdom, and uncover that still, small voice within. Through silent retreats, classes, and events, our sanctuary offers guests an opportunity to observe the rhythm of nature, connect with the heart of the world, and foster a greater reverence for life. As stewards of the land, our mission is to provide these opportunities while honoring and respecting the land, giving back in equal measure, and ensuring each action is taken with the next seven generations in mind.

core values

Our guiding principles

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Inner Peace

Each of our journeys is personal and unique, but we all share access to that still, small voice within.

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Community

Here, people of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to gather, grow, and be inspired by the world.  Decisions are made with respect for the next 7 generations.

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Oneness

Everything in the universe both seen and unseen is connected and part of one entity.

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Our retreats

Escape the static of the everyday world through meditation, silence, and exploration of the natural world. Our retreats can be experienced in groups or in solitude, ensuring all guests are given the opportunities they need to connect with their inner voice. Dawn offers a variety of ways to escape, including silent retreats, meditations, guided excursions, spiritual retreats, and much more.

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains

Grow with us

Our classes

At Dawn Retreat Center, we believe that stillness, peace, and awareness should be accessible to every guest. We offer a variety of opportunities for growth, whether you’re a seasoned spiritual guide or entirely new to the world of meditation and mindfulness. Dawn provides beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, both as individual events and as part of greater spiritual wellness retreats.

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Meditation
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Life Purpose
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Life Balance
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Spiritual Growth
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Inner Peace
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Yoga

World-Class Instructors

Spiritual guides & teachers

Personal and spiritual growth require time, guidance, and education. That’s why Dawn invites world-class teachers, writers, spiritual guides, and contemplative practitioners from around the globe to host classes, connect with our community, and impart their wisdom to both our guests and our team.

INSIGHTS AT DAWN

Insights at Dawn by Rev. Nancy Neal

Nurture your journey with timely wisdom and insights as well as information about our upcoming events. We keep our emails to a minimum to provide you with only essential and insightful information.

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Calendar

Upcoming events

Explore all the classes, retreats, and events on the horizon.

Summer Solstice Silent Retreat

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

  The Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer, when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky. On this day is an opportunity to rejuvenate your spirit […]

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Sunrise Meditation in the Mountains

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

Greet the dawn at Dawn! Magic is in the air at this time of day in the mountains. Join us for this special meditation at sunrise. What a great way […]

Early Morning Yoga in the Mountains

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

After we meditate at sunrise, stay for a delicious yoga class with Sara Drummond, RYT-200 to connect mind, body, spirit. What to bring? a yoga mat and any props you […]

Exploring Self-Love

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

Join us for this innovative workshop where we explore the ways we prevent ourselves from loving ourselves fully. Jane Oliver, Certified Life Coach will lead us in unique exercises that […]

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Children’s Program

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

This special program is currently being finalized. Stay tuned for an update on this offering.

Yoga in the Mountains

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

Join Sarah Drummond, RYT-500, for a peaceful yoga session in the mountains. Focus of this class will be posted closer to the event! No experience necessary. What to bring? A […]

Meditation in the Mountains

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

Meditation in the Mountains allows us to quiet our minds, stretch our bodies and come home to ourselves. Our focus this month will be determined closer to the date of […]

Autumn Equinox Silent Retreat

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

The Autumn Equinox is a time of gathering in; a time of balance and transformation; a time to reflect on what we have and what we can release. Imagine having […]

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Yoga in the Mountains

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

Join Andrea Woods, RYT-500, for a peaceful yoga session in the mountains. Focus of this class will be posted closer to the event! No experience necessary. What to bring? A […]

Meditation in the Mountains and Potluck

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

Meditation in the Mountains allows us to quiet our minds, stretch our bodies and come home to ourselves. Our focus this month will be determined closer to the date of […]

Meditation in the Mountains

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

Meditation in the Mountains allows us to quiet our minds, stretch our bodies and come home to ourselves. Our focus this month will be determined closer to the date of […]

Pre-Thanksgiving Silent Retreat

Dawn Retreat Center 153 Fall Creek Road, Marietta, SC

We are entering into the busiest time of the year for many of us. The shorter days and longer nights can also be an invitation to deep reflection and contemplation, […]

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About us

Our story

Dawn began as a dream, the seed of which was planted nearly 40 years ago after our founder experienced the profound, lasting effects of spending five days in complete silence. As a counselor for more than 30 years, Nancy recognized the community’s growing need for a safe place, one free from everyday distractions — a sanctuary for stillness and peace. As this dream grew, Nancy sought to incorporate the natural beauty of the Carolinas into her vision, to offer not only refuge but to invite nature itself to be the gateway to inner wisdom. Our name honors the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides), a so-called living fossil that was once thought extinct. In 1941, a single specimen was discovered in China — upon the very land where it once flourished. Now, 150 million years later, this magnificent tree is thriving once again, rising to offer beauty and hope. Today, we humbly seek to do the same.

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains

Our team

Meet the Dawn team

Meet the people behind the classes, retreats, and events.

Ron Demonet

Board Member | Vice President

Jane Oliver

Board Member | Secretary

Carrie Jones

Board Member

Jim Fairey

Board Member

Testimonials

What our community is saying

Quotations

Entering a group meditation with Nancy and Ron, palpably held in Love, I relax, breathe more deeply, and connect with my inner guidance in a circle of other beautiful souls.

- Mili

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I enjoyed, learned, shared and met wonderful others and felt incredibly uplifted and connected after each gathering.

- Sarah

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I have had the pleasure of working with Nancy for spiritual guidance and I feel very blessed to have found such a sensitive, intuitive person in this area.

- Deby

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Finding Dawn came at a pivotal time in my life, and I could not be more grateful for what the people and the land offered freely in order that I might find my center again.

- Dana

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Every Dawn experience I have had the pleasure to participate in has enriched my life powerfully and continually in my overly busy days. I am grateful for this community. Words can’t describe and pictures rarely do justice to the scenery at Dawn. It is such a magical piece of earth!

- Kristy

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You can help

Support Dawn

Dawn Retreat Center was founded on the dream of supporting our community’s spiritual wellness, and our community continues to go above and beyond to support us in return. Your tax-deductible donations help ensure Dawn’s vision continues to live on for years to come, and we are truly touched by each and every act of support from the community.

Your generosity helps:

– Support Dawn’s mission, growth, and community engagement
– Facilitate the growth of our retreats, classes, and events
– Fund our dedication to sustainable practices
– Enable the presence of world-class leaders and teachers at Dawn
– And so much more

get in touch

Connect with us

We would love to hear from you. If you have a question, suggestion, or just want to know more about our organization, get in touch with our team.

 

Contact Us:

P.O. Box 4008

Greenville, SC 29608

dawnretreatcenter@gmail.com