Journey to Simplicity

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Blue Ridge Assembly • Black Mountain, NC • NA




Refocus through intentional introspection.

A-GAP experiences create space for you to escape the noise and distraction that technology brings in order to intentionally focus on what you value. In picturesque locations, we guide and facilitate self-discovery in a technology-free environment. Away from the chaos, we encourage participants to align how they spend their time online with what is important to them. Since we know, how we spend our time will determine who we become. We equip those who join us with the tools necessary to master technology instead of letting it master us.

Enjoy a balance of solitude and community, active time outdoors and reflective times of creativity at our weekend-long A-GAP Experience. Come as you are, but leave empowered to make a difference.




Black Mountain, NC


Blue Ridge Assembly

Blue Ridge is a place where people can truly recapture the joy of interpersonal relationships in the wonder of Creation.

Saturday afternoon some of us will tackle hiking the beautiful Black Mountain. Along with hiking they have athletic fields and gyms, as well as basketball, volleyball, tennis, disc golf, and corn hole.

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is an inviting partner to A-GAP; with their sprawling 1200 acres campus near the city of Asheville, NC. Blue Ridge is a peaceful oasis where groups can come to strengthen their gifts and talents.


Glenn Kuhn

Glenn Kuhn is currently serving as Lead Campus Minister and Director at the Christian Student Fellowship, which is located on the campus of the University of Tennessee. Glenn, and his wife Tracy, have been working with the college-age for over 15 years, 9 of those at the CSF.

Before becoming a campus minister, Glenn's past experiences include working as a systems analyst for a national shipping firm, financial services (both corporate and self-employed), and in the youth camp ministry. Glenn uses these vast experiences to remind himself he still hasn't figured anything out.

If he isn't spending time with his family at their home in the mountains of East Tennessee, you will probably find him scaring the trout while fly-fishing in some of the local mountain streams.

Glenn will be sharing on the importance of silence and solitude, as well as how to practice the "Sabbath" for lasting rest and renew in a culture obsessed with distractions.

Bethany Baker

Bethany Baker is the Executive Director of A-GAP, a non-profit foundation that encourages people to create a healthier relationship with technology in order to thrive professionally and personally.

She is passionate about sharing tangible ways to help individuals implement healthy technology habits, which frees them to be more intentional with their life.

At A-GAP, Bethany organizes Weekend Experiences where individuals turn off their cell phones and tune into nature, themselves and those around them. Each A-GAP Experience is uniquely designed and provides the necessary reprieve for those seeking a technology-free environment for contemplation and spiritual rejuvenation. Bethany is passionate about connecting people and creating space for what matters.




6:30pm – 7pm: Arrive at Blue Ridge Assembly

Please eat before arriving.

7:30pm: Orientation & Improv

8:30pm: Session 1 – Implementing Healthy Tech Habits

Breakout Groups

10pm: Engage in Community


9am: Community Breakfast

10am: Session 2 – Importance of Silence & Solitude

11am: Silence & Solitude


12:30pm: Community Lunch

1:30 – 5:30pm: Explore Creation & Enhance Creativity

Tournaments, Creative Elements & Game Room


6pm: Community dinner

7:30pm: Session 3 – Fostering Authentic Community

Breakout groups

9pm: Engage in Community


9am: Community Breakfast

10am: Faith Gathering – Practicing the Sabbath

11am: Execute Change

Packing List

Mandatory Items
bedding for twin mattress
reusable water bottle (with a way to identify it as yours)
comfortable closed-toed shoes & hiking shoes
rain jacket
jacket or sweatshirt
comfortable pants
athletic shorts
layered shirts
undergarments & socks
basic toiletries (including sunscreen & insect repellant)
journal & pen

Optional Items
battery operated alarm clock
disposable camera
analog hand watch – no smart watches
a book or artistic supplies you might use during your down time
please check the weather forecast, to assure you have comfortable clothes fit for the weather.

Items to Leave at Home
iPods, smart watches & other electronic devices
alcohol, drugs, illegal substances & any weapons that could be harmful.
*as a reminder, we will be collecting all phones at the start of the weekend & will return them to you at your time of departure. we do this to eliminate any distractions.
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Unplug and Experience Connectivity

“One of the best things you can do is physically separate yourself from the device.”