Journey to Simplicity

Blue Ridge Assembly • Asheville, NC

September 4th-6th or 4th-7th • $150 – $200

 

 

 

Experience Freedom.

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.

 

Location

Experience

Black Mountain, NC

 

Blue Ridge Assembly

Blue Ridge is 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, basketball, volleyball, tennis, disc golf and corn hole. Please bring your own equipment for the outdoor recreation per COVID-19 protection requirements by the facility. There will also be plenty of free time for you to enhance your creativity with wood-burning coasters, acrylic painting, water-coloring, calligraphy and other elements.

 

Housing will be at half capacity to maintain protective guidelines per the state regulations. There will be two people per room with their own private bathroom including a shower. At the time of registration please request any preferred roommate.

 

Pricing ranges from $150 for 2 nights of housing in a semi-private room located in a lodge, 5 hearty and homemade meals, creative elements, outdoor recreation and A-GAP SWAG. If you would like to stay for the total 3 nights and 7 meals, including everything previously mentioned it will be $200 per person to cover the cost of food and housing.

 

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

 

Speakers

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.

 

Itinerary

Evening 

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Arrive and Check In at Blue Ridge Assembly

**Please eat before arriving.

7:30pm: Orientation & Improv

8:00pm: Session 1 – Implementing Healthy Tech Habits

9:00pm: Engage in Community

Morning: 

8:00am: Community Breakfast

9:00am: Session 2 – Importance of Silence & Solitude

9:30am: Silence & Solitude

10:30am: Enhance Creativity

Afternoon:

12:30pm: Community Lunch

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

**Hiking, Creative Elements & Outdoor Rec. (Please bring your own equipment for Rec.)

Evening: 

6:00pm: Community dinner

7:30pm: Session 3 – Fostering Authentic Community

9:00pm: Engage in Community

Morning: 

8:00am: Community Breakfast

9:00am: Faith Gathering – Practicing the Sabbath

10:00am: Silence & Solitude

11:00am: Enhance Creativity & Explore Creation

Afternoon:

12:30pm: Community Lunch

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

Hiking, Creative Elements & Outdoor Rec.

**Please bring your own equipment for Rec.

Evening: 

6:00pm: Community dinner

7:30pm: Group Discussion

9:00pm: Engage in Community

Morning: 

8:00am: Community Breakfast

9:00am: Silence & Solitude

9:30am: 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
Pajamas
Basic toiletries (including sunscreen & insect repellant)
Journal & pen

Optional Items
Bible
Battery operated alarm clock
Flashlight
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.”

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