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Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was not my first visit but I felt on my most recent visit in September that it was over priced for what's being offered. The showers out side had little drips (only cold water). The Shower indoor was broke and I have no idea even when it works if it has any hot water or decent pressure. Great place...

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Michael28804, Owner at Mountain Light Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. As we have been alerting incoming guests, our water comes from a spring on the hill and this prolonged period we have had in September and October with no rain means little water. The showers aren't actually broken, there just isn't enough water pressure for the showers until the autumn rains restart. This is the second...

Knoxville, Tennessee
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This was my 3rd visit to Mountain Light Sanctuary ( but 1st review) and the name pretty much says it all. A true place to get away from it all, relax, refresh, renew your mind. body and spirit. The grounds are so lovely- and all naturally done. You have multiple natural gardens, including Zen Garden, the butterfly garden, the Divine...

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Harrisburg, North Carolina, United States
Reviewed 14 December 2015

I went to Mountain Light Sanctuary in August 2015 because the men's group that I belong to (Man Kind Project) sponsored a 3 day retreat. I have always loved being in the mountains and I was so overjoyed when I had the opportunity to be smack dab in the mountains on the retreat. The directions I had were very good...

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1Thank Steven C
Nashville, Tennessee
Reviewed 9 November 2015

I can't begin to tell you what a divine encounter I had with the Mountain Light Sanctuary. I was in desperate need of a personal retreat to seek some guidance about what was next for my life. I just did a google search for "retreat centers in Asheville" and Mountain Light was one of the first to pop up. Michael...

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Reviewed 4 September 2015

I had the incredible good fortune to see my original house-sitting plans fall through, and through the Universe's magic, I wound up here. I will endeavor to describe Mountain Light Sanctuary, but the thing that makes it the most special is something you can only feel once you are here. There is a peace and serenity to this place, a...

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Reviewed 19 August 2015

I had the best experience at Mountain Light Sanctuary. I stayed for two night in the Garden Suite. It was a surreal experience. The peace and tranquility is unimaginable. Everyone I encountered was beyond pleasant and unassuming. I went for a personal retreat and was quite pleased. I can not say enough positive things about my experience. This retreat is...

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Nottingham
Reviewed 3 July 2015

Over the past decade I have had the pleasure of staying 3 times at Mountain Light Sanctuary. I don't think its quite possible to convey the sense of tranquil nurturing the land pours into your being or the varied taste of combined Earthly/Cosmic energies that feed ones senses but it is close to magical. With loving pride and inventive ideas...

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2Thank NottinghamDaisy
Caracas, Venezuela
Reviewed 7 April 2015

Being in at the Mountainlight Sanctuary reconciled me with the USA. Up to that moment, the USA for me represented highways, buildings, concrete, noise. But then I went to the Sanctuary, and just driving there was a beauty, going through the North Carolina mountain countryside. A true blessing. Just close enough to hippy Asheville, to enjoy good food and art,...

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Jacksonville, Florida
Reviewed 7 December 2014

I stayed at the sanctuary in July and absolutely loved it. The sound of the creek and birds chirping was so relaxing, as was the fact that there was no cell phone reception. I could sit quietly in the Tree House or hike the breathtakingly beautiful trails in the Pisgah National Forest without any interruption or urges to "plug in."...

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Houston, Texas
Reviewed 2 September 2014

This was my first trip to Mountain Light Sanctuary and I will definitely be back! As soon as I arrived Michael was there to greet me and I immediately felt at home. The grounds are beautiful and very peaceful. I made reservations to stay in the Ononaluftee but when I arrived Michael said I could pick from several shelters that...

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Hidden deep in a secluded mountain cove in the Pisgah National Forest, 35 minutes north of Asheville, North Carolina, Mountain Light Sanctuary is a magical gateway into the world of nature. Bordered by two cascading creeks and ringed by the highest mountains in the eastern USA, it holds an energy and an ambiance which are nothing short of magical. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mountain Light Sanctuary

Address: 143 Old Ranger Rd, Barnardsville, NC 28709-9101
Region: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Barnardsville
Price Range: $46 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“The Shelters are "roughing it" so if you do not like camping- try the Lodge rooms.”
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“All rooms outside return you to nature!”
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 of 5 bubbles G_c_A_12, 4 Sep 2015 | Read review
“If you like living in the outdoors, this is your chance. There are also indoor rooms if you prefer.”
 of 5 bubbles EliTepperK, 7 Apr 2015 | Read review
“I peeked into the other accommodations and loved Frodo's and the Hermitage, too. Next time I go, I'm definitely booking Frodo's :)”
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