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32nd Annual Wildacres Retreat
Soul Renewal with John Van Auken - A Retreat to Recharge Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Better Self
Enjoy a uniquely immersive retreat for the soul as you renew and revitalize—physically, mentally, and spiritually—with one of our most popular teachers of ancient mystical wisdom and Edgar Cayce methods.
September 12, 2019 - September 15, 2019
Little Switzerland , NC

This event is SOLD OUT.
Please call customer service to be added to the waiting list. 800-333-4499

Enjoy a uniquely immersive retreat for the soul as you renew and revitalize—physically, mentally, and spiritually—with one of our most popular teachers of ancient mystical wisdom and Edgar Cayce methods.

In this soul-nurturing program, best-selling author and Edgar Cayce readings expert John Van Auken brings a lifetime of studying, practicing, and teaching spiritual advancement techniques as he breaks these concepts down into practical, easy-to-understand steps toward enlightenment, health, and happiness. He will conduct experiential practice sessions for raising your body’s vibrations and expanding your mind’s understanding—methods that will promote deep contentment and renewed vitality, and will awaken your connection to your Higher Self and the Source of Life, our Creator. As a teacher of the most complex concepts in the Cayce readings as well as the mystical ancient wisdom from Egypt, Maya—Toltec—Aztec, China, India, the Essenes, Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, and more, John brings deep understanding and depth of knowledge to his presentations. Having taught so many people and seen their results over many years, he is certain that you will get results from these methods!

With experiential exercises, practical tools, entertaining examples, and beautiful visuals, John’s retreat program brings you life-changing insights from the amazing Edgar Cayce teachings and:

  • Ancient and modern approaches for nourishing our hungry souls
  • The true story of our souls’ long journey and magnificent destiny
  • Practical, easy techniques that you can take home and use daily
  • Prayer, meditation, and dream methods that really work
  • Body-mind wellness guidance from Cayce, the “Father of Holistic Medicine”
  • Tips for making yourself and those around you happier

“As ye use that as is known, there is given the more and more light to know from whence ye came and whither ye go.”
—Edgar Cayce reading 364-4

Through guided meditations, reveries, chanting, dream analysis, and other helpful spiritual tools, this will be more than just a retreat—this annual event is a vacation for the soul! Don’t miss this opportunity to recharge your spiritual batteries as you immerse yourself in this profoundly life-changing experience.

Past attendees say of John:
“Enjoyed every minute. Lots of info. Very eye opening!”

“Superb awareness of subject matter. Great visual aids, practice, and lecture.”  “Awesome info! Loved every minute!”

“Very uplifting, insightful and inspiring. Really made me glad I came.”


TIME: Check-in is 4:00-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. The retreat begins with the evening meal at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and runs through approximately 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.


COST: $325 per person, includes 3-nights’ lodging (double occupancy), one set of linens and towels, eight meals, and the planned program. There is no maid service. Please let us know if you need a handicapped accessible room or if you cannot use steps. There are no elevators.

PREREGISTRATION: A non-refundable deposit of $50 per person will reserve your place only until August 15th. At that time, the remainder of the registration fee is due or the space may be reassigned. Full refunds cannot be made after August 14th. The participant is responsible for submitting the remaining fee. No invoices or receipts will be mailed.

MEALS: Nutritious family style meals, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and diabetic options, are included in the registration fee. Please specify any dietary needs at pre-registration.

ROOMS: All lodge rooms have two beds and a private bath. Two people will be assigned to a room, unless a third is requested. We will assign a roommate unless you specify one at registration. There are no televisions, clocks, coffee pots or phones in the rooms. WIFI and cellphone access is limited.  Please specify any ADA needs at pre-registration.

CHILDREN: Parents must arrange for the supervision of children at all times. Cribs may be supplied if requested upon registration. If you will be bringing a child, please contact Ms. Lou Umscheid for costs and additional information at or 919-960-9580.

WHAT TO BRING: A special item or two for the silent auction. If you are donating services, please bring any equipment that you need, e.g. massage table. Money raised from the auction of items and services is donated to A.R.E. Headquarters. Clothes: casual, bring a sweater, jacket, comfortable shoes, and rain gear. The retreat is informal and weather is unpredictable. 

BOOK SALES: We will have a selection of books related to the program for sale at the retreat. The money raised will be used to support the Southeast Region of A.R.E. (Cash, Personal Checks, and Credit Cards)

COMMON INTEREST SESSIONS: As is customary at this retreat, we will have these sessions for small groups led by volunteers. If you have a special gift, talent or interest, please consider sharing it with others during these 1 hour sessions. Please Note: you need to submit a summary of your topic, and your qualifications to present it, in advance to Bob at If you have a handout for your presentation, please bring copies with you for approximately 80 people.

Any views or opinions presented in these sessions are solely those of the presenter and may not represent those of the A.R.E. Presenters are expressly required not to make defamatory statements and not to infringe or authorize any infringement of copyright or any other legal right. 


This event is sold out. Please call customer service (800-333-4499) to be added to the waiting list.
Additional Info and Schedule
September 12 - 15, 2019
Wildacres Retreat
1565 Wild Acres Rd
Little Switzerland, NC 28749
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is an internationally renowned speaker, a long-time A.R.E. staff member, a current director at A.R.E, and a popular leader of A.R.E.’s tours to sacred sites around the world. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You, Angels, Fairies, Demons, & the Elementals, and is co-author of his most recent, Edgar Cayce on the Mysterious Essenes: Lessons from Our Sacred Past. His extensive knowledge of the Edgar Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient Egypt mysticism, world religions, and Christ Consciousness make him a popular and authoritative teacher.

To view John's upcoming schedule of events, visit our events search page for "John Van Auken."