What is The Pond Retreat Center?
Seven acres of landscaped gardens,
meadows and woodlands that are owned
by artist and author Lee James
Pantas. The retreat center does not
include the residence of Mr. Pantas
which is located on the property.
retreat center located?
In Fairview, North Carolina, 15
minutes from downtown Asheville.
What is the
purpose of the retreat center and is
it affiliated with any organization
or religious group?
The purpose is provide a
peaceful, beautiful and inspiring
place for small groups or
individuals to gather for
self-guided retreats, meetings or
The Pond Retreat Center
is made available by Mr. Pantas, is non-denominational and
welcomes individuals and groups of all faiths,
traditions and points of view, both religious
When is the
Retreat Center available?
April 15 through November
can our group be? Up to 30
scheduled time slot be shared with
other groups? No, however
individuals who are on solitary
retreats may be present on the
persons use The Pond Retreat
Center? Yes, but they must
reserve a period of time like any
group would. Occasionally there may
be a group using the grounds at the
Is there an
age limit? Yes, 16 years
is the retreat center?
Seven acres of level and gently
rolling meadow and woodlands.
the qualifications for my group to
reserve time at the retreat center?
To qualify for use of the retreat
center, the intent must be to hold a
spiritual or religious retreat,
writer or artist's workshop, or a
gathering or meeting for
environmental or compassionate
Hunting and fishing groups do not
Is there a
fee to use the retreat center?
No, but donations are
accepted to help with grounds and
facilities maintenance, and
replacement of recyclable spoons,
forks & knives, plates, cups and
paper towels that are provided for and
used by guests.
spiritual guidance or retreat
direction available? No.
All groups are self-guided.
retreat center available for
overnight stays? No
provided? No. Retreat
groups are encouraged to bring their
own food and drink. Running water is
available, and eating utensils
mini-refrigerators are provided.
happens if heavy rain is scheduled
for the day of our retreat?
Just cancel and reschedule.
happens if there is a rain shower
during our retreat time?
Shelter in the main Swallow Garden
is provided, as well as umbrellas
for guest use.
covered shelters for rain and sun
protection? Yes, a large
outdoor shelter, gazebo and pergola.
the main gathering area?
The Swallow Garden, a former
basketball court converted into a
raised flower bed garden, is the
centrally located main meeting spot on the retreat
bathrooms available? A
handicapped porta-a-john and
adjacent outdoor sink are on located
next to the main Swallow Garden
facilities available? Yes,
a charcoal grill, two
mini-refrigerators, an outdoor sink
with running water, a supply of
plastic tableware, cups and plates,
and picnic tables are located in the
main Swallow Garden area.
utensils provided? Yes.
Recyclable spoons, forks & knives,
plates, cups and paper towels are
provided for retreat guests
group wishes to use the charcoal
grill, is charcoal provided?
No. Groups must bring their
handicapped parking? Yes