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Your retreat group can spend the night just about anywhere. At Glisson, we specialize in hosting retreat experiences that facilitate transformation, growth, and renewal. Glisson retreat groups are surrounded by nearly 400 acres of forests, mountains, trails, ponds, a clearwater creek, and Cane Creek Falls.
Make yourself at home in one of our lodges or cabins...
Gather your group together in one of our meeting spaces...
Share meals prepared for your group in our new Dining Hall...
Challenge your group on our multi-event Ropes Course...
Play group games on our ball field or in our gym...
To take an Interactive Tour of our facilities, click "Tour Glisson" to the right. To begin planning a package that fits your group's needs, contact our Guest Relations Coordinator, Shirley at email@example.com or (706) 864-6181. For pricing and other details, visit the Reservations page.
We finished up a nearly $5M building project in 2015 including a brand-new Dining Hall. See the slideshow for pictures and/or check out this Dining Hall In Action Facebook photo album. The new Dining Hall seats over 400 for family-style dining. It also features a a state-of-the-art kitchen, a gathering lobby with fireplace, and a front porch with fire ring on the main level. The lower level includes the Creekview Meeting Room (60-100), a coffee lounge, the camp store, and the stone Prayer Chapel (20-35). The cost of staying in the Village Cabins or Sparrowwood Lodge includes meals in our Dining Hall. Groups staying at Ivie Lodge have the option of preparing their own meals or using the Dining Hall.
In keeping with the gold mining tradition of the Dahlonega area, our cabins include steeply-pitched tin roofs and rough-hewn siding. The porches are reminiscent of the shelters miners would build directly over their mine shafts to protect them from weather while working in the mine.
Village cabins offer single-gender, dormitory-style lodging. Each heated cabin sleeps 15 people.
The interior includes wooden plank floors and ceilings. Wall-mounted light fixtures mimic the hand-held lanterns which gold miners would use to illuminate their dark mine shafts. Each cabin offers comfortable, modern bath amenities.
Ivie Lodge is our newest retreat lodge, offering dormitory-style, air-conditioned accommodations for up to 44 people. A separate, private leader room is also available. Ivie also has its own small field and separate parking lot.
The Lodge includes a large gathering room with a large stone fireplace (above), two smaller gathering rooms, a catering kitchen and a large rocking chair porch overlooking Cane Creek (located behind fireplace in above picture).
Sparrowwood Lodge was constructed in 1984 - we celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It has recently undergone structural renovations, received a brand-new heating and A/C system, and had wood panel ceilings installed. During the summer, it is home to our Sparrowwood campers -- children, youth and adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.
For retreat groups, Sparrowwood Lodge offers air-conditioned, dormitory-style accommodations for up to 42 people, meeting space, a catering kitchen, and a large rocking chair porch overlooking beautiful Cane Creek (pictured to the left, just below the sun).
The Lanford Leadership Lodge, named for former Glisson director, Bob Lanford, is essentially two Village cabins in one – there's a covered hallway between the two cabins with a large shared screen porch at the end of it. Each side has its own living area that can sleep 14 each for a total of 28 when both sides are in use. Each side has its own bathroom with two sinks, two showers, and two toilets.
Want to take your group camping, but don't want to share space at a public campground? Outpost offers retreat groups the chance to enjoy a wilderness camping experience. Single-gender sleeping arrangements in either Adirondack shelters or platform tents. Groups can also set up their own tents as well. Cook your meals over a fire-heated cooktop/grill, enjoy your meals under the open-air dining pavilion, worship in the open-air chapel and even take showers in our spring-fed, cold-water showers.
Cane Creek runs right through the Outpost site. There are plenty of hiking trails and opportunities to enjoy God's creation all around you.
Outpost offers plenty of space for your group to spread out and enjoy the outdoors. The Dining Pavilion provides covered cooking and dining space. There is room for feeding more than 50 people, as well as an enclosed food storage area and solar-powered food refrigeration units. (Tents pictured not included.)
The four open-air Adirondack sleeping shelters will sleep up to 14 individuals each on the covered, upper platform, with lower levels for meeting and activity space. Outpost also has its own outdoor chapel right by the creek, a multi-event low elements course (facilitator needed), an archery range (facilitator needed), and a climbing tree (facilitator needed).
In addition to the Pioneer site, we also have a more rustic Frontier site with platform tarp shelters, cooking shelters, and outdoor privies situated next to a private pond and a field with a fire ring. See slideshow for pictures and more details.
Looking for even more adventure? Check out our fully-programmed Outpost Adventure Retreats led by experienced guides for backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing weekend and week-long trips.
"It was great! It was my first year, and I was very happy that I got to do some amazing activities. I was a little scared on the high elements course, but I did it (and I am glad I did)!"
Emily, 8-year-old camper