Blowing Rock Conference Center
1818 Goforth Rd

Blowing Rock NC 28605


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What is the difference between a Matt Talbot Retreat Group and the Matt Talbot Retreat Movement?

The Matt Talbot Retreat Movement promotes spiritual retreats and aids and encourages the formation of Matt Talbot Retreat Groups, which conduct these retreats. The retreat groups are independent organizations. The Retreat Movement is the service organization that supports the retreat groups.

What is a Retreat?

A retreat brings together a group of recovering alcoholics is a setting that promotes fellowship and sharing throughout the weekend. A Retreat Leader(s), who are usually a recovering alcoholic and trained in spiritual matters, gives conferences on varies broad topics several times during the weekend, bringing valuable insights into the spiritual element of the disease of alcoholism.

Must I be Catholic to attend a Matt Talbot Retreat?

No. Matt Talbot Retreats are open to recovering alcoholics regardless of religion, sex, race, color or creed. There are separate Retreat Groups for men, women, and married couples (both of whom must be recovering alcoholics). We are not affiliated with any organized religion.

Is there a price to attend a Matt Talbot Retreat?

Yes. Each group sets the cost for its retreats. Most of the cost goes to the retreat house for room and board.

Who is eligible to attend a Matt Talbot Retreat?

Recovering alcoholics are eligible to attend Matt Talbot retreats.

Are Matt Talbot Retreats affiliated with AA?

No. There is no affiliation between AA and Matt Talbot Retreats. However, Matt Talbot Retreats are intended to foster and enhance spiritual recovery as suggested by AA’s Twelve-Step Program.

How Often Do I Go on Retreat?

This is up to each individual. However, typically members attend one or two retreats a year.