A key component of the Laughing Heart Lodge mission is to provide a place for individual and group retreats.

For individuals or couples, your retreat may be for a quiet and relaxing stay for a weekend, a few days or for an extended period.  We have a wide array of accommodation options and 8 beautiful acres with many places to stroll or sit and enjoy the beautiful mountain views. We also have an extensive reading library and several cozy places to sit and read a book or just relax and unwind.

Karen Nagle and Karen MooreWe welcome group retreats that may include spiritual groups, family reunions, destination weddings, business meetings, outdoor groups enjoying what Hot Springs has to offer, and more. We also conduct retreats like periodic yoga retreats using our rooms for lodging and our 1,500 sq. ft. chapel for yoga practice.

We have an interest in accommodating retreats for special-needs groups, whether it’s a retreat for youth without the opportunity to enjoy a rural mountain setting or for children with brain injuries or learning disabilities. In our first year, we were fortunate to host a group of Duke students in the hostel as they tutored area teens over the summer.

Laughing Heart Lodge is a great place for a destination wedding. We can accommodate up to 50 people on our campus-like 8-acre property. Our chapel can seat up to 80 people and we have a full commercial kitchen.

If you or your group is interested in a retreat at the Laughing Heart Lodge, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs. The Lodge and Hostel can accommodate approximately 50 people with there being many other lodging choices in town and the surrounding area should a group need space for more than 50.

Laughing Heart Lodge

A Place for Lodging, Retreats and Healing