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Hot Springs NC Retreats

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.

For group retreats

We 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 2,000 sq. ft. chapel for yoga practice.

For special-needs groups

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.

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.

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Laughing Heart Lodge is a great place for a destination wedding. We can accommodate up to 50 guests providing ceremony and reception space all necessary equipment regardless of weather.  Beyond 50 guests a tent and equipment rental would be required.  Please call or email for more details.

Hot Springs NC Weddings


At just under 2,000 feet of open space, the Chapel at Laughing Heart Lodge is a space used for a variety of purposes. With good natural lighting and two bathrooms (recently installed), the types of events that can comfortably fill the Chapel are:

• Yoga sessions (held weekly).
• Business meetings and catered business dinners.
• Weddings and receptions.
• In 2012, the Chapel also hosted the New Years Celebration.

The Chapel can seat up to 80 in a theatre seating format; for a reception with round tables, 60 can be seated in comfort. We have chairs, tables and linens to meet the needs of most events.



The Laughing Heart is perfect for workshops. We host business groups, massage therapist training classes, singer/songwriter workshops, and spiritual retreats, among others.

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Family Reunions

With over five acres for wandering and playing, plenty of lodging, and multiple gathering areas, the Laughing Heart is ideal for family reunions large or small.

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