Coming April 13-15, 2018: An exciting creationist retreat in the scenic Smoky Mountains! We love hosting our friends and students in the beautiful Smoky Mountains for a relaxing and stimulating weekend of discussions and fellowship. If you're a creationist student considering graduate school, this is a great place to get to know mentors who can help you prepare for your calling.

The Details

The 2018 theme is Biblical Chronology, with our special guest Pastor Jeremy Sexton. Pastor Sexton is a chronology scholar who recently published the article "Who Was Born When Enosh Was 90? A Semantic Reevaluation of William Henry Green’s Chronological Gaps" (Westminster Theological Journal 77:193-218). Visit his online home at to learn more about him and find a copy of his article. During our retreat, Pastor Sexton will help us work through the basics of biblical chronology as well as the open questions. This will be an outstanding opportunity for creationists of all ages and experience to learn more about our most distinctive belief: the recency of creation!

There are also gift bags with free goodies. Last year, the "bags" included a box of fossils and a poster all in a cool custom box. What will be in the 2018 gift bag? There's only one way to find out: Come and get one for yourself! (If you have something you'd like to give away in the gift bag, please let us know.)

We rented a luxury cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for Friday and Saturday night April 13-15, 2018. Think of this as a really big sleepover! Core Academy will provide the food, and everyone in attendance will share the preparation and cleanup duties. We'll ask for volunteers to help prepare the meals and clean up after. There will be five meals provided (from dinner Friday to breakfast on Sunday).

This year we are offering two different ticket types. For married couples attending, we have a limited number of private bedrooms available for $120, which includes admission for both, a guaranteed private room, and one gift bag. General admission (which may or may not involve sleeping in a bunkroom) is $45 per ticket. There are a limited number of tickets, so don't wait until the last minute if you want to come, because it might sell out. Ready to buy your ticket? Click that big "Buy Now" button to go directly to our checkout, powered by Paypal.

Weekend Schedule

For the schedule, we'll follow what we've done in past years. Friday night: Arrival, dinner, Welcome Session. Saturday: breakfast, GIFT BAGS!, Morning Session, Lunch, free time, Dinner, Last Session. Sunday: breakfast, cleanup, departure. Each Session will consist of a combination of presentation and discussion.


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