Date

October 27,28,29, 2017

Location

Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC

Remaining

91 Event Passes

Directions

Exit 66 off of Interstate 40

BFA Fan Retreat / An exclusive weekend of music & worship.

Get ready for an epic adventure as we retreat inside the gate at LifeWay's Ridgcrest Christian Conference Center! Join us October 27-29, 2017 to spend three days with a limited number of friends. The fan retreat will solely feature Brian Free & Assurance with unique day and nighttime activities. Come worship and fellowship with us as we enjoy concerts, contests, games, hiking, devotions at the prayer garden, and more! We are going to have an intimate time of fellowship around the campfire on Friday night, then get up on Saturday morning and hike to the lake before returning to enjoy the morning session. Saturday afternoon will feature the Family Feud style game show. Your event pass includes two nights deluxe accommodations at Mountain Laurel Inn and reserved seating in Lambdin Auditorium. Leave the stress of life behind, come relax and worship with us in the Blue Ridge Mountains next fall!

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Ask About Group Discounts! / Does your church have a van or bus?

Church groups, be sure to email us at fanretreat@brianfreeandassurance.com to inquire about discounts for groups of eight or more, based on quad occupancy. Register ten or more and receive two free event passes - this is a great way to surprise your pastor or youth leaders! One person must register for the group.

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Fan Retreat Schedule / Save the date!

Check-in at Pritchel lobby

Upon arrival at Ridgecrest, you will stop at the guard house where you'll receive a parking pass for your vehicle to display during your stay on campus. From there, you will head to the lobby in Pritchel to check-in and receive your room keys and any meal tickets you have purchased for the weekend. Visit the BFA registration table to pick up your event pass and grab a photo with the guys in the lobby. Anyone who purchased a fan retreat t-shirt will also receive those at the BFA registration table on Friday upon check-in.

Dinner in the Dining Hall

Those who have purchased meal tickets will enjoy their first evening meal in the dining hall on Friday. Remember to bring your meal ticket with you.

Session One

After dinner, we'll head over to Lambdin Auditorium where you'll hear a short introduction to the weekend festivities and contests. Next, we'll step outside the door to the fire ring across the drive where we'll spend an intimate evening around the campfire. This is a truly special time together of singing and sharing. Remember to bring your camp chairs and come prepared to receive a blessing!

Fellowship

This is the time for our BFA "family" to visit and fellowship together and enjoy the family atmosphere of our retreat!

Breakfast

Those who have purchased a breakfast meal ticket will enjoy breakfast in the dining hall.

Hike with Mike

Everyone who would like to join in on the morning Hike with Mike will meet in the lobby of Mountain Laurel Inn at 8:30 a.m. The group will head out at 8:45 a.m. and hike up to the lake, weather permitting. We look forward to joing you all as we head out to take in the beauty of the Ridgecrest campus on our morning hike to the lake!

Session Two

We will meet in Lambdin Auditorium for music and family introductions! Last year, we ushered in a precious time of worship during this session and look forward to sharing more of the same in the coming year!

VIP Lunch Attendees

Those who opt for the VIP Luncheon will enjoy Pan-Seared Chicken Breast Topped with Orange Relish served with Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots and a Fresh Garden Saland with your choice of dressing. Fresh baked rolls and butter, fresh brewed iced tea, fresh brewed coffee and ice water. Plus dessert! Those who did not opt for the VIP Luncheon will head over to the dining hall for lunch which will be served from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m.

Session Three

At 3:00 p.m. will gather once again in Lambdin Auditorium to engage in a memorable afternoon of fun as we play the Family Feud styled game, Survey Says! Take a ticket at the door if you want a chance to play. Contestants are drawn randomly. Get ready for an amazing afternoon!

Dinner

We all head over to the dining hall for our dinner.

Session Four

Saturday evening we meet back in Lambdin for session four. A brief update on our contests before heading into an evening full of music!

Fellowship

We complete our day by enjoying a time of fellowship together before turning in for the night!

Breakfast

Those who have purchased meal tickets for breakfast will enjoy dining from 7:15 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. in the dining hall.

Prayer Garden

Join us in the T.W. Wilson Prayer Garden for a morning devotion and prayer as we begin our day. After our devotion time we'll head to our rooms to pack up our luggage and load our cars before we begin our last session of the weekend.

Session Five

We'll conclude our weekend together on Sunday morning in Lambdin Auditorium. Announcements will be made regarding our contest winners and prizes given before we kick off the morning concert!

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Frequently Asked Questions / Answers to frequently asked questions can be found below. Click on a question.
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Ridgecrest is located just east of Asheville, North Carolina, sitting conveniently off of Interstate 40. Take Exit 66 off of I-40. Turn left (if traveling east) or right (if traveling west) onto Dunsmore Avenue and travel two tenths of a mile. Turn right onto Old U.S. 70. Drive one mile and Ridgecrest is on the left. Please note: Physical address does not work in most GPS systems and mapping programs. Use the turn by turn directions listed here.

Shuttle services are available from the airport. Wally's Asheville Transportation Service provides group shuttle pricing for Ridgecrest's Guests in cars or vans. Reservation, pricing and payments can be made by contacting Wallace Hartman at: 828-707-5792. Payment can be made by credit card or cash. There are also several rental car agencies available at the Asheville Airport such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.

Check-in will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27th. Upon entering Ridgecrest, you will stop at the guard house where you will receive a parking pass to display on your rear view mirror during your stay on campus. The guard will instruct you to proceed to Pritchel lobby where you'll check-in at the front desk and receive your room keys and any meal tickets you purchase. After check-in, step over to the BFA registration table to receive your Event Pass. Those who ordered t-shirts will pick those up at the registration table as well. While in the lobby, feel free to get your photo with the group or you may want to settle in your room and return to the lobby for a photo with the guys.

Check-in begins at 4 p.m.

Pick up your rooms keys

Pick up meal tickets

Pick up event pass

Pick up t-shirts

Get a photo with the guys

Parking on campus is FREE for all guests.

Each attendee has the option to purchase meal tickets to eat in the dining room on campus or grab a bite to eat in the Nibble Nook or at Clouds Cafe. There is also an option to take part in our VIP Luncheon that will be held on Saturday. For the VIP Luncheon we will have Pan-Seared Chicken Breast Topped with Orange Relish served with Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots and a Fresh Garden Salad with a choice of dressings. Fresh baked rolls and butter, fresh brewed iced tea, fresh brewed coffee and ice water. Plus dessert! The VIP Luncheon is $49 per person. There are also many food options available in the nearby town of Black Mountain for those who want to eat off campus.

Meal ticket options.

VIP Luncheon option.

Dining in Black Mountain, NC

The Nibble Nook is an old fashioned icream counter with a variety of snacks including: pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, drinks, chips, crackers and candy. Clouds Coffee Shop offers gourmet coffees, tea and fresh lattes. There you will also find sandwiches, cakes, sodas, salads, etc. Hours for Nibble Nook and Clouds Coffee Shop vary daily based on event schedules. Vending machines are also found throughout the campus for late night snacks and beverages!

Pets are not permitted in any Ridgecrest facility. Service animals as defined by ADA regulations are permitted and strictly enforced.

You will need to bring necessary prescription medicines for the weekend. Ridgecrest does not have on site medical staff or supplies. Bring a lawn or camp chair for the campfire. There is limited bench seating around the fire ring and some rocking chairs on the veranda. Also, there is a grassy area to spread out a blanket or quilt to recline upon. Keep an eye on the weather and bring a jacket or sweater for cool mornings or evenings.

Active seniors should have on trouble getting around on campus. Those with canes and walkers may want to pace themselves when traveling from the upper level lodging to the other buildings on campus. There are numerous handrails throughout the campus for safety during inclement weather. We want everyone to be aware that there are several stairways across campus and elevators are available in each building for those who do not want to take the stairs.

Event Package balances need to be paid in full by July 15, 2017. We are unable to make any changes to our rooming list after this date. Any unpaid balances after July 15th are subject to cancellation without notice.

Event passes are received upon check-in at the BFA registration table in the lobby of Pritchel. Any meal tickets and t-shirts will also be picked up at this time in the lobby of Pritchel.

The dress code for the weekend is casual. We want everyone to relax and be comfortable! Watch weather forecasts as we get closer to the event and plan accordingly. We recommend a jacket for cooler weather. Immodest clothing, distasteful monograms, bare feet in public areas or any extreme stye of dress is prohibited on campus.

Terms & Conditions / Please read!

By registering for and attending the Brian Free & Assurance Fan Retreat you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Terms & Conditions and provisions contained herein and accept the terms, conditions, provisions of this agreement. You affirm, and we hereby rely on such affirmation, that you are 18 years of age or older and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms and conditions, obligations and affirmations of this agreement. Click the button below to read the entire Terms & Conditons agreement for the Brian Free & Assurance Fan Retreat.

Terms & Conditions

A Few Highlights from 2016 / weekend fun and surprises

Friday Night Campfire

On Friday evening we gathered around the campfire for an incredible time of fellowship. Bill and Mike played guitar as we sang some of our favorite songs and the Holy Spirit led us in a time of testimony and sharing that captured our hearts. A surprise guest stopped by for a visit and afterwards we made s'mores. It was quite the night for everyone! Bring those camp chairs and let's do it again next year!

Saturday Afternoon Game Show

Another highlight of our weekend together was the Family Feud style game show we played on Saturday afternoon. In the photo above Mike and Bill are ready to "face off" for their team! We played four rounds during the afternoon session and many had an opportunity to join in the fun on stage. Oh, the memories we made that afternoon! We can't wait to do this again next year!

Live Like We're Redeemed Set

During the weekend we had the opportunity to do an entire set featuring all the songs on our new project, Live Like We're Redeemed. Some of the songs had never been done in concert before. It isn't often an artist has the opportunity to do something like this which made for a very unique experience for everyone. We have more unique sets planned for next year's BFA Fan Retreat!

Event Location

Ridgecrest Conference Center‎
1 Ridgecrest Drive
Ridgecrest, NC 28770

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BFA FAN RETREAT TERMS & CONDITIONS:
By registering for and attending the Brian Free & Assurance Fan Retreat you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Terms & Conditions and provisions contained herein and accept the terms, conditions, provisions of this agreement. You affirm, and we hereby rely on such affirmation, that you are 18 years of age or older and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms and conditions, obligations and affirmations of this agreement. The individual(s) signing represent and warrant that they have full authority to execute the Terms & Conditions of this agreement and to fully bind their respective organizations, groups, including all members and participants of this fan retreat to the provisions hereof.

All pricing is in U.S. dollars and based on per person double occupancy rate. A non-refundable deposit of $199 per person, double occupancy (two per room) is required to register for this event. Event Passes are non-refundable and registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts. No refunds are issued for early check-out.

All registrations not paid in full on or before July 15, 2017, are subject to cancellation without notice. Seating is assigned upon full payment.

All attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Unashamed Fan Retreat.

Attendees sharing a room must be married, immediate family members or friends of the same gender.

Pets are not permitted in any Ridgecrest facility. However, service animals as defined by ADA (Americans with Disability Act) regulations are permitted.

By registering for this event, you acknowledge that Ridgecrest does not employ medical professionals nor do they stock medical supplies or equipment on campus. They will assist with first aid and public emergency services.

By registering for this event you are granting permission for all persons on your registration to be professionally photographed, audio and/or video recorded and releasing Brian Free, Inc., Ex Nihilo Graphics, LLC, LifeWay and Ridgecrest from liability, restrictions, conditions or any compensation for obtaining these images and sounds in future promotional materials.

While attending the event and on the grounds at Ridgecrest you agree to exercise care and caution in using all facilities, grounds, and equipment solely for their intended purposes and acknowledge and agree that you assume the risks inherent in the facilities, grounds, equipment, and activities and will pay for any damage to the facilities, grounds or equipment that you cause; and expressly waive and release Brian Free, Inc. and affiliates, employees and authorized agents from liability from any injury or loss occasioned by attending this event.

By registering for and/or attending this event you generally and specifically release and hold harmless Brian Free, Inc., Ex Nihilo Graphics, LLC, Ridgecrest and LifeWay, their officers, agents, and employees from any liability and claims for loss or injury. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Brian Free, Inc., Ex Nihilo Graphics, LLC, LifeWay and Ridgecrest, their parent corporations, subsidiaries and affiliates, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, consultants and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) a violation by you of any term of this agreement; (ii) a violation by you of any third-party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right, while attending the event. This obligation for defense, indemnification, and holding harmless will survive the termination or expiration of this event.

Use of Discretion: Brian Free, Inc. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove or refuse admission to any person who is being disruptive, argumentative or unduly loud during sessions or non-compliant with the Terms and Conditions of this agreement.

Governing Law: The Terms & Conditions of this agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia. You irrevocably waive any objection you may have based on improper of inconvenient jurisdiction, venue or forum.

Severability: If any provision or term of this agreement should be held legally unenforceable for any reason, all remaining provisions and terms shall remain in full force and effect.

Disclaimer: Fan retreat website and schedule are subject to change without notice. Some scheduled activities are weather permitting.

*Use of Ridgecrest, a LifeWay Conference Center, for this conference, does not imply alignment with or endorsement by any Southern Baptist group.