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Refreshing Mountain Staff Bio for Mark Layton

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Mark Layton is the Nature Program Coordinator here at Refreshing Mountain, though he originally got his start at Refreshing Mountain when he was 16 years old, working in the housekeeping department. That same summer he was given the chance to work in the activities department and immediately loved it. Through that opportunity he realized how…

Introducing Nature Programs at Refreshing Mountain

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Refreshing Mountain is blessed with a beautiful property complete with woods, a pond and open areas.  It was only a matter of time before Nature Studies would join the other activity options offered to retreats, school groups, and families. The focus of the new nature program is hands on learning and good stewardship of God’s creation. Both kids…

Getting to Know Caleb Nolt

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Caleb started at Refreshing Mountain last November after applying to the activities department. He had been looking for a job for a while without success until his aunt suggested he apply at Refreshing Mountain. Her first question was “are you afraid of heights?” When he said no, she handed him an application. A few days…

Getting to know Andrew Wagner

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Andrew Wagner started working at Refreshing Mountain in March of 2014 after looking for a job that would suit his passions. He really wanted a job that would allow him to work outside while being flexible with his schedule. Working at a God honoring establishment is very important to him, so after praying about it…

Blog Contest Entry

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ZIP LINING IN PA Jordan Yaun submitted an entry for our Blog Contest.   If you want to  enter our largest prize contest ever, go to Summer Blog Contest. Below is his blog which could also be found at Philly Affect [editor’s note: PhillyAffect.com is no longer live]. Breathe it in and Breathe it out, that…

“So is zip lining good for a date?”

Don’t be afraid to make time in your busy schedule to try something new! And doing it with someone you care about makes it all the more special. My boyfriend was super excited to go on the  zipline because he loves adrenaline junky activities. After working at Refreshing Mountain for a year, I figured it…

Blog Contest Entry

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Family Fun in Lancaster, PA-and Overcoming Fear with an Adventure Lisa Mita submitted an entry for our Blog Contest.   If you want to  enter our largest prize contest ever, go to Summer Blog Contest. Below is her blog which can also be found at Lisa Mita Blog. I had a post a few weeks…

Getting to know Darbi Knee

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Darbi Knee is one of Refreshing Mountain’s long-time employees. She was approached by Marlin Harnish, the owner of Refreshing Mountain, and asked if she would be interested in belaying for their ropes course. Her reply? “Yes sir!” She has been with us since 1998 as a well-loved and respected guide—so much so that one of…

New Year’s Resolutions

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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something.  With that in mind, maybe the better question is how do you resolute to fulfill your resolution?  Many of us make resolutions like to eat better, exercise more, or watch less tv—things that are outwardly visible.  On…

Zipping in from all over the USA

I recently spent a day in New York City.  The next I came back to Refreshing Mountain.  What a contrast!!  Living here in Lancaster County can be its own sort of bubble and you forget what its like to drive for more than a few miles without seeing farmland, trees, and open areas.  This time…