2018 EPIC Winter Retreat - ACA, Southeastern


Online registration for the 2018 EPIC Winter Retreat is now closed.  For questions please contact John Beitner



The WNC EPIC Winter Retreat is an opportunity to really DIG IN to your development as a camp professional. In this 3-day, 2-night retreat, we will explore the professional competencies needed to be a good leader and learn how to develop them in ourselves. This will be a journey into personal growth.  We will develop concrete plans of how to pass along what we learn to our teams back at camp.  With both in-depth time with our featured speaker Susan Fee and EPIC-to-EPIC discussions, the Winter Retreat will reinvigorate your off-season life and set you up for your best summer yet in 2019.

Susan Fee                       

Susan Fee is a therapist, author, and national trainer based in Seattle, WA. She specializes in helping clients develop their personal and professional communication skills. She delivers training to individuals and corporations on communication skills, conflict resolution, resiliency, motivation, and presentation skills as well as providing voice-overs for audiobooks, training videos and commercials.

She’s the author of numerous magazine articles and books including, 101 Ways to Make Your Message Stick, 101 ideas & Insights About Resolving Conflict, The Manager’s Motivation Handbook, Circle of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Facilitator’s Guide, and the college survival guide My Roommate is Driving Me Crazy! 

Susan developed Circle of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. to teach girls ages 8-14 how to develop healthy relationships, regulate emotions, increase self-esteem, and communicate assertively. She’s taught her workshops for Girl Scouts, parent groups, schools, and summer camps. Susan believes every person has a story worth telling and she wants to help young girls in particular tell a powerful one.


The EPIC Winter Retreat is a not to be missed event!  Join us for a wonderful three days of learning, networking and gaining new insights from each other and our renowned expert, Susan Fee.  Susan will join us to both instruct on the most current issues for camp professionals and participate in thoughtful discussions about the camping industry and our careers in youth development.  


All are welcome!  We will cook together, take hikes, share our favorite camp activities, forge new friendships and strengthen existing bonds.


The retreat will be held at beautiful Camp Merrie-Woode in Sapphire, NC, conveniently close to Asheville, NC, Greenville, SC and Spartanburg, SC.  We will start at 5:00pm on Thursday, November 29 and conclude at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 1.  Dress comfortably, this is a very casual affair.  Be prepared to share your big ideas as we have deep conversations and lots of lateral learning.

Space is limited.  Register early!