Hermitages – places where people live in seclusion for a period of time to commune with God – have long been a part of many faith traditions. Solitude and silence can provide transformative space to heal and grow. The Hermitages were built in 2008 as a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina and the Valle Crucis Conference Center. They are used by anyone seeking renewal and retreat. Writers, artists, teachers, and people of many faith backgrounds have loved this place.