Are you a community service leader looking for a different kind of leadership development experience?

The Blue Ridge Institute may be just what you are looking for…

A week-long encounter that includes seminars with national experts speaking on topics relevant to community leaders today, planned family friendly group activities that encourage professional relationships, and plenty of fun and relaxation to renew your energy and passion for your work.

The Blue Ridge Institute – discover,  refresh,  and renew.

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Clear your mind of outside stressors and discover all this conference has to offer.  Stimulating conversations, thought-provoking and amazing presentations by national speakers and proven solutions for leadership.

Be inspired by who is presenting at this year’s conference…

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Join the activities, just relax and let go of everything beyond the moment.  Connect with your social service peers as you have fun.  The comradery and friendships last a life-time.

Discover the week’s fun that awaits…

And everyone is better for it.

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Enjoy a rustic retreat amid the beauty of Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park.  Spend a special week in this remote resort away from business and life’s pressures.

Enjoy the peaceful stillness, as well as time to reconnect with your family, peers and the space around you.

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About The Blue Ridge Institute

The Blue Ridge Institute (BRI) has been meeting every summer since 1927! We have a long standing history of supporting, renewing, and fostering leadership within the community.

By design, BRI is unlike most professional development conferences. Held in one of the most beautiful and bucolic American state parks in the mountains of southern Tennessee – away from the hustle and bustle of the working world – we find time to focus on new perspectives and renew our inner reserves.

Thought-provoking professional development sessions each day lead into afternoons and evenings that offer a variety of optional activities from canoeing, hiking, and cookouts to softball and dancing. Many participants choose to spend their time more quietly: relaxing, reading, or discussing the day’s presentation with new colleagues and long-time friends.

Additionally, BRI offers the opportunity to bring your family along and have your children or grandchildren attend their own age appropriate leadership camp while you are enjoying the presentations!

This type of learning environment is not for everyone. However, if you are a proven leader in your community and you are looking to network and connect with like-minded professionals in a casual setting, this is the conference experience for you!

Please select the button below to submit your application to join this fantastic group of smart, high achieving leaders.

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From The Front Porch - BRI Blog

5 Tips to Better Digestion

5 Tips to Better Digestion

(through the eyes of Ayurveda) As Americans, we tend to live in a fast paced, hustle and bustle world. We get up first thing in the morning toast in hand, coffee in to-go mug and fly out the door to  start our hectic day. From there, we may have a “power lunch” where we eat while

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Ayurveda — The Knowledge of One’s Life

Ayurveda — The Knowledge of One’s Life

I am so excited to share with you not only the beauty of yoga and Ayurveda/wellness in upcoming blogs, but to share with you how to use these principals to create a healthier physical, mental and emotional foundation in which to live your best life in.  Now who could use that to sustain our passion

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The Day After

The Day After

The lake at Fall Creek Falls looks and feels different on Saturday morning than it does on Friday. In fact, everything at the Falls looks and feels different the day after the final BRI session. A few people have lagged behind, milking the most of their cabin rentals and taking an extra day to relax,

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BRI has been a tremendous opportunity for both me AND my daughter.  We have learned a lot,
made life-long friends and grown closer.  I am grateful for this chance for world-class development
while also spending time with my family!

Susan McGrath
Susan McGrathCocoa Beach, FL

The leadership training I've gathered is both in-depth and transferable. The concepts
I've garnered serve my team and me throughout the year.  So, I'm back every year!!

Steve Bogus
Steve BogusLouisville, KY

Each year I leave the conference refreshed and renewed, and begin counting the days for the next year’s gathering.
Throughout the year I regularly call upon the professional network of resources I have gained through BRI.
It’s been an invaluable gift to me and to the communities I serve.

Eileen Coogan
Eileen CooganPalm Harbor, FL

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