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Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend

Next program June 5-7, 2015 - WAITLIST ONLY 

Considering Relocation in Retirement?

Discover the challenges and opportunities of choosing where and how to relocate in retirement at the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW). This practical,OLLI members at the computer action-planning workshop will help you consider:

  • What retirement lifestyle suits me?
  • Am I ready to relocate?
  • Which community is the best fit for me?
  • What type of housing will meet my needs now and for years to come?
  • How will I find community in my new hometown?
  • What do I do with all my stuff?

About the Workshop 

CREW is an educational program that will give you an understanding of retirement lifestyle choices. You will gain increased confidence in whether, where and how to relocate, no matter where you are thinking about moving. For those interested in the Asheville area, we offer an optional Sunday program that includes information sessions and small group tours.

We will help you explore the personal and social aspects of this transition: How will a move affect your relationships and identity? Should you start over in a new location? How can you remain productive and lead a meaningful life in your new community? At CREW, you will be able to make concrete plans to enter and embrace an exciting retirement, wherever you move.


June 5-7, 2015 (waitlist only)

June 3-5, 2016 (registration opens June 8, 2015)

Cost & Registration

The 2015 CREW program is full.  Call 828.250.3871 to be added to the waitlist, or to be notified when registration for 2016 is open.

Register before May 15
Friday and Saturday, $400* per person.
Sunday (optional), $50 per person.

Register on or after May 15
Friday and Saturday, $450* per person.
Sunday (optional), $75 per person.

*Fees include materials and most meals but not lodging. 

To be added to the waitlist, call Laurel Jernigan at 828.250.3871.  If space becomes available, you may pay with a Visa or MasterCard, or by mailing a check.

Refund Policy:  Your registration fee is refundable (minus a $50 administrative fee) until May 15, 2015.  After May 15, your fee is refundable minus a $75 administrative fee.  You may defer participation for one year.

Registrants will receive a complete agenda, program details and directions one month before their program.


Contact Laurel Jernigan at 828.250.3871 or

Paths to Creative Retirement

What is the difference between the “Paths” and “CREW” programs?OLLI members

We offer another retirement planning program called Paths to Creative Retirement (Paths) twice a year - spring and fall.  Paths helps participants plan a meaningful retirement that matches their values and priorities, whether or not that includes relocation. 

Both workshops address mid- and later-life transition issues. Paths focuses on personal transitions to a meaningful retirement, including timing, identity, relationships and, for some, relocation. CREW focuses on the challenges and opportunities of relocating, specifically, and all other issues are seen through that lens.

Another difference is size: Paths limits enrollment to 35 people to accommodate an intensive and highly-interactive format of facilitated small group discussions. Paths participants receive personal attention as they consider next steps toward a meaningful retirement. CREW brings about 75 attendees together in a large group format incorporating interaction with peers in some discussion groups. Participants can expect to leave CREW with the ability to make more informed decisions about relocating.

Last edited by on May 20, 2015