Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend

Discover the challenges and opportunities of choosing where and how to relocate in retirement at the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW). 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 virtual tours.

Upcoming Program: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CREW has been postponed indefinitely. We will update the website with information about plans to reschedule as we have it available. Thank you and be safe.

If you are interested in being notified about upcoming CREW programs when it is next safe to schedule, please add your name to the interest list linked below:


Future Dates: TBA

About the CREW Workshop

This practical, 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?

We will help you explore the personal and social aspects of this transition to retirement: 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.

Cost & Registration

Register at

Program Fees*
Friday and Saturday, $500 per person.
Sunday (optional), $75 per person.

*Fees include materials and most meals but not lodging. Accepted payment methods Visa or MasterCard.

In order to register for Sunday’s optional program, you must also register for the Friday & Saturday program.

For questions, call Hannah Furgiuele at 828.250.3871 or

Refund Policy: Refunds will be issued for the program fee, minus a $100 administrative charge, for cancellations made by 5 p.m. on the Friday four weeks prior to the program start date. For cancellations made after 5 p.m. on the Friday four weeks prior to the program start date, 50% of the program fee will be refunded. For cancellations made within 14 days of the start of program, no refund is possible. To cancel, notify OLLI by email

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

Notes for using the online registration system:  Please read these prior to registering.

  • You will need to create an account in order to register (click on “Sign In”)
  • If you are attending as a couple, you can create one account, and that person can register both people.  There will be a screen where you can enter name and contact information for the second person.
  • When entering your credit card information – double check the following to ensure the information is accepted.  If the system does not accept the numbers or information as entered, you will need to pay by check.
    • NO spaces in credit card number
    • NAME exactly as listed on credit card (including middle name/initial/etc).
    • DO NOT click on link for refund policy in payment page (this link can be buggy and result in errors) – see Refund Policy above to read in advance
    • DOUBLE check all information before submitting.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation screen that you have registered after entering your credit card, call us – your registration status will be pending until we arrange payment.
  • Make sure you select the 2-Day or 3-Day option depending on which one you want to attend – they are listed separately in the system.
  • Your “cart” will not save if you log off and log back on.  You will need to re-add the program to your cart.
  • Space is limited and this program fills up quickly.
  • You should receive an email with program information upon your successful registration. If you do not, please contact OLLI at 828.251.6140 or

CREW Agenda

On Friday, you will begin by exploring retirement lifestyles. Do you plan to travel? Take classes? Continue to work or volunteer? Enjoy wellness or creativity? How will these decisions impact your choice of a new community? Couples will gain greater understanding of one another’s expectations about day to day life in retirement. Singles will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities associated with their retirement and relocation decisions.

On Saturday, you will examine criteria for choosing a new community, housing choices to meet long term needs, and how to actually make the move. Friday and Saturday programming is for those considering a move anywhere in the country or the world.

Our optional Sunday program is for those considering Western North Carolina as a potential place to move. Learn about small towns outside of Asheville, cultural and educational opportunities as well as health care resources in Asheville, and an overview of Asheville real estate.


CREW Format

Lively seminars, thought-provoking discussions and practical decision-making tools help you plan your move, from choosing a location and housing to settling into your new community. With about 100 fellow participants, you will hear from local retirees, many of whom relocated to the Asheville area, about their transition to retirement and lessons learned. Relocation professionals will offer tips on how to best navigate the moving process.

Learn practical steps to an exciting retirement and relocation at the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend!


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

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 100 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.

Who attends the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend and what are they seeking?

Typically, participants come from all over the country. Both singles and couples, they are usually in their 50s and 60s. Many are still working though they may be 2-3 years from retirement. Most are interested in relocating and want help determining where and when to make their move. Some, but not all, are interested in learning more about Western North Carolina.

Does CREW address issues for singles as well as couples?

Not only do we encourage singles to attend, we do our best to connect them with one another and to offer programming specifically for them. However we even encourage couples to explore their transition issues individually before negotiating them as a couple. Couples often say CREW helps them open up communication pertaining to retirement and relocation.

In addition to information, what will I gain from CREW?

Printed materials, presenters, panelists and local retirees provide information and insight to help with your planning. Other participants are also a wealth of knowledge; you will likely see that others are asking the same questions as you about this process, and find questions you hadn’t yet thought to ask.

Is CREW about moving to Asheville?

No. CREW is about relocating anywhere, and Friday and Saturday programming is for those who are considering any location in the country or the world. However many attendees are interested in learning about Asheville. For those attendees, we offer an optional program on Sunday including information on other communities in our region, health/cultural/educational resources in Asheville, and Asheville area real estate.

Do I need a car for the weekend?

CREW is held on the University of North Carolina Asheville campus, located a mile north of downtown. No hotels are within walking distance of our campus, therefore most participants rent a car.

What is the refund policy?

Refund Policy: Refunds will be issued for the program fee, minus a $100 administrative charge, for cancellations made by 5 p.m. on the Friday four weeks prior to the program start date. For cancellations made after 5 p.m. on the Friday four weeks prior to the program start date, 50% of the program fee will be refunded. For cancellations made within 14 days of the start of program, no refund is possible. To cancel, notify OLLI by email

CREW Sponsors

Many thanks to these businesses for their support of CREW and of lifelong learning at OLLI at UNC Asheville!

  • The Cliffs
  • LIvingStone
  • Connestee Falls
  • Biltmore Farms Hotel
  • Deerfield
  • Where to Retire
  • Givens Estates
  • Roost Home Watch


Contact Hannah Furgiuele at 828.250.3871 or