Nelson County boasts more than a dozen churches (find a list here). But it is Nelson’s concentration of ‘alternative’ spiritual groups that have been raising both consciousness and eyebrows for decades. Spiritual retreats including Synchronicity, The Monroe Institute, and the Buddhist Serenity Institute, attract devotees worldwide. Why Nelson County? Some say its the confluence of magnetic force lines over Afton Mountain – but whatever the reason, there is no lack of opportunity to explore your inner self here in Nelson County.