Welcome to Wildacres Retreat,
a North Carolina Conference Center
Wildacres Retreat is a conference center offering its facilities to non-profit groups conducting educational or cultural programs on topics such as music, art, science, religion, lapidary, craft and writing. It is also available for staff and board retreats for non-profit organizations.
At an elevation of 3,300 feet, Wildacres is situated on 1,600 acres atop Pompey's Knob, a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Conference center facilities at Wildacres Retreat include indoor meeting spaces of various sizes; a 165 seat indoor auditorium for lectures and concerts; a 200 seat amphitheater for outdoor gatherings; a fully equipped lapidary workshop and pottery studio; a dining hall serving three family style meals daily; and 57 double-occupancy bedrooms, each with a private bath.
Additionally, the Wildacres residency program allows guests to spend one week each in Owl's Nest, Laurel, or Azalea Cabins while concentrating on a specific project. See the residency page for more information.
I.D. and Madolyn Blumenthal dedicated Wildacres Retreat in 1946 for the betterment of human relations and interfaith dialogue.
Wildacres News and Events
The 2014 Spring Gathering will be May 19-25 and registration has begun. The cost for the gathering is $340 for lodging and 17 meals. The gathering is open to writers, artists, potters, musicians, jewelry makers, quilters and others with a project. There is no instruction at the gatherings. Register by sending payment in full along with a completed registration form. There are about ten spaces left in the spring gathering and then we will start a waiting list.
The Fall Gathering will be held the last week of the Wildacres season, beginning on Monday, October 27 and ending on Sunday, November 2. It is a great time to be on the mountain and a great way for us to end the season. We will not accept any registrations until Monday, June 16.
The 2014 Wildacres schedule is now on this site. We expect to have the dates finalized for the last few groups (those marked TBD) very soon. There may be space for small groups that are interested in having a program this season. Contact Wildacres at 828-756-4573 for more information.