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
Wildacres is in the middle of our 70th season and we have had wonderful programs throughout the first half of the year. The late summer and fall portion of the schedule is full of great sessions on a big variety of subjects. We hope that we will see you on the mountain later this season. Please check out our schedule.
The registration form for the annual fall gathering is now on this site and we will begin processing those on Monday, July 27. The gathering usually fills quickly and we will take the first 120 people who send in their form along with full payment.
The application period for 2016 residencies is now open. You can apply directly through the website. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2016. (Please note: while residencies are still free, there is now a $20 application fee to help offset some of our costs.)
Dave Lovett Named Next Resident Manager of Wildacres
This winter Mike and Kathryn are moving to their new home in Yancey County, about 30 minutes from Wildacres. Dave Lovett, who has been the caretaker for the past six seasons, will take over the role as Resident Manager. We are excited that Dave and his wife Sherry will be guiding the future of Wildacres and feel like the mountain will be in excellent hands. Mike and Kathryn will be commuting to work for the 2016 season and will help with the transition that will take place over the next few years. We are currently looking for a new caretaker to begin work in the spring of 2016. This person would live here year round and oversee the care and upkeep of the buildings and grounds.