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 now open for our 70th season and we have a full schedule of programs throughout the year. The 2015 schedule of events is now available on this site and we hope to see you here for one of the wonderful workshops that we host.
There may be space for some new small groups to come to Wildacres next season. Now is a good time to contact us as we have placed all the returning groups on the schedule and are finding openings for new groups. Contact Wildacres for more information.
The Ringling College of Art and Design holds three wonderful art workshops at Wildacres, with the first two happening on successive weeks beginning July 12 and July 19. Instructors from Ringling teach a variety of art classes to adult students of all skill levels. For more information, go to the Ringling website, www.ringling.edu/retreat.