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Workshops at the Conference Center, May 2017

Groups marked with an * are open to the public. Contact those groups if you are interested and would like to participate in their program at Wildacres Retreat.


Try It On*
May 1 - 5

Try It On is back for a fourth year and the lively, lovely three-day artist workshop is a great time to be on the mountain. We have gathered some of our favorite teachers and friends of Wildacres to provide excellent instruction: printmaking, pottery, acrylic painting, creative watermedia, writing short fiction, photography, songwriting, and storytelling.

Registration and orientation will be on Monday, May 1 with classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There will be special programs and entertainment in the evenings, and the session ends after breakfast on Friday, May 5. The cost of four nights lodging, meals, and classes is $350. Really!

Call a friend, join those that already know how great it is!

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Go to the link below for more information.

website: Try It On

email: wildacres@wildacres.org


Storytelling near fire pit.North Carolina Storytelling Guild*
May 5 - 7

Program details TBA.

Registration and more info:
email dianne@diannehackworth.com.


Discovery place blue ridge outdoor adventure weekend*
may 5 - 7

Renowned naturalists and outdoor professionals will lead classes and workshops, hikes and explorations, demonstrating the skills, knowledge and experience you need to make the most of your time in the Appalachian Mountains. Guest speakers, trail hikes, night hikes, star viewing and more.

Call 704- 372-6261 for more information and registration, or visit our website.

website: nature.discoveryplace.org/explore/events/discovery-place-nature-exploration-weekend


Kumandi Drum and Dance Camp*
May 8 - 14

Participants drumming and dancing.The spring 2017 event will be our 32nd camp. Drummers, dancers, singers and performing groups from communities all over the U.S. come together to experience and learn the high-energy and celebratory music, dance, and culture of West Africa. An optional drum-making workshop (additional cost) can provide you a finished African drum in a fun and fascinating day-and-a-half experience. The teaching staff includes up to fifteen African and American instructors. Chuck Cogliandro, director of Kumandi Drums in Atlanta, organizes the event. The 130 participants include men, women and children, both professional musicians and absolute beginners and a full spectrum between. The event includes yoga, massage practitioners, energy healers, and an uplifting spiritual presence. The Friday and Saturday evening performance concerts are open to the public without charge. For more information and registration, please contact Chuck at Kumandi Drums.

website: kumandi.com

email: chuck@kumandi.com

phone: 404-966-5800


Appalachian State University's Annual Expressive Arts Institute*
May 15 - 19

In this expressive arts institute, we will engage in individual and community art-making to explore the practice of attending to the creative process in life and in therapy. Studio workshops integrating clay, visual arts, movement, poetry, music, writing, ecotherapy, ritual, and performance invite artistic inquiry and renewal. As we inter-weave expressive arts theories with studio art-making throughout this course, we will examine possibilities for tending our inheritance by claiming our unique creative response/ability.

This intensive institute is offered both as a graduate course in the Department of Human Development & Psychological Counseling and as Continuing Education through the National Board of Certified Counselors (28 Continuing Education Clock Hours available). Additionally, the institute meets the training/education requirements toward the Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) and Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator (REACE).

Please contact us to register at asuexa@appstate.edu.


Guided Imagery and Music, Level 1 - ASU
May 15 - 19

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a music-centered depth approach to transformational therapy that uses selected sequences of classical music to support the generation of and movement through inner experiences. In GIM, the music serves as a catalyst and container for imagery allowing one to access and explore both the depths and the heights of the human experience. Appalachian State University offers all three levels of training in GIM for music therapists and other qualified mental health professionals. For more information, please visit our web site or contact Dr. Cathy McKinney.

website: music.appstate.edu/academics/special-programs/bonny-method-guided-imagery-and-music

email: mckinneych@appstate.edu


Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing *
May 19 - 21

To write about our lives in a way that affects others and affirms our common humanity, we must be willing to leap — with all our passion, fear, and longing — into the fire.

Since 1974, The Sun has published the kind of brave, revealing writing that lives up to the magazine’s motto: “What is to give light must endure burning.” We invite you to join Sun readers, authors, and staff for a weekend of celebrating the written word. The authors will lead workshops geared to bring forth the best in your own essays, short stories, and poems. A Readers Write session will help get your pen moving. There will be opportunities to speak with editor and founder Sy Safransky. And the weekend will also include readings by Sy and the authors.

You don’t have to think of yourself as a writer to attend, because the best part of a Sun gathering is getting to meet people who appreciate the magazine’s compassionate, unflinching view of the world as much as you do. We hope you’ll join us.

website: www.thesunmagazine.org

phone: 919-942-5282


Cello Chill*
Cello playersMay 22 - 28

Adult amateur cellists love to play music together, but opportunities to do so are limited. If you are an adult amateur cellist looking for an opportunity to play with other cellists at an inspiring place with inspiring cello instructors and participants, you should join us at Wildacres for Cello Chill! Erin and Jorge Espinoza are returning this year to lead our program. Thomas Maternik-Piret will join them in teaching. They are professional cellists who have performed and taught workshops in the US and abroad. They are also patient and supportive cello instructors. When appropriate, they incorporate fun and humor into their teaching, which is a trait that adult cello students appreciate! Please contact Kim Smith for details about the program and for registration information.

email: cellochill@gmail.com


Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies
May 22 - 28

The Eastern Federation has enjoyed holding workshops at Wildacres for the past 44 years. During the week-long sessions, we offer participants of member clubs the opportunity to take classes in gem cutting, jewelry making and various other aspects of the earth science hobby. The sessions also feature prominent speakers and field trips as well as other interesting activities.

Contact: Steve Weinberger

email: info@efmls-wildacres.org

website: efmls-wildacres.org/


Creative Sculpture WITH JUDY MOONEY and mac mccusker*
may 22 - 28

SculptureThis workshop will provide the resources for you to explore and discover how to create the sculpture you have been dreaming about. You will learn to use different materials and techniques to make your clay stronger and achieve things you never thought possible.

This week is about helping you accomplish your goals. Bring your ideas and dreams and be ready to sculpt. Your sculpture can be people, animals or your own inspiration. You will work from photographs, sketches or whatever inspires you. This workshop is designed for all skill levels and each artist will receive individualized instruction specific to their project.

For more information:

email: judymooney@bellsouth.net

phone: 912.713.3543


Tao of Dulcimer Retreat*
May 25 - 28

DulcimersDon Pedi has been playing the dulcimer since 1969. He's been practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan and related healing and meditation arts since 1971. A gifted player and teacher, Don shares his knowledge in a relaxed, friendly, and non-competitive manner, creating an atmosphere conducive to everyone learning at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcomed. Visit Don's website for details and a complete workshop schedule.

website: Don Pedi

phone: Don Pedi at (828) 689-9126


Guided Imagery and Music III B- ASU
May 29 - June 4

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a music-centered depth approach to transformational therapy that uses selected sequences of classical music to support the generation of and movement through inner experiences. In GIM, the music serves as a catalyst and container for imagery allowing one to access and explore both the depths and the heights of the human experience. Appalachian State University offers all three levels of training in GIM for music therapists and other qualified mental health professionals. For more information, please visit our web site or contact Dr. Cathy McKinney.

website: music.appstate.edu/academics/special-programs/bonny-method-guided-imagery-and-music

email: mckinnych@appstate.edu


Musician playing bassoon.Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp*
May 29 - June 8

Master classes with world-famous bassoonists, in reedmaking, literature and performance.

Open to bassoonists of all ages and ability levels. Under 18 must have parent/guardian in attendance.

web site: bassooncamp.com

email: amber@bassooncamp.com


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