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Workshops at the Conference Center, October 2018

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.

wildacres Songwriting Retreat*
October 1 - 5

Join award winning songwriter and educator, Freddy Bradburn, for a week-long journey into the creative process. Participants will bring projects or ideas for projects to work on and discuss during the week, or generate new material while they are here. Mornings we will meet and discuss the creative process and other relevant topics, and then go off to write. Afternoons will be mostly free time to enjoy the beautiful mountains in early October. Evening will be filled with jam sessions and song circles. While the workshop will center on songwriting, I have found the creative process is similar across disciplines, so poets, and writers, are also welcome.

Contact Freddy Bradburn at fbradburn@yahoo.com

East Tennessee PmC guild
October 1 - 5

The East Tennessee Chapter of the PMC Guild has a mission to gather local PMC artisans of all skill levels and interests together in a creative atmosphere to provide education, share knowledge, encourage and inspire each other, and advance our artistic development. We are an informal group dedicated to sharing our passion for all types of metal clay through good fun, food, and fellowship. We do this by creating an open environment in monthly meetings where we can share ideas and technical information, as well as by hosting demonstrations, workshops and retreats for our members.

Carolina captured*
October 2 - 7

PhotographersSince 2005, Carolina Captured has been a unique workshop and community for photographic artists at Wildacres. The class explores many facets of Blue Ridge mountain image-making, emphasizing interpretation of the picturesque mountain landscape, as well as documentation of the cultural and historical subjects of Appalachia.

A dense shooting itinerary over several days and a final group critique with multiple instructors round out the Tuesday-Friday schedule. (An additional 2-days of shooting, Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, are available as a supplement to the core workshop.) The workshop is predicated on the notion that image review, instructor feedback, and peer interaction are essential to artistic growth. Participants are generally at an intermediate level, comfortable with their equipment and competent with digital camera techniques, image downloading and basic processing workflows using Lightroom, PS/Bridge and Photoshop.

For more information, visit the website at www.carolinacaptured.com.

Expressive Arts Collective
October 4 - 7

The Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective is a group of faculty members from 5 colleges and 6 departments at Appalachian State University whose common interest is the use of dreams and the creative process for personal and professional growth. Members of the Collective are arts therapists and artists who teach together, study together, and participate in personal growth experiences together. Appalachian State University offers both Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy and training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) for individuals who hold a master's degree in a mental health-related area. For more information, please visit the respective websites or contact us using the links below.

EAC website: www.ced.appstate.edu/departments/hpc/programs/expressive_arts/


GIM website: music.appstate.edu/bonny-method

email: mckinneych@appstate.edu

Carolina Clay Connection Clay/Sculpture Retreat*
October 5 - 7

Explore your ideas and create a clay sculpture during this weekend workshop. This class is open to the public but priority will be given to returning students. For more information, please contact Jinny Hargrave.

email: carolinaclay@aol.com

Lifelong Learning Sun City
October 8 - 11

Jerusalem: Yesterday - Today – Tomorrow or the Levant in the past 4,000 years

Our guest speaker is Professor James Tabor, UNCC, who also organizes and leads an archeological exploration in Jerusalem.

Lifelong Learning is a club of over 700 members in Sun City, located in Indian Land, SC.

Christianity in a postmodern world
October 8 - 12

Ours is a group that meets regularly to discuss books on topics we find relevant to today’s society. If nothing else, the retreat promises to encourage open dialogue and fresh thinking. This meeting is not open to the public.

email: frsias@gmail.com

Family Medicine
October 11 - 14

The University of North Carolina Statewide Department of Family Medicine, with residencies at Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, Hendersonville, Monroe and Wilmington, has held an annual faculty retreat at Wildacres since the late 1970s. This annual gathering of UNC Family Medicine faculty has produced amazing collaborative projects to benefit the health of North Carolinians. Our residencies have an outstanding track record for educational commitment and service to their communities and the state. For more information, please visit our website.

website: med.unc.edu/fammed

Queens University
October 12 - 14

The McColl Leadership Challenge

Since 1982 students, faculty and staff from Queens University of Charlotte's McColl School of Business have gathered for a weekend at Wildacres. Launched by Herman Blumenthal and Billy O. Wireman, the Blumenthal Conference focused on ethical issues in business. Building on that tradition, in 2006, the name and direction changed and the McColl School--BB&T Leadership Challenge now focuses on debating various philosophies underpinning capitalism and in exploring leadership. In partnership with Vertical S. A., a leadership consulting firm, the outdoors is used as a means for teaching leadership and communication skills as well as teamwork skills.

Wildacres Art Week*
October 15 - 21

Announcing the Wildacres Art Workshops for 2018. Below are the classes that will be offered, the teachers, and the tuition.

WEEK III: October 15-21, 2018

* Denotes new classes

Check-in will begin at 3:00 pm on  Monday, October 15 with checkout after breakfast on the final day. Tuition includes all classes and room and board, (6 nights and 17 meals), based upon 2 people per room. Single rooms, if available, will have an additional fee of $250. Classes will be held each morning from 9:15-12:15, with teachers being available as needed throughout the day. Studios are open and available all day, every day. Meals are served at 8 am, 12:30 pm, and 6 pm. (Dinner on the opening night will be at 6:30 pm.)

For complete class descriptions and teacher biographies, please see the following link:
website: Wildacres Art Week

Supply lists for each class will be provided by the teachers after registration. All classes are available on a first-come basis. To register, please complete the registration form and send with a deposit check of $300 made payable to Amy Rice Blumenthal. Deposits are refundable until September 15, 2018 for Week III. Mail to Amy Blumenthal (WAW), at 4015 Foxcroft Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211. Final payments will be due no later than September 15, 2018 for the October classes.

We are all quite excited for these classes, and I look forward to seeing you all next year! ---Amy Blumenthal (amyblum52@gmail.com)

Nature Printing Society*
October 22 - 28

The Nature Printing Society will hold its 2018 Workshop once again at the Wildacres Retreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Our previous Wildacres Workshops were so favorably received that we felt the call to return.

This year's affair is being coordinated by Andrew Jenson and Lori Loftus with class wrangling headed up by Bridget Benton.

The Registration Form may be downloaded by clicking this link. Acceptance to the Workshop will be based on postmark date. Please follow the guidelines as presented. Early registrations will not be accepted.

You need not be a member of the NPS to attend the annual Workshop, though we would love to have you join us. Click this link to see information about becoming a member.

Fall Gathering*
October 29 - November 4

View of fall foliage and mountains $425 for six nights lodging and 17 meals

Enjoy the autumn beauty of Wildacres while working on your own project. Writers, artists, potters, musicians, jewelry makers, others with something to accomplish are all welcome. We intend to have readings, entertainment, and sharing in the evenings, but no formal programming during the days and no instruction. We do ask that everyone attending have a project to work on and not to come for a vacation.

We will take participants in the order that we receive your payments. We will only accept fall gathering registrations postmarked August 1 or later. We will only take a certain number of quilters or potters because of space limitations. Please expect to have a roommate as we will likely fill all the available spaces.

email: wildacres@wildacres.org

website: Fall Gathering Details and Registration Form

phone: 828.756.4573

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