Workshops at the Conference Center, October 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.
Amateur Astronomers from the Carolinas will again assemble at Wildacres for their Fall Star Party. Large telescopes will be set up for viewing the outer planets, Uranus and Neptune along with several of the brighter asteroids. In the deep sky, star clusters and nebulae can be seen at their best in the superb Wildacres sky. During the day, informal talks about telescopes and astronomical subjects will be presented. Everyone is invited to attend both daytime and evening activities.
email: Gayle and Joyce Riggsbee
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. Cost is $500.
Contact Freddy Bradburn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 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.
Don 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. Bruce Greene will be joining Don for the Saturday night concert. Visit Don's website for details and a complete workshop schedule.
phone: Don Pedi at (828) 689-9126
The musical gathering is an opportunity for individuals to come to Wildacres to work on their musical projects. Participants can come to compose, practice, or work with others on their own musical pursuits. There may be workshops added to this event and details will be forthcoming.
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.
In a refresher course we all need, Professor Eddie Lee from Winthrop University will talk about our Founding Fathers and the struggle to write and implement the US Constitution in 1787. The focus will be on Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, as well on the anti-federalist papers.
LLL is one of the many clubs in www.suncitycharlotte.com with a weekly program covering interesting and challenging topics.
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.
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.
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 begin taking fall gathering registrations postmarked on July 1. 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.