Wildacres Retreat Wildacres Lodge

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.


East Tennessee PmC guild
October 2 - 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.


wildacres Songwriting Retreat*
October 2 - 6

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 fbradburn@yahoo.com


Christianity in a postmodern world
October 2 - 6

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


Lifelong Learning Sun City
October 9 - 12

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.


Family Medicine
October 12 - 15

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 13 - 15

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.


Carolina captured*
October 17 - 22

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 19 - 22

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/

email:atkinsss@appstate.edu

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

email: mckinneych@appstate.edu


Wildacres Musical Gathering*
Musicians perform.TBA

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.

phone: 828-756-4573


Fall Gathering*
October 23 - 29

View of fall foliage and mountains $360 for six nights lodging and 17 meals  
UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED and has a waiting list.

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 July 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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