Workshops at the Conference Center, September 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.
This Charlotte temple has a long history of coming to Wildacres for Labor Day weekend. Families gather for worship, education, music, and lots of fun.
The "it was a dark and stormy night pottery guild" will meet for their 8th Annual Fall Pottery Retreat. Similar to the Summer version, both emerging and established potters will spend a week of "throwing their life away" as they learn new techniques and refocus on weaker areas. They will use the wheel and hand building to create both functional and artistic pieces. They will fire Sagger, Raku and Cone 10 gas reduction firing methods under the watchful eye of instructor Gary Lee to finish their work.
This Retreat is open to all potters. Contact Rising Sun Pottery for information.
Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies The Eastern Federation has enjoyed holding workshops at Wildacres for the past 43 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.
Organized by the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Little Switzerland, NC, The Women's Retreat is led by Dale Hansel, a retired Methodist Diaconal Minister. Open to a maximum of 25 area residents, friends, and extended family, this retreat focuses on building and strengthening women's friendships—providing support for those seeking to live in ways that make a positive difference not only for the participants but also for others.
The theme of the Retreat each year arises out of real issues and concerns shared during the previous event. Themes have touched on emerging new societal roles for women, finding ways to use time as a source of nurture rather than burden, and looking at life as we grow older in terms of options rather than deficits. Activities include presentations, music, games, informal worship, and guided discussion.
The religious component is always thoroughly ecumenical, drawing on all sorts of traditions and insights. Our goal is never to convince or convert anybody; working together to incorporate the widest variety of insights into a deeper understanding and appreciation of how to live out our shared Faith in the One "from whom all blessings flow."
Contact DALE at 828-765-1582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A.R.E. Members' Retreat at Wildacres: Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.®), is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1931 by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), to research and explore transpersonal subjects such as holistic health, ancient mysteries, personal spirituality, dreams and dream interpretation, intuition, philosophy and reincarnation. This year will be the 31st Annual retreat at Wildacres. The Triangle Area A.R.E. Team (including Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham, NC) currently facilitates the headquarters retreat for A.R.E. members and guests. Attendees hail from various locations including (but not limited to) NC, TN, GA, FL, VA and Canada!
For more information about this year's retreat, including online registration, please visit the A.R.E. website.
MUSIC FOR PEOPLE is dedicated to re-vitalizing your music-making and promoting music as a means of self-expression. We welcome everyone - regardless of musical experience. Maximum 30 folks for this event.
Presenters: Music For People staff members Julie Weber and Mary Knysh
The 14th annual Carolinas WPA fall conference brings together writing program administrators, writing center administrators, and interested faculty and students to participate in small and large group discussions about current issues facing WPAs across the Carolinas. For more information, please contact us via email.
The SFMS sponsors four Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. Three of these workshops are held at Wildacres. This is our 41st year of Wildacres workshops. Our classes this year include some traditional classes such as Chain-Maille, Cold Conections, Beading, Metalwork Special Projects, Wirecraft, Silver Casting, Gourd Workshop as well as some new and interesting classes in Gem Trees, Metalsmithing for Juniors, Stone and Woodcarving, Raku Pottery and Meteorite Symposium. Danny Griffin will present his popular Chasing & Repoussé and Casting, our two most popular classes from last year. All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops.
Our workshop website SFMSworkshops.com contains schedules, class descriptions, instructor bios, registration forms, and the latest information on class availability.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops this year. They are really a lot of fun and the education opportunities are excellent.
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.
Specific information on this year's program TBA.
Since 1992, a group of Gardner-Webb University faculty has gathered at Wildacres for a fall weekend to write, read, and talk about Writing across the Curriculum. Collaborative, active examination—in the magical atmosphere of Wildacres Retreat—of how to use writing to learn and how to improve students’ (and faculty’s) ability to write in their disciplines has contributed significantly to the improvement of teaching and learning at Gardner-Webb. The retreat is open only to Gardner-Webb full-time and part-time faculty.
The United Way Retirees Association consists of some 500 members who have enjoyed careers in United Way organizations across the United States. Members and their spouses have been coming to Wildacres from as far as California each year since 1996 to renew friendships and gain knowledge from informed presenters on subjects of interest well beyond those of their former careers.
Specific information on this program TBA.
Hands on Pottery Workshop. Plan on a week of learning and exploring, focusing on drinking and pouring vessels: mugs, goblets, sake bottles, teapots, etc.
This watermedia class for painters of all levels teaches techniques for producing creative and exciting works of art. Learn to express yourself in an entirely new way. Some collage techniques with rice or other oriental papers will be included. Join us for a fun and creative adventure. For more information, please contact Billie Shelburn.
Explore and create a totem pole for your garden while exploring the ancient art of Mosaic. This magical art form reveals its mystery while we learn to break the rules and resurrect those old ceramic vessels, shards, or found items. In this class we will build forms with concrete, and then apply the mosaic from found items.
This year will mark NAMA's 20th year of celebrating our regional foray at Wildacres. We continue to be excited about the impressive collection of fungal data we have gathered over the years, with new records every year. We expect that to continue. We look forward to seeing old friends again, and welcoming new attendees to the foray. We will spend our days exploring and collecting fungi in areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell, and then examining and cataloging our finds in the pottery shed with the aid of foray participants. Dr. Brandon Matheny will serve as chief mycologist, with support from other mycologists and our gifted amateurs. Evening programs are also planned.
This foray is limited to NAMA membership.
If you are curious about your own spiritual path and the stories and experiences of others, then join us to explore the holiness of the ordinary in our lives. This shared experience offers space to see and make sense of one’s life and experience through discussion, writing exercises, drawing and reading with the intent of producing a short spiritual autobiography. Perhaps you seek continuity between your inner world and the outer world, between your past self and who you are now, or between what you claim to believe and how you live. Perhaps you sense a power beyond yourself that influences and gives greater meaning to your life. It is with this intention, that we write our stories. Contact Kathleen Moloney-Tarr.