Wildacres Retreat Wildacres Lodge

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.


Temple Beth El Retreat
September 1 - 4

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.


Pottery workshopRising Sun Pottery*
September 4 - 10

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.

website: RisingSunPottery.com

email: Gary Lee at RisingSunPottery@BellSouth.net


Eastern Federation of Mineralogical Societies
September 4 - 10

Jeweler at work.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.

website: efmls-wildacres.org/

email: cscrystals2@verizon.net


Tao of Dulcimer Retreat*
September 7 - 10

Don Pedi sits with dulcimers.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.

website: Don Pedi

phone: Don Pedi at (828) 689-9126


The Association FOR Research and Enlightenment*
September 14 - 17

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.

website: edgarcayce.org

email: louumscheid@gmail.com


Music For People*
TBA

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

website: Music For People website


Carolina Writing Program Administrators
September 18 - 20

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.

website: carolinaswpa.org

email: morset@ecu.edu


Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies*
September 18 - 24

Jeweler at work.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.

website: SFMS Workshops

e-mail: Rosemary van Wandelen

phone: 386-479-1509


Cynthia Lee Handbuilding*
September 18 - 24

Specific information on this year's program TBA.

website:www.cynthialeeceramics.com

email: freeleeclay@gmail.com


Gardner-Webb University Faculty
“Writers across the Curriculum”

September 22 - 24

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.


United Way Retirees Association
September 25 - 28

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.

email: tricia.smith@uww.unitedway.org


wildacres Fall Star Party*
September 25 - 28

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

phone: 704-846-3136


North American Mycological Association*
September 25 - 28

Specific information on this program TBA.


Pottery gobletsCynthiA Bringle Pottery Workshop*
September 25 - October 1

Hands on Pottery Workshop. Plan on a week of learning and exploring, focusing on drinking and pouring vessels: mugs, goblets, sake bottles, teapots, etc.

email: cynthiabringle@gmail.com

website: www.cynthiabringlepottery.com

phone: 828.765.0240


Creative Watermedia Technique*
September 25 - October 1

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.

email: billiews@frontier.com

phone: 678.910.1192


Mosaic artMagic and Mystery of Mosaic - Totems *
September 25 - October 1

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.

email: pambrewercreates@gmail.com


North American Mycological Association*
September 28 - October 1

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.

website: www.namyco.org

email: Glenda O'Neal (glendakoneal@yahoo.com)


writing Your Spiritual Journey*
September 28 - October 1

Writing instructor Kathleen Moloney-TarrIf 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.

email: leaders@mindspring.com

website: kathleenmoloney-tarr.blogspot.com


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