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Welcome to Wildacres

North Carolina Conference Center

 

Wildacres Retreat is a non-profit retreat and North Carolina conference center serving other non-profit groups conducting educational or cultural programs on topics such as music, art, science, pottery, lapidary, interfaith dialogue, quilting, and creative writing. We are also a great location for staff and board retreats for other non-profit organizations. Wildacres Retreat takes group reservations only.

At an elevation of 3,300 feet, Wildacres Retreat is situated on just over 1200 acres atop Pompey’s Knob, not too far from Mt. Mitchell and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.

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Wildacres' Story
Wildacres Retreat has been a part of Western North Carolina history since the early 1900’s.
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The Roots of Wildacres

Wildacres Retreat has been a part of Western North Carolina history since the early 1900’s, and has been open as a retreat for non-profit organizations and groups since 1946.

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Upcoming Retreats

Monday, April 8, 2024
Masonry Heater Association
Monday, April 15, 2024
Southern Violin Association
Monday, April 15, 2024
Spring Gathering
Friday, April 19, 2024
Wildacres Leadership Initiative-Board Meeting
Monday, April 22, 2024
Senior Scholars
Friday, April 26, 2024
Discovery Place
Monday, April 29, 2024
Junior Appalachian Musicians
Thursday, May 2, 2024
Southern Star
Monday, May 6, 2024
Community Sound Drum and Dance
Monday, May 13, 2024
Eastern Federation
Friday, May 17, 2024
Casting Carolinas
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Celebrating Diversity: Art Therapy & Yoga
Thursday, May 23, 2024
The Way of the Dulcimer
Thursday, May 23, 2024
Carolina Clay Connection
Thursday, May 23, 2024
Expressive Arts Community
Friday, May 24, 2024
NC Storytelling Guild
Monday, May 27, 2024
Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp
Monday, May 27, 2024
Bonny Method of GIM Level II
Friday, June 7, 2024
John Mack Oboe Camp
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Robert Dick Contemporary Flute
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Sycamore Hill Writers
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Wildacres Flute Retreat
Saturday, June 22, 2024
James Houlik Saxophone Retreat
Sunday, June 30, 2024
Storytellers' Wild Week
Sunday, June 30, 2024
Wildacres Writers Retreat
Sunday, June 30, 2024
Bonny Method of GIM Archetype and Spirituality
Saturday, July 6, 2024
Wildacres Writers Workshop
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Redux Art Retreat I
Sunday, July 14, 2024
EdNC's Leadership Retreat for the GRA
Sunday, July 21, 2024
Redux Art Retreat II
Monday, July 29, 2024
Wildacres Interfaith Institute
Monday, July 29, 2024
Bonny Method Music for GIM
Thursday, August 1, 2024
Greater Carolina Association of Rabbis
Sunday, August 4, 2024
UNCA SciComm Scholars Institute
Thursday, August 8, 2024
B'nai B'rith
Friday, August 9, 2024
WLI All Fellows Gathering
Monday, August 12, 2024
Charlotte NC Woodcarvers Club
Monday, August 12, 2024
Creative Clay
Monday, August 12, 2024
Southeast Federation
Thursday, August 22, 2024
Edgar Cayce's ARE
Monday, August 26, 2024
Table Rock Writers/Solatido Songwriters
Monday, September 9, 2024
Southeast Federation
Monday, September 9, 2024
Edwina Bringle Textile Retreat
Monday, September 16, 2024
Cynthia Bringle Pottery
Monday, October 14, 2024
Redux Retreat III
Thursday, October 17, 2024
Wildacres Leadership Initiative-Seminar 4

As a CEO of a non-profit, I can’t say enough about our group retreat. The beautiful grounds of Wildacres was the perfect backdrop for retreat and renewal for our organization.
Jefferson Smith
CEO of New Beginnings
The sense of camaraderie among the different ethnicities, religions, social and economic differences is a true example of founders I.D. and Madolyn Blumenthal’s decision to dedicate Wildacres Retreat "to the betterment of human relations.”
Gary Lee
Owner - Rising Sun Pottery
Wildacres magic is certainly born from its quiet and simple beauty. It is when we carry those gifts back down from that mountain that the real magical power of Wildacres is revealed.
Clark Denniston
MD

Our Values

In the Spring of 1946, Wildacres Retreat was dedicated “to the betterment of human relations” in the hope that through their experiences at the retreat, groups and guests would learn to live together in harmony in the “real world.”

 

At Wildacres Retreat, we believe that diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential ingredients to fulfilling our founding purpose. We believe in the importance of learning from one another and expanding our perspectives in the process. Varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics can find common purpose in the pursuit of just and equitable human relations. As a community, we support an environment in which all are welcome and respected. We intentionally engage people of diverse ages, ethnicities, races, religions or philosophical beliefs, political affiliations, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, nationalities, and socioeconomic statuses in order to build authentic, trusting relationships across these differences. In all that we are and all that we do, Wildacres is an environment free of discrimination, rich with respectful dialogue across differences, and steadfast in its commitment to, and pursuit of, the betterment of human relations.