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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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An opportunity for artists to concentrate on a specific creative arts project.
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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.


Upcoming Retreats

Monday, April 10, 2023
Masonry Heaters Association
Monday, April 17, 2023
Spring Gathering
Friday, April 21, 2023
WLI Board Meeting
Monday, April 24, 2023
Senior Scholars
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Southern Star
Monday, May 15, 2023
ASU Guided Imagery and Music I
Monday, May 15, 2023
Eastern Federation
Monday, May 15, 2023
GTCC English/Humanities Faculty Retreat
Friday, May 19, 2023
Casting Carolinas
Monday, May 22, 2023
NC AP Partnership
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
The Way of the Dulcimer
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Art Therapy/Yoga for Healthcare Workers
Friday, May 26, 2023
NC Storytelling Guild
Monday, May 29, 2023
ASU Guided Imagery and Music II
Monday, May 29, 2023
Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp
Friday, June 9, 2023
John Mack Oboe Camp
Saturday, June 17, 2023
James Houlik Saxophone Retreat
Saturday, June 17, 2023
Wildacres Flute Retreat
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Robert Dick Contemporary Flute
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Florida Society of Goldsmiths
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Sycamore Hill Writers
Sunday, July 2, 2023
ASU Guided Imagery and Music IIIB
Sunday, July 2, 2023
Storytellers' Wild Week
Sunday, July 2, 2023
Wildacres Writers Retreat
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Wildacres Writers Workshop
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Redux Art Retreat I
Sunday, July 23, 2023
Redux Art Retreat II
Monday, July 31, 2023
ASU Guided Imagery and Music IIIA
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Greater Carolina Association of Rabbis
Monday, October 23, 2023
Redux Retreat III

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

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.