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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

Thursday, August 11, 2022
Camp Doremi
Monday, August 15, 2022
B'nai B'rith
Monday, August 22, 2022
Southeast Federation
Monday, August 22, 2022
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club
Monday, August 22, 2022
Creative Clay-Fall
Monday, August 29, 2022
Table Rock Writers
Monday, August 29, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
ETSU-Continued Learning
Friday, September 2, 2022
Temple Beth El
Monday, September 5, 2022
Rising Sun Pottery
Monday, September 5, 2022
Eastern Federation
Friday, September 9, 2022
Oncology Nursing Society
Monday, September 12, 2022
Southeast Federation
Monday, September 12, 2022
Cynthia Bringle Pottery
Monday, September 12, 2022
Carolinas Writing Program Administrators
Monday, September 19, 2022
Creative Watercolor Techniques
Monday, September 19, 2022
East Tennessee PMC Guild
Thursday, September 22, 2022
The Mushroomers
Friday, September 23, 2022
Music for People
Friday, September 23, 2022
StrongHer TogetHer
Monday, September 26, 2022
Art Therapy and Yoga Retreat
Monday, September 26, 2022
Wildacres Fall Star Party
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Association for Research and Enlightenment
Monday, October 3, 2022
Global Folk Music Retreat
Monday, October 10, 2022
Sun City Lifelong Learning
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Department of Family Medicine
Monday, October 17, 2022
Florida Society of Goldsmiths
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Jazz Guitar Weekend
Thursday, October 20, 2022
The Way of the Dulcimer
Monday, October 24, 2022
Redux Retreat III
Monday, October 31, 2022
Fall Gathering

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.