Facilities and Grounds
Facilities and Grounds
Facilities and Grounds
Facilities and Grounds
Facilities and Grounds

Bringing a group to Wildacres Retreat

Wildacres’ conference center facilities are used by more than 80 nonprofit groups each season, and most of these groups return year after year. Quite a few of our groups have been coming for decades.

We encourage new groups to experience Wildacres.

Groups should be nonprofit organizations and come with their own educational program. Wildacres Retreat will provide meeting/recreational facilities, lodging, food service, housekeeping, and most equipment needs.
Retreats traditionally begin with the evening meal on arrival day and then end after breakfast on the last day the programming ends.
Wildacres Retreat can accommodate up to 120 guests. Wildacres books retreats and events on a year-to-year basis with first choices going to returning groups.
For more information about booking Wildacres Retreat, contact the
Resident Manager at (828) 756-4573 or wildacres@wildacres.org

Wildacres Buildings
& Grounds

North and South Lodge

Guests stay in one of our two lodges which have a total of 56 dual occupancy bedrooms. Each room has a private bathroom and accommodates two guests. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms.
There is a large meeting room on the lower level of each Lodge.  Depending on how the two meeting spaces are used, they can comfortably accommodate 20 -60 guests.  The North Lodge Meeting Room also houses one of Wildacres’ four pianos.

165-seat Auditorium

Used for group meetings, lectures, and the many musical concerts and recitals that are held during the master music programs each summer. The adjacent reference library is available for small group sessions and for use by individuals.  The auditorium houses one of Wildacres’ four pianos.

The Dining HALL

Three family-style meals are served here each day.

The patio

Our patio is located between the lodges, and is an excellent location for group meetings and larger social functions.  It’s also a favorite location for early morning coffee and tea and to watch the sunsets!


The studio is a great space for groups wishing good acoustics, an open floor plan and/or good lighting. Our dulcimer and drum groups enjoy this space in particular.  It can hold between 20 – 40 guests depending on set up.  The Studio houses one of Wildacres’ four pianos.

lapidary Studio

Wildacres has a fully equipped lapidary workshop that’s currently used by groups that come to the center for jewelry making or lapidary workshops.  There are four separate classrooms that can each hold 8-12 individuals depending on the workspace set up/needs.

Outdoor amphitheater

Finished in 2003, the amphitheater provides a beautiful spot for outdoor meetings, gatherings, and campfires.

indoor meeting SPACES

Wildacres has spaces of different sizes to meet the needs of the groups using the facility.  Several not already listed are the Library, the upper level of our Pottery building, and two smaller meeting rooms in lower North Lodge.


Pottery Studio

The Wildacres pottery studio was opened in 1991. Our pottery studio is fully equipped and is used by many pottery groups. Ceramics has become a wonderful part of the programs of Wildacres Retreat.  Equipment was purchased with a grant from the Fletcher Foundation and the studio was designed by Norm Schulman, a nationally known potter.  The facility is used by various potters for workshops and by other groups offering pottery classes as part of their programming.
The pottery studio contains fourteen potter’s wheels, slab roller, extruder, drying booth, worktables, two gas kilns, and two electric kilns. It is a great working space for 16 to 18 people.

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