The Musician’s Experience

Wildacres Retreat has hosted music groups whose skills range from beginner to professional.  Musician groups have included dulcimers, flutes, oboes, bassoons, drums, and saxophones, just to name a few.  The retreat offers a range of spaces that such groups find fit their needs perfectly.  Musicians staying at Wildacres have the opportunity to really get away from outside distractions and focus on their music through workshops and opportunities to practice with other musicians.  All stays at Wildacres include lodging, family-style meals in our dining hall, use of program facilities, and full access to our extensive hiking trail system.


  • 165 seat auditorium
  • Smaller meeting/practice rooms within our Lodges
  • Outdoor spaces such as the patio between North and South Lodge and our amphitheater

Sample of musical groups

  • Southern Violin Association
  •  The Way of the Dulcimer
  • James Houlik Saxophone Retreat
  • Wildacres Flute Retreat
  • Glickman Popkin Bassoon Camp
  • John Mack Oboe Camp
  • Junior Appalachian Musicians
  • Jazz Guitar


The studio is a great space for groups wishing good acoustics, an open floor plan, and good lighting. Our dulcimer and drum groups enjoy this space in particular.


Wildacres has a 165-seat auditorium that includes internet connectivity for the ability to include distance learners.


Our outdoor spaces, such as the amphitheater and Lodge patio, are perfect for performances and classes in the fresh mountain air.

indoor meeting SPACES

Wildacres has spaces of different sizes to meet the needs of the groups using the facility.

Next Steps

If you are interested in considering Wildacres Retreat for your non-profit group, you are welcome to call us at 828.756.4573. We can learn more about your group, what you are looking for in a retreat space, and talk more about the potential fit with Wildacres. We look forward to connecting soon!

Musician’s Gallery