Wildacres Residency Program


The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble – to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills. I produce nothing but words; I consume nothing but food, a little propane a little firewood. By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself.

Philip Connors, American essayist and author

In 1999, Wildacres Retreat opened our residency program for artists.  Since that time, we have had the opportunity to host hundreds of writers, artisans, and musicians. Participants in the program stay in one of three self-catering cabins located just a quarter-mile beyond the retreat entrance. One of the cabins is completely ADA compliant and another can house two residents working on a project together.

Using the space provided by the three cabins, Wildacres hosts approximately seventy artists each year for one-week residencies from April through October. Residencies begin on Monday afternoons and run until Sunday mornings. While there are landlines at each residency cabin, there is no internet access in the cabins, and cellphones do not typically connect except in the main part of the retreat where we do have WiFi access.  The residency program allows artists the solitude and inspiration needed to begin or continue work on a project in their particular field of creative arts.  Past residents tell us that being able to work in such a secluded, natural setting provides them with an unparalleled opportunity to step away from outside distractions and completely focus on their work.

Wildacres residencies are offered at no cost to participants.  Residents have the option to eat in the dining room with other residents, guests, and staff, or they may prepare their own meals in their cabin.  Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Wildacres, as well as while they are at the retreat.  They are also responsible for any supplies they may need during their residency.  As the residencies are intended to be working retreats, spouses/partners, guests, and pets are not permitted.


Laurel Cabin



We allow two people collaborating on a project to come together and stay in Azalea cabin, which has a loft to accommodate a second person. When two candidates apply for a joint residency, we ask them each to complete the residency application stating the nature of their joint project and indicating the name of their co-resident.  Each of them should also submit their resume and work samples.  We then present both packets together for review by our committee.

Each year we offer a few two-week residencies. Individuals wishing to apply for a two-week residency are required to answer questions on the application specifically about that length of stay. Our two-week residencies are very limited and not guaranteed.

Owl’s Nest Cabin

Candidates interested in a residency may apply using our online application.  Applications will go live on this page on August 1st.  Completed forms must be submitted no later than midnight (EST) on October 15th to be considered by our selection committee.  There will be a $30 non-refundable processing fee to apply for a residency.  Residencies must be completed in the year they are awarded. We are unable to carry residencies over to subsequent years.

Our Selection Committee is comprised of artists, writers, musicians, actors, scholars, and former residents. They review candidate applications by discipline. The residency program is open to all artistic disciplines.  We ask that candidates who have been awarded residencies wait to apply for a subsequent residency for two years.

Our residency application process will reopen on August 1, 2024, for the 2025 season. 

Thank you to all those candidates who have applied for residencies this season.

The beautiful part of Wildacres isn't the work you are able to accomplish, but the way the mountain fills you, clearing the clogged pathways between you and your artistry.
Christopher Lysik
Playwright and Musician
Thank you for your mission as a whole, and for being such a gift to North Carolina (and more) artists like me. My week in Azalea cabin was a boon to my art, and I know it will be to my career.
Kathi Scott Crawford
Many thanks to all of the staff for being so friendly and helpful and providing great food, lovely facilities, and a supportive environment. I so appreciate you!
Kathy Cornwell

Residency Gallery