Welcome to Wildacres Retreat,
a North Carolina Conference Center
Wildacres Retreat is a conference center offering its facilities to non-profit groups conducting educational or cultural programs on topics such as music, art, science, religion, lapidary, craft and writing. It is also available for staff and board retreats for non-profit organizations.
At an elevation of 3,300 feet, Wildacres is situated on 1,600 acres atop Pompey's Knob, a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Conference center facilities at Wildacres Retreat include indoor meeting spaces of various sizes; a 165 seat indoor auditorium for lectures and concerts; a 200 seat amphitheater for outdoor gatherings; a fully equipped lapidary workshop and pottery studio; a dining hall serving three family style meals daily; and 57 double-occupancy bedrooms, each with a private bath.
Additionally, the Wildacres residency program allows guests to spend one week each in Owl's Nest, Laurel, or Azalea Cabins while concentrating on a specific project. See the residency page for more information.
I.D. and Madolyn Blumenthal dedicated Wildacres Retreat in 1946 for the betterment of human relations and interfaith dialogue.
Wildacres News and Events
- The deadline for the 2015 Wildacres Residency program has passed. The selection committee will make their decisions and those selected will be notified around March 1. The application process for the 2016 program will begin in early summer. Thanks to all those that applied.
- Wildacres is now closed for the winter and the 69th season was a big success. Thanks to all participants, teachers, staff and group leaders that make Wildacres a special place. The 70th season will begin on April 9th with the Southern Star Astronomical Convention. We are currently working on the 2015 schedule and it should be on this site around February.
There may be space for some new small groups to come to Wildacres next season. Now is a good time to contact us as we are placing all the returning groups on the schedule and then we will work on adding new groups. Contact Wildacres for more information.