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
We have begun the scheduling for the 2014 Wildacres season. If you would like to bring a group to Wildacres next year, contact us at 828-756-4573 or in Charlotte at 704-688-2305.
Applications for the 2014 Wildacres Residency Program are now being accepted. To access the on-line application, or for more information about the program, go to the residency page. The deadline for applying is January 15, 2014. The first residencies will be in late April and continue through October. For the first time, we are accepting applications for two week residencies and we can also accommodate two people collaborating on a project. The Laurel cabin is fully accessible and we welcome residents who need ADA accommodations.