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
Try It On returns to the schedule after a two year absence. We have invited some of our favorite friends and teachers and will have eight wonderful classes in art, pottery, photography, writing, and nature studies. The program is from Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22 and the cost for room and board and instruction is $350. Click here for more information, class descriptions, and registration form. Register today, bring a friend and enjoy a great time at Wildacres.
The annual Spring Gathering begins Monday, May 23 and ends on Sunday, May 29. Registration begins Friday, March 11, and we ask that everyone send a completed registration form along with the fee of $360. The gathering brings artists, writers, musicians, quilters and others together to work on their own projects for a productive and most enjoyable week. Click here for information and the registration fee.
Dave Lovett Named Next Resident Manager of Wildacres
This winter Mike and Kathryn are moving to their new home in Yancey County, about 30 minutes from Wildacres. Dave Lovett, who has been the caretaker for the past six seasons, will take over the role as Resident Manager. We are excited that Dave and his wife Sherry will be guiding the future of Wildacres and feel like the mountain will be in excellent hands. Mike and Kathryn will be commuting to work for the 2016 season and will help with the transition that will take place over the next few years.