Workshops at the Conference Center, October 2014
Groups marked with an * are open to the public. Contact those groups if you are interested and would like to participate in their program at Wildacres Retreat.
This workshop, led by Chuck Cogliandro of Atlanta, provides the opportunity to explore and gain insight into difficulties in your current family relationships, or in your family of origin. By looking into your family's ancestral lineage, you may discover new perspectives on those that came before you, and turn conflicts into understanding. This is an interactive group experience where participants will share and support one another. Drumming for the ancestors will also be part of the workshop. Limit of 12 participants. For information and registration, please see the website www.kumandi.com or call 404-966-5800.
MUSIC FOR PEOPLE is dedicated to re-vitalizing your music-making and promoting music as a means of self-expression. We welcome everyone - regardless of musical experience. Maximum 30 folks for this event.
Presenters: Music For People staff members Julie Weber and Mary Knysh
Join nationally known author and writing workshop facilitator, Robin A. Edgar, for her 10th annual writing retreat. Perfect for anyone that needs to jump start their book idea or wants to record their family history, the weekend retreat is open to anyone interested in writing, regardless of skill level or experience. $295.00 fee includes: five interactive sessions; an optional one-on-one with the instructor; and a double-occupancy room for two nights with five meals.
REGISTRATON DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 5, 2014. Women residing in Western North Carolina who are 21 years of age or older are eligible to receive a $50.00 discount. Returning participants are eligible to receive a $100 discount. Qualified applicants will need to register in full by the registration deadline for the discount to be applied.
To register, please contact Robin Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.robinedgar.com.
A clay sculpture workshop led by Chase Winfield and Jinny Hargrave. Explore your ideas and create a clay sculpture during this weekend workshop. This class is open to the public but priority will be given to returning students. For more information, please contact Jinny Hargrave.
The Nature Printing Society is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the education, history and practice of the art of nature printing. This will be our third time at the beautiful Wildacres Retreat.
Our workshops teach people of all skill levels and backgrounds to enjoy creating art using natural objects (leaves, grasses, shells, fish, etc.) with time honored artistic traditions of printing and other art forms. We also encourage our members to share these skills and experiences with their communities, especially schools and local art centers.
Although the Workshop is currently full, there is a waiting list. Visit the Nature Printing Society website for details and information on the Workshop and how to become a member.
The Lifelong Learning Club in Sun City, Indian Land, SC organizes about forty stimulating and educational lectures per year to keep 1,300 members mentally engaged. We found out that alertness and stimulation in a beautiful setting is very much heightened at Wildacres and a great tradition. Our retreat at Wildacres in 2013 was such a success that we will be back in the fall of 2014 to enjoy nature, music, and friendship.
Ours is a group that meets regularly to discuss books on topics we find relevant to today’s society. If nothing else, the retreat promises to encourage open dialogue and fresh thinking. This meeting is not open to the public.
Spend a beautiful time in October improving digital photography skills and expanding your "visual knowledge base". Our team of instructors can accommodate all levels of experience — regular Wildacres attendees that have an interest in photography are welcome! Now in its sixth year. For more information, please contact Kelly Culpepper.
The University of North Carolina Statewide Department of Family Medicine, with residencies at Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, Hendersonville, Monroe and Wilmington, has held an annual faculty retreat at Wildacres since the late 1970s. This annual gathering of UNC Family Medicine faculty has produced amazing collaborative projects to benefit the health of North Carolinians. Our residencies have an outstanding track record for educational commitment and service to their communities and the state. For more information, please visit our website.
The McColl Leadership Challenge
Since 1982 students, faculty and staff from Queens University of Charlotte’s McColl School of Business have gathered for a weekend at Wildacres. Launched by Herman Blumenthal and Billy O. Wireman, the Blumenthal Conference focused on ethical issues in business. Building on that tradition, in 2006, the name and direction changed and the McColl School--BB&T Leadership Challenge now focuses on debating various philosophies underpinning capitalism and in exploring leadership. In partnership with Vertical S. A., a leadership consulting firm, the outdoors is used as a means for teaching leadership and communication skills as well as teamwork skills.
If you are curious about your own spiritual path and the stories and experiences of others, then join us to explore the holiness of the ordinary in our lives. This shared experience offers space to see and make sense of one’s life and experience through discussion, writing exercises, drawing and reading with the intent of producing a short spiritual autobiography. Perhaps you seek continuity between your inner world and the outer world, between your past self and who you are now, or between what you claim to believe and how you live. Perhaps you sense a power beyond yourself that influences and gives greater meaning to your life. It is with this intention, that we write our stories. Contact Kathleen Moloney-Tarr.
The Charlotte Art League was established in 1965 to promote cultural enrichment and creative expression for emerging and professional artists. Since the inception of the Art League, members have enjoyed a weekend workshop at Wildacres. This year, in lieu of an instructor, CAL member Timmy Hord will host the weekend to explore fellowship, art and sharing with each other. Come with artistic vision, personal supplies and a thirst to share ideas, procedures, and perspectives of each others art. Participants will create individually and the group will brainstorm, share perceptions and discuss how the projects progressed.
Wildacres Art Workshops is an exceptional week-long retreat experience for artistic immersion and creative camaraderie in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Open to adult students of all skill levels, these workshops are designed to inspire the experienced artist to explore new methods and ideas, and acquaint the novice with methods and techniques in a selected discipline.
Small class sizes ensure individual attention to your work and creative goals. Workshops are scheduled in the mornings, and studios remain open to all registered students outside of class schedules. Faculty demonstrations in methods and materials will take place throughout the week, inviting you to consider a spectrum of artistic approaches to enhance your creative exploration.
This week’s program includes: Clay Studio, Passionate Pastels, Photographic Storytelling, Printmaking, and Studio Painting and Drawing. Upon completion of a weeklong workshop, participants may be awarded Ringling College CEUs.
Enjoy the autumn beauty of Wildacres while working on your own project. Writers, artists, potters, musicians, jewelry makers, others with something to accomplish are all welcome. We intend to have readings, entertainment, and sharing in the evenings, but no formal programming during the days and no instruction. We do ask that everyone attending have a project to work on and not to come for a vacation.
We will take participants in the order that we receive your payments. We will begin taking fall gathering registrations on June 16. We will only take a certain number of quilters or potters because of space limitations. Please plan to come with a roommate as we will likely fill all the available spaces. If there are single rooms available we will notify all those registered.
website: Registration Form