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Workshops at the Conference Center, October 2020

Groups marked with an * are open to the public. Contact those groups directly if you are interested and would like to participate in their program held at Wildacres Retreat.

Expressive Arts Collective

The Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective is a group of faculty members from 5 colleges and 6 departments at Appalachian State University whose common interest is the use of dreams and the creative process for personal and professional growth. Members of the Collective are arts therapists and artists who teach together, study together, and participate in personal growth experiences together. Appalachian State University offers both Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy and training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) for individuals who hold a master's degree in a mental health-related area. For more information, please visit the respective websites or contact us using the links below.

EAC website: www.ced.appstate.edu/departments/hpc/programs/expressive_arts/


GIM website: music.appstate.edu/bonny-method

email: mckinneych@appstate.edu


Lifelong Learning is a club of over 1,000 members in Sun City, located in Indian Land, SC. We are dedicated to bring many different topics to our members.

This year we will be joined by Nora Brooks (www.norabrookshistoricalpresentations.com), for lectures on Presidents Grant and Adams with a very female twist.

Family Medicine

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.

website: med.unc.edu/fammed

Queens University

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.


Art workshops organized by Redux Contemporary Art Center of Charleston, SC.  See redux website listed below for more details.

website: reduxstudios.org

email: tai@reduxstudios.org

Fall Gathering*

View of fall foliage and mountains $435 for six nights lodging and 17 meals

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.

We will take participants in the order that we receive your payments and a completed application. We will only accept fall gathering registrations postmarked August 1 or later. We can only take a certain number of quilters or potters due to workspace limitations. Please expect to have a roommate as we will likely fill all the available lodging spaces.

email: wildacres@wildacres.org

website: Fall Gathering Registration Form will be available a week or two before the opening registration date.

phone: 828.756.4573

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