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.
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.
Have you often thought that you should write a book about your life? Perhaps you want to record your family history for your grandchildren or want to celebrate the memories you have of a loved one. Join nationally-known author and writing workshop facilitator, Robin A. Edgar, for her annual weekend life-writing retreat, open to anyone who is interested in life-writing, regardless of skill level or experience. Fees for this weekend retreat include five interactive sessions and a double-occupancy room for two nights with five meals. The Candy Fund (TCF) www.thecandyfund.org provides scholarships to women, 21 years of age or older and reside in Western North Carolina, for up to $250 or 50% of tuition/program costs (whichever is less).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don Pedi has been playing the dulcimer since 1969. He's been practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan and related healing and meditation arts since 1971. A gifted player and teacher, Don shares his knowledge in a relaxed, friendly, and non-competitive manner, creating an atmosphere conducive to everyone learning at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcomed. Bruce Greene will be joining Don for the Saturday night concert. Visit Don's website for details and a complete workshop schedule.
phone: Don Pedi at (828) 689-9126
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
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