Wildacres Retreat Wildacres Lodge

Workshops at the Conference Center, September 2019

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.


Pottery workshopRising Sun Pottery*
September 2 - 8

The "it was a dark and stormy night pottery guild" will meet for their 10th Annual Fall Pottery Retreat. Similar to the Summer version, both emerging and established potters will spend a week of "throwing their life away" as they learn new techniques and refocus on weaker areas. They will use the wheel and hand building to create both functional and artistic pieces. They will fire Sagger, Raku and Cone 10 gas reduction firing methods under the watchful eye of instructor Gary Lee to finish their work.

This Retreat is open to all potters. Contact Rising Sun Pottery for information.

website: RisingSunPottery.com

email: Gary Lee at RisingSunPottery@BellSouth.net


Eastern Federation of Mineralogical Societies
September 2 - 8

Jeweler at work.Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies The Eastern Federation has enjoyed holding workshops at Wildacres for the past 45 years. During the week-long sessions, we offer participants of member clubs the opportunity to take classes in gem cutting, jewelry making and various other aspects of the earth science hobby. The sessions also feature prominent speakers and field trips as well as other interesting activities.

website: efmls-wildacres.org/

email: info@efmls-wildacres.org


Carolina Blue Ridge Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society
September 6 - 8

Our weekend retreat brings together oncology nurses from throughout the southeast. This will be our 21st annual retreat, with the last thirteen being at Wildacres. In addition to having a speaker and offering continuing education credits, we offer yoga, massage, and evening entertainment. Our goal is to give attendees an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and network with other nurses. For more information, please contact Pearl Abernathy.

website: blueridge.vc.ons.org/announcements

email: pearl.abernathy@msj.org


The Association FOR Research and Enlightenment*
September 12 - 15

A.R.E. Members' Retreat at Wildacres: Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.®), is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1931 by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), to research and explore transpersonal subjects such as holistic health, ancient mysteries, personal spirituality, dreams and dream interpretation, intuition, philosophy and reincarnation. This year will be the 33rd Annual retreat at Wildacres. The Triangle Area A.R.E. Team (including Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham, NC) currently facilitates the headquarters retreat for A.R.E. members and guests. Attendees hail from various locations including (but not limited to) NC, TN, GA, FL, VA and Canada!

For more information about this year's retreat, including online registration, please visit the A.R.E. website.

website: edgarcayce.org

email: louumscheid@gmail.com


Music For People*
September 13 - 15

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

website: Music For People website


Carolina Writing Program Administrators
September 16 - 18

The 16th annual Carolinas WPA fall conference brings together writing program administrators, writing center administrators, and interested faculty and students to participate in small and large group discussions about current issues facing WPAs across the Carolinas. For more information, please contact us via email.

website: carolinaswpa.org

email: morset@ecu.edu


Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies*
September 16 - 22

Jeweler at work.The SFMS sponsors four Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. Two of these workshops are held at Wildacres. This is our 42nd year of Wildacres workshops. Our classes this year include some traditional classes such as Advanced Casting, Beginning Chain/Fusing, Cold Connections, Intro to Gem ID, Metal Clay, Stone Inlay, Electro-Etching/Wood Inlay, and Silver 1. All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops.

Our workshop website SFMSworkshops.com contains schedules, class descriptions, instructor bios, registration forms, and the latest information on class availability.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops this year. They are really a lot of fun and the education opportunities are excellent.

website: SFMS Workshops

e-mail: wildacresregistrar@gmail.com

phone: 865-357-7917


Cynthia Lee Handbuilding*
September 16 – 22

Using slabs, pinch and coil methods, beginning to advanced students will make pieces with a flare of decorative sculptural embellishments. These items can be functional or simply for decorative use. Demonstrations include small wall ornaments, plates and bowls.

website:www.cynthialeeceramics.com

email: freeleeclay@gmail.com


Tao of Dulcimer Retreat*
TBA

Don Pedi sits with dulcimers.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.

website: Don Pedi

phone: Don Pedi at (828) 689-9126


Gardner-Webb University Faculty
“Writers across the Curriculum”

September 19 - 22

Since 1992, a group of Gardner-Webb University faculty has gathered at Wildacres for a fall weekend to write, read, and talk about Writing across the Curriculum. Collaborative, active examination—in the magical atmosphere of Wildacres Retreat—of how to use writing to learn and how to improve students’ (and faculty’s) ability to write in their disciplines has contributed significantly to the improvement of teaching and learning at Gardner-Webb. The retreat is open only to Gardner-Webb full-time and part-time faculty.


Pottery gobletsCynthiA Bringle Pottery Workshop*
September 23 - 29

Hands on Pottery Workshop. Plan on a week of learning and exploring, focusing on drinking and pouring vessels: mugs, goblets, sake bottles, teapots, etc.

email: cynthiabringle@gmail.com

website: www.cynthiabringlepottery.com

phone: 828.765.0240


Creative Watermedia Technique*
September 23 - 29

This watermedia class for painters of all levels teaches techniques for producing creative and exciting works of art. Learn to express yourself in an entirely new way. Some collage techniques with rice or other oriental papers will be included. Join us for a fun and creative adventure. For more information, please contact Billie Shelburn.

email: billiews@frontier.com

phone: 678.910.1192


Mosaic artMagic and Mystery of Mosaic *
September 23 - 29

This magical art form reveals its mystery while we learn to break the rules and resurrect those old ceramic vessels, shards, or found items. In this class we will be creating a mosaic for home or garden based on the theme of Altars, Temples and Shrines.

email: pambrewercreates@gmail.com


North American Mycological Association*
September 26 - 29

This year will mark NAMA's 22nd year of celebrating our regional foray at Wildacres. We continue to be excited about the impressive collection of fungal data we have gathered over the years, with new records every year. We expect that to continue. We look forward to seeing old friends again, and welcoming new attendees to the foray. We will spend our days exploring and collecting fungi in areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell, and then examining and cataloging our finds in the pottery shed with the aid of  foray participants. Dr. Brandon Matheny, Associate Professor at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will serve as chief mycologist, with support from other mycologists and our gifted amateurs. Evening programs are also planned.

This foray is limited to NAMA membership.

See our website for additional details.

website: www.namyco.org

email: Glenda O'Neal (glendakoneal@yahoo.com)


writing Your Spiritual Journey*
September 26 - 29

Writing instructor Kathleen Moloney-TarrIf 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.

email: leaders@mindspring.com

website: kathleenmoloney-tarr.blogspot.com


East Tennessee PmC guild
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 4

The East Tennessee Chapter of the PMC Guild has a mission to gather local PMC artisans of all skill levels and interests together in a creative atmosphere to provide education, share knowledge, encourage and inspire each other, and advance our artistic development. We are an informal group dedicated to sharing our passion for all types of metal clay through good fun, food, and fellowship. We do this by creating an open environment in monthly meetings where we can share ideas and technical information, as well as by hosting demonstrations, workshops and retreats for our members.


Wildacres Creative Process Art/Yoga Therapy*
September 30 - October 6

Writing instructor Kathleen Moloney-TarrJoin us for a week in the Blue Ridge Mountains during beautiful peak color season. This art/yoga therapy retreat has class options for everybody. This week includes all lodging, meals, classes, yoga and entertainment. Just bring yourself and an open mind.

Art therapist Micah Goguen MA will lead a class on Hand building in Clay: Face Planters; Artist Brenda Pinnick will lead a class in Painting: Capturing Nature; Yoga provided daily by Pegi Vaughn of Breathe Studio in Forsyth. We will also have a special drawing workshop by Koreloy McWhirter who is a local artist and printmaker. She and her husband Bruce Greene will also offer live musical entertainment that represents the Appalachian heritage.

Massage service offered by Rachel Swinney.

website: micahgoguen.com/workshop/20725/wild-acres-2019-planting-creative-seeds


wildacres Songwriting Retreat*
September 30 - October 4

Join award winning songwriter and educator, Freddy Bradburn, for a week-long journey into the creative process. Participants will bring projects or ideas for projects to work on and discuss during the week, or generate new material while they are here. Mornings we will meet and discuss the creative process and other relevant topics, and then go off to write. Afternoons will be mostly free time to enjoy the beautiful mountains in early October. Evening will be filled with jam sessions and song circles. While the workshop will center on songwriting, I have found the creative process is similar across disciplines, so poets, and writers, are also welcome.

Contact Freddy Bradburn at fbradburn@yahoo.com


Log Cabin Readers
September 30 - October 4

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.

email: frsias@gmail.com


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