Programs

2024 Programs At A Glance

Registration Open!

SOLD OUT! Women Writers Summer Workshop
Thursday-Saturday, June 13-15, 2024

Eco printing + Mother Nature’s monoprint
with Andi Dandelion

Saturday, June 22, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

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Women Writers Fall WorkshopThursday-Saturday, September 12-14, 2024

Beginning to Love Printmaking with Andi Dandelion
Saturday, October 12, 2024

Second Annual Holy Hikes Retreat | Following Jesus Along Native Paths of Wisdom 
Sunday-Wednesday, October 20-23, 2024

Exploring Christian Poetry with Katerina Whitley
November 2, 2024

Annual Advent Retreat with Katerina Whitley
December 7, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SOLD OUT | Women Writers Summer Workshop
Thursday-Saturday, June 13-15, 2024
Katerina Whitley
Housing in the Mission House; Program in Crab Orchard Hall
$267 covers lodging & meals; $127 commuter rate

Katerina WhitleyIf you have dreamt of writing but have hesitated, this may be your opportunity. Join the Summer Writing Workshop, together with other Valle Crucis women writers, many of whom have been attending the workshop since 2007. We write, read + share together; we are a community of writers.

Join master author Katerina Whitley as we explore ways to express ourselves in writing. This is a full two-day retreat, with options for commuter and one-day pricing. The program will be held in Crab Orchard Hall, with lodging in the Farm House.

Writing is often a lonely pursuit. You may find that it's much easier to write in the company of like-minded people and with the guidance of a professional who loves to encourage others in the craft of writing. Join this group of women writers to capture memories, define thoughts, express emotions, and bring order out of chaos. New writers are most welcome, for one or more workshops.

A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Whitley has worked as a church journalist on the diocesan and national levels, taught at universities, and is the author of eight books and hundreds of articles, including a stunning new memoir, Myth and Memory: My Childhood in WWII Greece.

Register for the Women Writers Summer Workshop Here


Eco Printing Art

Eco Printing & Mother Nature's Monoprint
Saturday, June 22, 2024, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Andi Dandelion
Program in Crab Orchard Hall
$51.50 covers snacks, materials, and a fabulous facilitator

Using a mixture of rusted metals and alum, we will make a boiling pot of mordant in which to print the essence of collected plants on cardstock paper. This technique falls under the simple and satisfying category of printing. It is often full of surprises and beauty. Additionally, we will be mono-printing found natural objects using ink and paper. Please join Andi and bring a healthy dose of curiosity and a willingness to inspire and be inspired by others on their creative journeys.

Andi Dandelion portraitAndi Dandelion is a community social worker, an artist, and an active participant in, leader of, and advocate for the artist community of the High Country. You can follow her on Instagram at Soulcrafted1.

Register for the Eco Printing & Mother Nature's Monoprint workshop here!

 

 

 

 


Women Writers Fall Workshop
Thursday-Saturday, September 12 - 14, 2024

If you have dreamt of writing but have hesitated, this may be your opportunity. Join the Fall Writing Workshop, together with other Valle Crucis women writers, many of whom have been attending the workshop since 2007. We write, read + share together; we are a community of writers.

 


Beginning to Love Printmaking with Andi Dandelion
Saturday, October 12, 2024

Join us here in the High Country as the leaves begin to change and the mountains are covered in glorious colors. In this beginner's level class, you will gain a working knowledge of basic printmaking skills.

We will explore the use of positive and negative space to create an image. Once a block is complete, you will have the opportunity to transfer your hand carved image from the block to a wide selection of different paper surfaces. Additionally, you will be able to print using a variety of colors and experiment with how color influences an image's presentation. By the end of the workshop, you will have created a tiny print (3x2in) as well as a postcard sized (4x6in) print. You are encouraged to think about what images you are interested in creating and bring any objects or pictures that might inspire you.

Andi Dandelion is a community social worker, an artist, and an active participant in, leader of, and advocate for the artist community of the High Country. You can follow her on Instagram at Soulcrafted1.


Second Annual Holy Hikes Retreat 
Following Jesus along Native Paths of Wisdom
A joint program with St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church
Sunday-Wednesday, Oct 20-23, 2024

$465 single/private Inn room with meals
$390 double/shared Inn room with meals
$240 commuter rate (with breakfast/lunch)

Come grow in faith during the most beautiful time of year in the High Country! Daily hikes of varying abilities will be offered by Holy Hikes of WNC as well as morning and evening talks this year's speaker, the Rev. Dr. Timothy Ross. Tim Ross--a pastor, professor, missionary, spouse, dad, citizen of the Western Cherokee Nation who lives in Johnson City--will share on the intersection of Christian spirituality and Native wisdom and spirituality.  
 
In the 1980’s and 90’s, Tim and his family lived among the Maasai of Kenya. Tim pastored the Hopwood Christian Church at Milligan University from 1996-2023. He is an instructor for Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan and a consultant with NAIITS, a seminary created by Christians of the First Nations. Tim is Director of Pastoral Care for Christian Missionary Fellowship International. His loves include time with family, tending bees, and walking the mountains.
 

Explore local hiking trails in the fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Different hiking abilities and mobilities are welcome. You can also choose to enjoy downtime at the retreat center, local spas, the nearby Nordic sauna, visit nearby Boone, Banner Elk, or Blowing Rock, or drive through the country on  mountain roads. Join us in the high country this fall to hike, grow in faith, and encounter the God who made it all.

Register for this Holy Hikes Experience Here!

 


Exploring Christian Poetry with Katerina Whitley
Saturday, November 2, 2024

In the great prophets of the Old Testament we hear the cadences of poetry. In the great Christian poets of the past few centuries we hear the truths of prophecy.

  • Is there a difference between prophet and poet when they are people of profound
    faith?
  • Are there Christian poets or simply poets who happen to be Christian?
  • Who are the great poets in the Christian tradition?

These are questions we will address at a special retreat led by Katerina Whitley from 10:00 to 3:00. She will examine poets of the Renaissance, the Victorian era, and the 20th and 21st centuries. Accomplished poets of the Valle Crucis Women’s Writer Workshop will lead willing participants in the craft of writing a poem. Both men and women are welcome.