COVID 19 INFORMATION:
We are still accepting bookings on a case by case basis
that will allow at least 2 days between stays
to thoroughly clean the lodge.
if you have a group that are familiar with each other and comfortable being together,
we can help - either in our Main Lodge or on the Buffalo Campground.
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RETREATS & creativity RESIDENCIES
a place to re.boot re.juvenate re.invigorate
a wonderlost|wanderlust welcome
Born out of the desire by the founder for a quiet inspirational place to commune with nature and be reinvigorated as a creative person on a sabbatical journey, this 17-acre slice of beauty and serenity is the actualization to create a community for camaraderie and artistic endeavors of various forms. Rewarding experiences occur when we get LOST – lost in thought, lost in a good book, lost in translation, lost in conversation, lost in place. Here you will be allowed and encouraged to do so at your own pace or in a more structured session.
Camp Wonder Wander is open year round and offers general workshops in creativity and graphic design. When the facility is not reserved for these events, there is space for individuals or groups to customize their own retreat. Individuals or groups working on creative projects of any kind will find that the facility has been developed to embody the value of retreat methodology within a natural environment and encourages the fellowship that comes from connecting with others in small communal opportunities. We are committed to aiding participants and short-term residents in connecting to a deep, enhanced level of creativity & camaraderie. Please contact us to coordinate your stay whether it be a weekend, week-long or longer term stay.
The goal is to provide a safe, carefree place for guests and workshop participants (designers, writers, artists, musicians, storytellers, creatives of any discipline or those just seeking a creative outlet) to Get Lost – to explore their inner dreamscapes and rejuvenate one's inner spirit. You will be immersed in and on a beautiful mid-south Tennessee 5-acre property combing pasture with woods in the hills near the Natchez Trace Parkway that is walking distance to the Buffalo River in Lewis County (named after explorer Meriwether Lewis), approximately 1.5 hours from the rich, culturally diverse city of Nashville and 1 hour from Florence, AL from the south and 1 hour from Columbia, TN.
• Be Social !
• Learn something new and engage in new experiences
& discoveries "find a sense of wonder"
• Don't try to multitask,
put the phones away and talk with others
• Eat healthy real food
• Ultimate goal is complex thinking,
by learning to synthesize and see things in a new way
all of these are scientific TIPS FOR AN AGING BRAIN - TO STAY YOUNG AND HEALTHY! that were discussed on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashcroft on July 24, 2015.
These are also the philosophy of the retreat center and Val's methodology in her workshops!
To listen to the entire episode CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE ARTICLE AND AUDIO - make sure to carve out 45 minutes of focused time in the car, doing chores, etc.
CREATIVITY RETREATS &
CUSTOMIZED EVENTS + SESSIONS
We invite creatives who are looking to disconnect in order to reconnect with themselves, who are looking for the permission to have space and time to develop a body of work, to reflect, to escape and dream, or even to get a bit dirty in the process by participating in general activities at our place (start a new trail through the woods, solidify the campfire circle, care for the land or garden). Book your time based on our calendar of availability or join in one of our established workshops. Longer term residencies are available through an application process.
We are looking to collaborate with individuals or groups to bring your own energy and creative vibes to the space for your customized event or session. Whether it's holistic living like a yoga retreat or yoga training session, an artistic group or book club, k-12 educators seeking a customized training session on creativity, a reunion or social group that enjoys hiking and outdoor activities but also wants to try out a small creativity workshop, a management team or non-profit organization, a theater or storytelling group needing a rehearsal venue, the facility may be rented for your purposes.
BOOKS, THE LIFE & LOVE OF...
WEEKEND RETREATS FOR THE BOOKWORM, BIBLIOPHILE, BOOK NERD
WHO WANT TO EXPAND THEIR PASSION FOR BOOKS BY
READING BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS, AND CREATIVE EXERCISES CULMINATING IN MAKING YOUR OWN BOOK