PAPER & BINDING
A TENNESSEE RETREAT
in RURAL ROLLING HILLS
This creativity retreat center encourages each visitor to engage in the sense of wonder and practice the act of wandering (let your mind wander... get lost in thought, in a good book, in conversation, in the project flow). Nestled in the high forest of mid-south Tennessee near lovely Hohenwald and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, the camp's main house/lodge is ideally suited to, and welcomes all creatives to congregate for camaraderie and a focused escape from the rigors of daily life that may distract us from our passion for craft in all its forms.
Ideally suited for groups of 6-14 - base price for groups up to 6 and a per person charge thereafter. The house has a large open room with several tables, and when needed lighting for your crafts, along with a 3-season porch with great natural light to spread out even further. Gaze at the morning sunrise or watch the rabbits zig and zag in their outdoor pen. On the back or front porch, the camp cats will want a chance to say hello or borrow your lap and out in the pasture, the donkeys may see you and ask for a treat or a pat. Inside when you are ready to say goodnight you can leave your work in it's place and find comfort in the sleeping quarters ranging from a king with the bunk ensuite, a full size bed in private room, a loft with 6 twin beds, and a day bed with trundle in a happy corner of the pine living room featuring a woodstove. The second bath is on the hall and has a walk in shower.
If the season is right, a fire will crackle as you work and visit with your friends in both the front and back of the house. We'll share fresh eggs and prepare fresh baked bread for each morning of your stay, but all other food is on your own. We may be able to offer items from the garden during harvest, and can provide add-on service to take over one or more meal options. Hohenwald and Waynesboro are both about 20 minute drive and have several restaurants if you want to take a complete break.
The proprietor, Coach Val, recently left her job as a tenured graphic design professor to start this creativity retreat center to meet creative folks from all walks of life. She's exploring expanding the garden to include plants for natural dyes. She would be delighted to add on small workshops such as cyanotype (photos on fabric or paper) or can offer condensed versions of one of her many workshops (listed here). Want to learn more about customizing or improving your use of shapes, creating potato stamps, making your own paper, or bookbinding techniques contact Val to learn more about her specialized workshops. Check out the add-on options on the booking page.
Have you ever wanted to transform your handmade scrapbooking into a printed copy your friends and family can collect?
Book this add-on workshop and Coach Val, a former graphic design professor, will guide you in how to scan and use online resources to create printed books available print on demand. This basic design workshop will also cover typography, basic principles and elements of design to transform your work. This two hour session will include additional individual time for using the camp computer equipment.
If you would rather not spend time cooking, we can help customize a menu for your retreat and help with one ore more meals.
We may have a chef-in-residence intern at the camp during your visit. Val is also a relatively good cook along with her assistants. She has been wheat, corn, and almost dairy-free since 1996. Lately that encompasses gluten-free so she is happy to share cooking and health tips.
A GLIMPSE AT THE SPACE
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ABOUT CAMP WONDER WANDER
Born out of the desire by the VAL, the proprietor and founder, for a quiet inspirational place to commune with nature and be reinvigorated as a creative person on her sabbatical journey in 2015, this 5-acre slice of beauty and serenity is the actualization to create a community for camaraderie and artistic endeavors of various forms. Val really believes that 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 the space for customized creative retreats or booking general workshops in creativity and graphic design. When the facility is not reserved for these formal events, you can request to customize or create your own adventure in the rural rolling hills of mid-south TN near Hohenwald. 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 (crafters, quilters, scrapbookers or thrifters, 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. Activities nearby include hiking the Natchez Trace and other state parks, horseback riding at Calico Junction, off-road adventure at the nearby mud park, and Hatha yoga at our site upon request.
more about Val & the animals
During your visit you are invited to say hello to the camp Donkeys. Smokey is a miniature Jack standing at 32" tall. His lady friends are Pearl who is a miniature with gray spots, standard size Momma's Pepper (gray) and Willow, and their miniature daughters Sugar and Cookie.
Val was a graphic design professor for 20+ years and has now in 2018 turned coach and curator of creative experiences. She was a girl scout growing up and also a leader for 5 years. She loves handcraft and is interested in creating all sorts of opportunities at the camp from collage, traditional candle making, to a new found passion for ceramics.
The camp cats have a few jobs to manage including catching bugs and field mice (bopping them on the heads:) and looking cute for your pictures or drawings. They are itching to be your muse and maybe asking you to sit to borrow your lap. At the front house is buttercup and cutey petewty. There are other cats on duty at the back of the property.