A TENNESSEE RETREAT
in RURAL ROLLING HILLS
REBOOT. REIGNITE. REINVIGORATE. REJOICE. REST.
REJUVENATE YOUR SPIRIT, PASSIONS, FRIENDSHIPS
REEVALUATE. RECONNECT. RECOLLECT. RESTORE.
ENJOY A TENNESSEE RETREAT.
Need an excuse to escape the hubbub and chaos of 'holidays' or just a chance to put yourself first, then these special events may be just what you are seeking. Are you solo, but seeking opportunity to meet other solos?
Whether you have a craft, art, writing or other creative project on the back burner, just want a quiet getaway in nature or to sit still and read, or are interested in creative workshops then join in:
November 25-30, 2019
December 29 - January 2, 2020
February 13 - 16, 2020
PERMISSION GRANTED: To be selfish in pursuit of self healing, health & well-being, rest, connecting with your inner spirit, centering and mindfulness.
PERMISSION GRANTED: To get LOST in a good book, in thought, in conversation, in discovery, in sense of place. To get lost in order to find JOY.
PERMISSION GRANTED: To spend time alone. To not look at a phone or a clock. To gaze at the stars or the clouds. To discover new skills, crafts, recipes. To engage in wonder by wandering.
Gather your friends or sign up to be included in a special event for single participants or book a solo retreat. Camp Wonder Wander was born out of the founder & host Val's desire to connect with people on a human-to-human level when technology is disconnected and we sit, share, laugh, tell stories, cook together, create together, and nurture our individual and collective beings. Val walked away from a career as a tenured professor to leave toxic, dysfunction, and other negative aspects of that life behind in order to be a conduit for gatherings and creative endeavors in a small group setting that are conducive to the joys of life, the little moments, the celebration of self.
Your Tennessee retreat can be customized based on your individual dreams and desires for any of the creative workshops OR we'll simply provide the accommodations you need for your group plans. This can be a professional development focus or personal growth objective or maybe just a much needed reunion.
If you are interested in yoga, massage, reiki, or other types of services that aren't currently listed, please inquire and we may be able to bring an instructor or massage therapist to you. Take a walk on our 17 acres, spend time near the pond or the river, visit the lovely donkeys, sit and watch the rabbits zig and zag, or talk to the chickens as they go about their day. At night, build a fire or gaze at the starry skies.
This creativity retreat center encourages each visitor to engage in the sense of wonder and practice the act of wandering. Nestled in the high forest of mid-south Tennessee near lovely Hohenwald and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, the camp is a pleasant escape from the rigors of daily life. Smell the fresh air and the earth after a rainstorm. Listen to the birds or the wind in the trees. And if you want to try getting your hands immersed in clay, try out a lesson in the pottery studio.
We have TWO options for retreat stay. Groups up to 7 can book our smaller artist residency house if it's not in use. Or choose the main house for groups of 6 up to 14. The main house has large tables for crafts, art, or games, as well as several communal spaces.
Select a FRI-SUN, MON-THU, or an entire week. You may customize any add-on workshops (see links below) such as pottery (wheel), bookbinding, paper making, fabric design or any of the creativity and design workshops that Val offers. We can also provide cooking lessons, discussion of essential oils, tips on eliminating chemicals from your household routines, or even a chance to get dirty in our garden.
Additional craft workshops will be added thru the year so check back often to see the new offerings - such as building a birdhouse, making mason jar snow globes, or basic pottery.
Book a session with Val for the Japanese tradition of "Forest Bathing" which is a guided hike, or a day trip to explore thrift stores in the area.
In addition, Val eliminated wheat, corn, and most dairy products from her routine in 1996 so she is happy to share her tips for eating healthy including gluten-free, her natural skincare regimen, more resources and recommendations, or a chance to try out some recipes from her own investigation and cookbook quest.
If the season is right, a fire will crackle in the main house as you work and visit with your friends in numerous seating areas. We'll share fresh eggs and prepare fresh baked bread for each morning of your stay, but all other food is on your own unless otherwise planned. 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 main house is ideally suited for groups of 6-15. It 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. 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 plus twin ensuite, a full size bed in private room, a loft with 7 twin beds, and a day bed with trundle in a happy corner of the pine living room featuring a wood burning stove. The second bath is on the hall and has a walk in shower. The smaller artist residency house sleeps up to 7 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with a living and kitchen area so it's perfect for smaller groups. This house has two decks and several outdoor seating spots.
THERE ARE NUMEROUS SHORT OR EXTENSIVE WORKSHOPS THAT VAL OFFERS. CHECK OUT THE LISTING ON THE ADD-ON PAGE DURING BOOKING.
Try a guided hike to immerse in nature using the techniques of the Japanese philosophy of "Forest Bathing". Engage in a sense of wonder as you wander thru the camp property or take a longer trek to nearby trails along the Natchez Trace.
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.
BOOKS, THE LIFE
& LOVE OF...
BRING YOUR BOOK CLUB FOR A RETREAT OR JOIN A RETREAT WEEKEND WITH OTHER BOOKWORMS, BOOK NERDS, BOOK LOVERS, BIBLIOPHILES, LIBRARIANS, OR HISTORY BUFFS.
START WITH AN EVENING MEAL AND BOOK CLUB STYLE DISCUSSION OF BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS (assigned prior to arrival). SECOND DAY IS A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS CULMINATING IN MAKING AND BINDING YOUR OWN LITTLE BOOK.
A GLIMPSE AT THE SPACE
FRI - SUN
for 6 people,
+ $60/person up to 15
for 6 people,
+ $80/person up to 15
Price includes taxes and cleaning fees
A GLIMPSE AT THE SMALLER SPACE
FRI - SUN
for #5, #6, #7
for #5, #6, #7
Price includes taxes and cleaning fees
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 17-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 seasonal yoga workshops at our site or our friends at Gray Bear.
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 pottery.
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.