A typical week at the Folk School begins on Sunday afternoon with a special welcome from our friendly staff.
After registration and orientation, enjoy your first meal, served family style in the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall, followed by a short gathering with your class.
On Monday, you’ll awaken to the quiet sounds of our secluded mountain campus. Enjoy a morning walk on our chip-bark campus paths, or on trails through the woods or by our stream. Coffee and tea are available at Keith House.
MorningSong begins at 7:45. This Danish custom of singing, folklore, and camaraderie is a wonderful start to the day. Each day, MorningSong is led by someone different.
Following a hearty breakfast, students journey to their respective studios. Students learn by doing, each at their own pace. Most classes are limited to 12 students or fewer to allow instructors ample time to work with each individual. Lunch is served at 12:15, and classes resume afterwards.
Each afternoon after class, activities are offered to enrich your Folk School experience. Visits to the shops of area artisans are always a special treat.
Supper is served at 6 p.m. Evenings are filled with dance and music, readings by writers, tales of storytellers, and interesting craft demonstrations.
Fridays at the Folk School are filled with excitement. The day is tinged with an anticipation of the Student Exhibit. Here, students display a sampling of their week’s experience and view the creations of newfound friends. Enjoy the artistry of ironworks created in the Blacksmith Shop, or quilted vests hanging for display. Admire the handiwork of woodturned bowls and tap your foot to a tune performed by the music class. Works in progress are equally celebrated.
Supper is followed by a concert as the community comes together to hear bluegrass, old-time, and other types of music from this area.
Most weeks at the Folk School come to a close following Saturday morning breakfast. At week’s end, new friends have become old friends. You’ve created your own work of art. You’ve experienced the tradition and history of the Appalachians, and you’ll depart with an inspiration and renewal that can only be found in this special place.
If your busy life schedule won’t permit a week of Folk School immersion, try a weekend session, offered 13–15 times a year.