a creativity retreat center

BOOKS: THE LIFE AND LOVE OF...

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Are you a Bookworm, Bibliophile, History Buff, Librarian, Educator, or have interest in Book Arts?

Are you interested in travel from a literature perspective with others who share your passion for books?

 

Do you want to expand your book club by reading books about books, or join such a group?

Are you interested in learning how to transform your travel experiences into a one-of-a-kind designed book?

Are you a book obsessed Graphic Designer wanting a chance to make your own book craft or designer as author project?

Do you get lost in bookstores or libraries?

Interested in learning more about books and craft?​

JOIN THIS BOOK RETREAT

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

WE'LL TALK ABOUT BOOKS,

AND HAVE TIME TO CRAFT YOUR OWN.

LEARN ABOUT:

* EXPERIENCE MAPPING

* COLLAGE

* VISUAL NARRATIVE

* JAPANESE BOOKBINDING

* BOOK HISTORY

It's all about books! Share your love of books with other passionate book enthusiasts in a book club setting. We'll kick off the weekend with a get-to-know you dinner followed by a book conversation with each participant randomly assigned one of 3 selected books about books for that weekend from Val's long list of more than 30. On Saturday, you'll dabble in a bit of historical discovery as Val shares her love of book design and her knowledge of the topic from a graphic design historical perspective. Throughout the day, she'll walk you thru various exercises and craft including: Experience Mapping, Collage, Cyanotype, and other basic graphic design concepts combined with storytelling and visual narrative. By the end of the weekend, you will craft your own small book completed with a Japanese binding stitch filled with your musings, drawings, collage, or other discoveries you've translated into print form from your weekend exploring in the nearby flora and fauna. Before you depart, you'll have time to meander, to wonder and wander, and if the weather is nice join us for a lazy kayak exploration down the Buffalo River before departure.

Itinerary

ARRIVE FRIDAY BY 6PM

Enjoy a group dinner followed
by a book group discussion.

Books will be randomly assigned and we'll talk about 2 or 3 titles each session. Every attempt will be made so that books will not be repeated during the 2018 sessions so each weekend will be special and you can come back again.

SATURDAY

BREAKFAST

followed by
Experience Mapping & Collage exercise

LUNCH

followed by

Content creating for your book

learn about Cyanotype, but also try out journaling, sketching, or photography to integrate

Go outside, meander, wonder and wander

to develop your material

DINNER

followed by

PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER

Val will work with the group and individuals in creating your visual narrative culminating in a Japanese book-binding technique so you have a completed piece.

campfire stories

SUNDAY

Continental Breakfast & Goodbyes

Please stick around for a kayaking trip down the Buffalo River*.
* This is about a 4 hour journey
weather permitting & seasonal only.

Lunch is additional $30 can be booked that weekend.

OR USE THIS AS INSPIRATION AND LET'S CUSTOMIZE YOUR GROUP RETREAT

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Camp Wonder Wander engages people in wonderlost + wanderlust.
Sessions are  designed for everyone to be creative.

If you are interested in meeting and communing with new people, getting back to basics and rejuvenating your creative spirit, or just want the chance to turn off the phone to explore a new place and make a project or more that has nothing to do with work, no clients involved.

 

Are you interested in learning new skills, new crafts, new ways of seeing?

Curious about graphic design but never have the chance to learn more?

Do you love books as much as Val and want to learn even more?

Even if you are an expert book artist, librarian, historian,
there's still a place at the table for you to share your experiences, techniques, and passion for books.

You should be interested in a camp-like setting in rural Tennessee.

You should be interested in book discussions and the camaraderie created by this forum.

You should be okay with putting the phone away.

RATES START AT $250/person for a weekend retreat.

Let's discuss your group and options to customize.

Why Val ?

WHY TAKE THIS WORKSHOP WITH VAL?

Val's philosophy of being a wonder wanderer and getting lost is the epitome of what happens in our relationship with books. In her youth, Val was an avid reader and as adulthood bears more responsibilities reading sometimes has more purposes than pure entertainment while her choices of material evolved. As a graphic designer, Val is obsessed with book covers and good design in general so wandering into bookstores to look at all the delights is always fun and inspiring. She's admittedly a bibliophile.

At the University where she was teaching prior to starting this retreat center and workshops, the general education program was asking faculty to submit course proposals for seniors in any major to take a seminar that covered the 5 subjects – history, literature and philosophy, aesthetics, science, and human behavior - in some capacity with an overarching theme. After much contemplation and brainstorming, Val had an a-ha moment - BOOKS! You see as she became immersed in design education and teaching graphic design history, books not only became something to read, but artifacts of culture, evidence of historical changes in design, and more. Her passion for books grew enormously and she developed a list which has expanded beyond the initial 24 books about books for her students to read and she read them too. Her proposal was met with rave reviews by all of her colleagues and teaching it brought much joy in seeing students who admittedly never read a book (and graduating from college) or those who didn't think they were creative able to present their reading in an innovative way, or those learning about literacy, Malala's story or book censorship for the first time.

Val is passionate about everything BOOKS: book culture, book design, reading, visiting libraries and bookstores, discovering historic archives, teaching about the history of the book and history of writing, and making her own visual narrative books. She wants to share her knowledge and passion for this material with you!