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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 with a maximum of 12 participants each session. 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 list of 24 she's developed. 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 $15 can be booked that weekend.

 

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.

Pricing

WORKSHOP FEE ----- $250------EARLY BIRD $199, until 2/15/18

Food – We'll commune by cooking and cleaning up together. Camp Wonder Wander's goal is to provide healthy meals using organic and local options as much as possible catering to all types of nutritional plans such as gluten free, paleo, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan. If you aren't following a special diet you won't feel left out here. Will only supply water, tea/coffee, and juice (no soda, no alcohol)
Special consideration will be given to food allergies or other food plans - please comment on this in your registration or send a separate note.

 

Coaching/Instruction/Materials – program fee includes instruction and coordination of activities/workshops by Valerie Sloan, a professor of graphic design

PLUS ROOM CHOICE

Lodging - PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR OPTION – The residential facilities at Camp Wonder Wander are comfortable and cozy designed for multiple functions from workshops to group meals to cooking together to huddling around the campfire or woodstoves. There are several room styles to choose from so please book as soon as you know to reserve your preferred bed style. Room tax included. Pics in Gallery.

Please be mindful of the weather in Tennessee and if you want to be participating in the summer or choose one of our fall/winter options. One house has central air/heat and is quite comfortable in all seasons. The main lodge where we will have group meals and utilize the large tables for the crafts has window style a/c throughout. We ask that your room a/c only be used in the evenings for sleeping, while the main quarters will have a/c, but not being central the temps will not be freezing cold. In fact, Val is cold sensitive with raynauds syndrome hates extreme cold a/c and it's one of the reason she avoids malls, office spaces, etc. as much as possible preferring to be at the camp/farm. If you tend to be someone who needs air conditioning, please book a room in the HVAC option or consider the more seasonal dates available to sit by the woodstove fires. All houses utilize dehumidifiers for best climate control in this very humid region.

HVAC ROOMS, RATE FOR 2 NIGHTS, inc. tax

ONE SINGLE, HALL BATH = $40

ONE FULL, HALL BATH = $70 (sleeps 2, only pay room fee once)

ONE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, sleeps 4, PRIVATE BATH = $150,
     only pay once and bring your partner, friends or family. QUEEN PLUS BUNK BED.

WINDOW A/C FOR 2 NIGHTS, inc. tax

ONE FULL, HALL BATH = $70

ONE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, sleeps 3 (4th can be small person on top bunk),
  PRIVATE BATH. KING PLUS BUNK BED. = $150,
only pay once and bring your
  partner, friends or family

DORM LOFT, 6 beds, not private. use hall bath. closest to camping or summer camp lodge experiences as a/c temps not guaranteed to be extremely cold. A/C in fact can only reduce interior temps by about 10 degrees so we have a circulation system. If you are game for this or maybe want to reserve this for your teen and friends during family sessions, it's a viable fun option.

$30, per bed for 2 nights. Discount to reserve all 6 beds for one group.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Transportation – is not included in the program fee. If you would like to be picked up in Nashville arrangements can me made for a minimal fee. The camp is approximately 90 miles from Nashville.

Please make note of this in your registration for coordination.

Extend your stay – you are invited to stay up to 5 more nights departing on the morning a week after your arrival. Food is not included in this extension. You may also add-on additional coaching workshop. Please choose your preferred weekend and select those options in the booking process.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

No cancellation within 30 days, but may receive a credit of 75% payment towards future workshop. Cancellation prior to the 30 day window will incur a service fee of 10% of the registration.

THIS IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

• you can't live without your phone all day long

• you aren't a book lover in some capacity

• you can't live without junk food including soda for two days

• you aren't interested in learning new skills, crafts, or ideas

• you may not want to be outside in the summer sun and heat

• you have allergies to whatever that may hinder your enjoyment

EXTEND YOUR STAY!

You are invited to spend up to 5 additional nights at the camp.

This can be totally informal or you may opt to book one of Val's other workshops –

WONDER 101, WANDER 102, TIME TRAVELER, OR TASTE.

These can be customized to your skill level. They are also really great for the graphic design student, educators looking for reboot or ideas for their own classes, or youth ages 10-18 interested in art & design.

How about

travel to Dublin

?

A TRAVEL EXPERIENCE FOR BOOK LOVERS!

JOIN FELLOW BOOK ENTHUSIASTS ON A 7 DAY EXCURSION TO DUBLIN.

EXPLORE THE WRITERS AND JAMES JOYCE MUSEUM, HAVE FORMAL AND INFORMAL WALKABOUTS WITH A LITERARY PERSPECTIVE, & MORE.

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!

Early Bird rate until 2/15/18