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reading retreat

Outdoor Reading
"A book is a dream
that you hold in your hands."
- Neil Gaiman

A quiet getaway exclusively for reading in beautiful rural rolling hills of mid-south Tennessee.

September 1 - 4, 2023

An all-inclusive weekend for avid readers,
bookish influencers, and booksellers.


Bring your TBR stack or ARC pile
and enjoy a nature immersion with many private reading spots and the
opportunity to connect with other readers during group meals.

Max participation - 12

co-coordinated with our friends in Dickson, TN



Camp Wonder Wander encourages
'wonderlost' + wanderlust.

Venture to this special light pollution free zone in the region, where you can escape your normal routine and have permission to immerse in your passion for books supported by a fellow bibliophile. Spend the long September weekend in this retreat with a dose of nature and plenty of spots to find a comfortable place to read. With the waning full moon from August 31, the evenings will be conducive to your restful experience.

Meals are included as a holistic nourishment of the mind and body in this retreat. While breakfasts and lunch will be available continental style including organic, fresh farm eggs from our happy free-ranging flock so that you can go at your own flow, your retreat host will prepare the group meals each evening where you can join the other participants to talk shop.

ARRIVE FRIDAY LATE AFTERNOON ON SEPTEMBER 1 for a hearty evening meal and socializing with other retreat attendees.

After the continental breakfast on SATURDAY, you'll meet the donkeys and experience the nature immersion with about an hour of a guided Forest Therapy session with your host, certified as a guide by ANFT.

Take the rest of the day to dive into the pages on your list. You can find numerous cozy places for reading including hammocks (weather permitting) or take a chair and head to the river.

Saturday evening we'll reconvene for group dinner where you can share your progress and insights with others. A special guest author will join us. If you are on the ARC list, the chance to divide and conquer this important role in your business can also be a priceless experience connecting with others. You can also request a personalized list catered just for you by our bookseller expert.

SUNDAY is on your own as you gain rhythm and connect to the land. Take a break to visit the donkeys, drink your tea, or meander on a trail. Reconvene for the final group dinner and another session of sharing.

Depart on Monday afternoon (only continental breakfast available). Please inquire if you would like to extend your stay.


star-gazing in one of the best spots in the state of Tennessee

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Forest Therapy

What is Forest Therapy?

Feel the benefits of spending time in nature and amid trees in a slow guided nature immersion that is based off the Japanese tradition 'shinrin-yoku' or 'Forest Bathing'. This special feature of the Camp retreat will help you disconnect from your busy life and get settled into the connection with your reading for the next few days. This is a gentle experience and not requiring physical exertion.

retreat fee & lodging

Lodging & Fee Info