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a creativity retreat center


Storytelling Retreat
September 29 - October 6, 2023

venture to the rural rolling hills
of the Western Highland Rim
in mid-south Tennessee

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Camp Wonder Wander engages people in wonderlost + wanderlust.

Join a maximum of 12 storytellers in this week-long nature immersion retreat where you can wonder and wander on the camp's 17 acres as you write and practice your craft in preparation for the Jonesboro Storytelling Festival or opt to perform at the Hohenwald Fall Festival Reading Rock Books / Camp Wonder Wander storytelling tent/event options.


Ideally located in the foothills of Appalachia where the practice of storytelling is a rich and unique part of the culture. You'll be in a special space that is a progressively rare in the region with little light pollution. The camp features a variety of 'farm' animals including donkeys (some mini's) and chickens to interact with or be inspired by.

This retreat includes:

Lodging - choose from a variety of room options single, double, or dorm style loft

Meals - all meals are included will be procured to be organic and as healthy as possible with special attention to any dietary needs (no junk food here, please) - daytime meals are continental so you can go with your own flow and evenings will be group meals

Forest Therapy Guided Walk - a special nature immersion experience as an introduction to the land on your first morning at the camp you'll be able to settle in with this sensory interaction with the natural surroundings including our special private access to the Buffalo River

Access - to the land, interactions with the animals, campfires, sitting areas, porches and hammocks

Group Practice Time - a storytelling retreat would not be complete without some stories in the round from campfire to a site you may have found for your sharing.

Parking - a parking area designated for guests

Not included: transportation (but travel from the BNA airport can be coordinated), personal items, travel insurance. This is a non-refundable, no cancellation event so please procure your own travel insurance that also covers any health issues that may prevent your participation at the last minute.

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

forest therapy guided walk info

What is Forest Therapy?
This guided nature immersion walk is inspired by "Forest Bathing" or "shinrin-yoku" developed in Japan in the 80s when the government recognized an increase in health problems brought about by the intensity and demands of the massive shift into an urban work environment. They conducted much research and through focus groups found significant benefits when spending time in forests and natural surroundings. They discovered that trees emit Phytonocides which benefit humans by increasing NK cells. It makes sense to realize that humans are not intended to live in so much constructed environments with artificial lighting and that being in nature is extremely beneficial.


What does this mean? What does this look like? How does this work? Your host Val is a certified guide and the Forest is the therapist. Each experience is unique to the individual. This is a slow walk without internet or phone distractions where you will be given invitations that emphasizes sensory interaction with the surroundings.

In your regular life, when would you have time to gaze at plants or insects, make a slow wander with no destination in mind, and stop in adoration of colors or more?

The walk is gentle and will take approximately 3 hours (you must be able to walk down and then up our bluff river trail or wait for us during a certain section of this activity). This will be your introduction to the land and the camp experience. Camp Wonder Wander is located in the rural rolling foothills of Appalachia with about 450 ft river frontage in a part of Tennessee called the Western Highland Rim, the camp is about 20 minute drive to the small town of Hohenwald - German for "High Forest".


Book your favorite room knowing that most often the group will meet in the Lemon Lodge, but all lodging options have uniquely designed living rooms, dining areas, and kitchens.

Private Single room / Full bed / shared bath
Private Single or Double room / King & Twin / ensuite
Dormitory Style Loft
 (up to a Quad option) with Twin beds / shared bath

RASPBERRY RESIDENCY HOUSE:Private Single Room / twin bed / shared bath (TWO)Private Single or Double room / Full & Twin / ensuite

(cats live in the common area here and you should not be remotely allergic to stay in this accommodation).
Private Single room / Queen bed / shared bath
Private Single or Double room / Queen & Twin / ensuite
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