a creativity retreat center
September 29 - October 6, 2023
venture to the rural rolling hills
of the Western Highland Rim
in mid-south Tennessee
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.
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.