Mountain Craft School


For individuals looking get away for a few days, get their minds off work, AND pick up a new hobby, the John C. Campell Folk School might be just the place.

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the town of Brassville, two hours west of Asheville, the Folk School offers a beautiful and peaceful setting in which to learn or polish up on a variety of traditional mountain crafts, including basketry, jewelry making, quilting, woodworking, metalworking, photography, storytelling, cooking, and dance, just to name a few. Participants can choose from 860 weekend or week-long classes; in addition to class instruction, participants are treated to lodging, homemade meals, and evening entertainment.

The Folk School describes the experience in this way:

Our distinctive educational experiences allow students to acquire new skills, not only as artists, but as thoughtful individuals working together in a community.  Students accomplish things here that they never thought possible. They learn to build, create, and craft new things in a no pressure environment— a rarity in today’s world.

Come on, get creative!  Your Spirited Life small grant could go a long way toward the cost of a few days learning, creating, and relaxing at John C. Campbell Folk School.

-Katie Huffman

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About Katie Huffman

Katie is a Wellness Advocate with the Clergy Health Initiative. She has an undergraduate degree in History and French and a Masters degree in Gerontology; prior to her current position, Katie worked as a social worker in a retirement community in Chapel Hill. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, baking, and hanging out with her husband, Noah, their daughter, Ada, and two kitties, Grady and Gracie.

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