Welcome to Wildacres

 The Federation sponsors two sessions each year in a cool mountain-top setting near Little Switzerland in North Carolina. Offered at the sessions are seminars in various facets of the earth sciences. 

Indulge your passion for minerals, gems, jewelry, and craft.
Join entry and intermediate level short classes.  Enjoy programs from our great Speakers-in-Residence.  Form new friendships and deepen old ones.

Do it all at Wildacres
a beautiful retreat center
atop the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What could better! 


Additional Information

The EFMLS Wildacres Workshop is a “School of Instruction” held for members of member societies to increase the general knowledge in all areas of our hobby. It is administered by the Wildacres Functioning committee, a standing committee of the EFMLS. 2019 marked the 47th year that EFMLS has held these workshops.

Wildacres itself is a conference center of about 1,400 acres on a mountaintop, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, NC dedicated to the betterment of human relations. It is owned and operated by the Wildacres Foundation. The facilities include lodges, a dining hall, craft house, meeting rooms, library and canteen. Meals are served family style in the dining hall. People with physical and/or dietary problems can be accommodated. Many organizations other than EFMLS also hold seminars and workshops in this wonderful facility which is open from April through October.

There will be two EFMLS sponsored sessions in 2019. The dates are Spring 2019 May 20-26 and Fall 2019 September 2-8. Each session begins at 4:00 P.M. on the first day followed by an orientation meeting after dinner and ends after breakfast on the last day. The programs consist of general sessions for the whole group and small-group class sessions covering a variety of topics such as minerals, beading, exhibit, cabochon making, faceting, wire-wrapping, silversmithing, pewter fabrication, PMC, fused glass, soapstone carving etc. The workshop staff consists of experts in

the various areas of the hobby. Most are EFMLS members and all serve without pay to share their knowledge with others.

Whenever possible, a recognized professional in the area of major emphasis is also included. The specific subjects offered at each workshop varies and are generally known in advance of the sessions. Registration, well in advance of the workshop sessions, is required since the facilities limit us to 60 people, including staff.

The cost of each session for 2019 is $425 per person. Applications, with a deposit of $215.00 per person should be sent to the registrar as early as possible since space fills rapidly (but not before January 1, 2019).

Suzie Milligan, Wildacres Registrar

931 Carmichael Rd; Owego, NY 13827. 607-687-5108 smilligan at stny.rr dot com

Wildacres Retreat, 1565 Wild Acres Rd, Little Switzerland, NC 28749     (GPS ADDRESS)



wildacres 2019 registration form (fillable) (pdf)


Wildacres Information

Your week at wild acres


Speaker In Residence


Classes / Workshops






Wildacres Appreciation Award

 Inaugurated in 1997, these awards are presented occasionally at the EFMLS Wildacres Workshop by the President of the Eastern Federation to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the EFMLS sponsored Wildacres Workshops.