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Warren Wilson launches Mountain Institute for Lifelong learning

Want to learn how to process old clothing into pulp to make paper? Weave on a loom using local fiber? Forage and identify wild mushrooms? 

The Mountain Institute for Lifelong Learning at Warren Wilson College is offering a full lineup of courses in May and July for adult learners. These intensive short courses are taught by Warren Wilson faculty and staff, local artisans and craft folk. Course topics include painting, podcasting, knitting, film making, natural history, fiber arts, birding, mushroom foraging, and fine woodworking, among many others. Classes take place on the college campus. In addition to the on-campus courses, the Institute offers one traveling course to Ireland.

“The Mountain Institute for Lifelong Learning is a vessel for community building, exploration, adventure, place-based learning, and the ignition of new passion for lifelong learners,” said Anna Welton, associate dean of community and global engagement at Warren Wilson. “These courses highlight the unique strengths of Warren Wilson College, which has been a hub of experiential learning since its founding as the Asheville Farm School in 1894.”


Courses include:

Plein Air Painting

Soap Making Basics and Beyond

Build an Heirloom Dovetailed Box

Summer Knitting Camp: Learn Now, Be Prepared for Winter

The Valley Remembers: A People’s History of Warren Wilson College, 1100-1999

Watercolor Painting

A Rich Tapestry: Exploring Artists of Appalachia

Telling It Like It Was: Creating a Personal Oral History

Ascend to Better Birding

The One-Week Short Film

Introduction to Audio Documentary and Podcasting

Mushroom Foraging and Appreciation

Craft & the Land

Turning Bowls on the Wood Lathe

Fast Fashion Revamp

Lucid Seams: Finding Your Creative Voice Through Fiber

Timber-Framed Mirror

Sacred 3rd Gender: Napoli

Learn How to Play: Surrealism

Writing, Foraging & Tasting the Woods

Fabric Dyeing & Threaded Embellishments on Clothing

Beginning Loom Weaving

Wearable Art

Ireland: Music and Megaliths with Phil Jamison

Adults of all ages are encouraged to apply (18+). The majority of courses will take place on Warren Wilson’s campus, with one traveling course to Ireland. Housing and meal options are also available. 

Register at or email for more information.