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Book this holiday to enjoy a relaxing week in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, as you learn to work with chocolate in its many forms and develop a deeper understanding of its composition. John C. Campbell Folk School is the perfect place to play, learn, explore, relax and discover, as it provides a peaceful and non-judgemental environment for aspiring artists to discover themselves and better their skills in a non-competitive approach. Beginning to intermediate students are welcome, but knowing your way around a kitchen would be good.
Lodging consists of a dozen historic and a few contemporary houses. Most housing facilities are handicap accessible, and all are air-conditioned. All rooms are shared with another person.
1 or 2 queen beds per room, (some twin beds), shared with another person. Bath in room. One set of linens (sheets, pillowcase, blanket, towel and washcloth) is provided per person.
2 twin or queen beds per room, shared with another person. Bath in room. One set of linens (sheets, pillowcase, blanket, towel and washcloth) is provided per person.
2 twin beds per room (or limited queen beds), shared with another person. Bath is accessible from the hallway. One set of linens (sheets, pillowcase, blanket, towel and washcloth) is provided per person.
4 to 6 twin beds per room, with a shared bath. One set of linens (sheets, pillowcase, blanket, towel and washcloth) is provided per person.
12 RV (max 34 foot) sites and 13 tent sites. Full hook-ups and updated facilities are available. Pets are not allowed.
During you classes, you will work with chocolate in its many forms to develop a deeper understanding of the sometimes-intimidating aspects of chocolate-making. Build your knowledge and skills daily as you experience making chocolate from the cacao seed and practice baking, tempering, and crafting intricate décor. You will learn to make traditional preparations, ganache, truffles, drinks, and baked desserts.
On Sunday afternoon, you will register, settle into your room, and then attend an orientation meeting to learn everything you need to know for a joyful and enlivening Folk School experience. After a welcome dinner, you will meet your instructor and classmates for a short session in the studio.
Coffee and the morning papers are available in Keith House starting at 06:30. You can choose to join a guided morning walk or explore the Folk School trail system on your own; attend Morningsong, a Danish custom of music, singing and storytelling led by a different performer each morning; or wait to start your day with a hearty breakfast at 08:15.
Class sessions are held from 09:00 to 12:00, followed by lunch, which will be served from 13:30 to 16:30. For most classes, there is also optional studio time in the evening. Classes are usually limited to 12 students or less, and are designed by the instructor to include a combination of demonstrations, individual instruction, and time to work at your own pace in a non-competitive environment.
Ending the week
Friday marks the end of the class week with a student exhibition and closing ceremony in Keith House. During this informal presentation, you can admire the work of each class displayed on tables and the stage in Keith House, sample creations from the cooking class and listen to melodies played by members of the music class. Departure is on Saturday morning.
During your week at the Folk School, your instructor might schedule a visit to a local artisan producer, but it depends on the curriculum.
The John C. Campbell Folk School, also referred to as "The Folk School" is located near Brasstown, North Carolina along the Cherokee County and Clay line.
This beautiful and well-equipped studio is a cook’s dream. The studio features a conventional and convection oven, wood-fired brick oven, microwave, ranges, refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers. Smaller appliances like mixers, food processors, scales, pasta machines, yogurt makers, meat grinders and coffee makers help you with your culinary concoctions. Cookware and utensils of the most useful kind are at hand to make your cooking class experience an easy and fruitful one.
Three delicious meals are served family style each day in the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall and offer a substantial menu, including homemade breads and produce from the Folk School’s gardens. There is always a vegetarian selection and special diets can be accommodated. Fresh fruit, bread, and peanut butter are available throughout the day.
Optional activities are scheduled each day in the late afternoon and after dinner, giving you a range of choices. Learn to contra dance, attend a concert, poetry reading or blacksmithing demonstration, or visit a local artist’s studio. Take a break from class and get a chair massage or participate in a yoga session. Each week's activity schedule is a little different, but there's no doubt you'll find many options to your liking.
You are also free to explore the beautiful 300-acre campus in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, visit other studios, shop in the Craft Shop, relax with a book in the Library, visit the History Center to learn more about the school’s fascinating story, Appalachian culture and folklore, or, just sit down and relax on a porch rocker or in a swing.
The nearest airport is Atlanta Airport (ATL). The Folk School can arrange airport pick-up service in Atlanta. Arrangements must be made with the office three weeks in advance of the course date. Rates may fluctuate with fuel costs. The shuttle service picks up at the airport at 2 p.m. on the class starting date; you should arrive by 1:30 p.m. Departure flights must be scheduled after 1 p.m. on the class ending date for six-night week classes.