John C. Campbell Folk School



About Us

Tucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina, the John C. Campbell Folk School (“the Folk School”) offers weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography, writing, and more. Our non-competitive and small-sized classes are offered year-round on a scenic 270-acre campus, attracting students from all over the world.

Take a class with us or join us for our community events that are open to the public, including our concerts, dances, and yearly Fall Festival. If you're visiting for the day, browse our Craft Shop to find high-quality handcrafted items, representing the juried work of over 300 local and regional artists, take a journey through time in our History Center, or explore campus through a self-guided tour.

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. “I sing behind the plow,” the Folk School’s motto since its founding in 1925, reflects the importance of lifelong learning and growth while finding joy throughout every step of the process.

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