be a wonder wanderer!


Find inspiration and invigoration
with this nature immersion creativity master class.

When the daylight is long and the lightning bugs flicker at night.

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Dates in June, July ,and August announced soon.


Join up to 7 others for a creativity master class immersion in nature. Options will include long weekend, week-long and possibly 10 night for an intensive design study.


10 night design intensive with the purpose to enhance your understanding of design history and design principles/elements to integrate into your own practice. Experience design as a handcraft and evolve your nuance to typography, color, and more. Individual consultation available for updating your personal brand or website.

Utilize the quiet contemplation of the new moon phase as we close out 2021 together and look towards the future. Use the daylight time for exploring and the evening by the wood stove or campfire for nurturing your spirit.


This 10 night (11 day) intensive will take you through phases of wonder and wander with the goal to have practical skills for applying to your practice whether it be as an art entrepreneur or maybe one who integrates type. Slow down to notice the moments the flora and fauna of the earth shares with us, and the phases the sun and moon provide while you reconnect with the handcraft of the creative process.

Each morning after breakfast we'll start the creative goals for the day and one could be immersed in sketching, collaging, journaling and more. Topics include design history (in a fun time traveler exercise), typography (both history and form from hand lettering to digital choices), and designer as author as you'll complete the session with a hand bound book.

Prior to arriving, you will be encouraged to read a particular book so we can have at least one book club night conversation. You'll also be encouraged to find visual resources in the library installed in multiple places. For more images of the Lemon Lodge, visit the gallery here.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021.

* Applications received earlier will receive priority.
* Application process may include a short video conference.
* Accepted applicants early-bird rate paid in full by August 30, receive $200 discount.



This experience includes a nature immersion component and will feature a complimentary Forest Therapy session (inspired by the Japanese Forest Bathing) and participating in the activities of the farm style chores being able to interact with the camp donkeys, chickens, pea fowl, cats, rabbit, and tripod Pyrenees.

What's included? All participants will reside in the Lemon Lodge with 4 in the loft that has space for 7, two in the master en-suite (king and a twin), and a full size bed option. Food will be included in the fee, but the preparation and participation will be shared. A menu will be created to meet the needs of various dietary restrictions and all participants will share in some aspect of the chores daily.

What's not included? Transportation. Please inquire about assistance from the Nashville airport if you are flying into TN for an additional fee.


What should I bring? It can be cold this time of year, so make sure to bring layers and be prepare to snuggle up with blankets. You'll need a pair of sturdy shoes that can get wet or muddy possibly as well as slippers or inside only shoes. An additional list of supplies for the workshop will be provided prior to the start of the session. Casual clothes are encouraged. Laundry access is available, but limited.

Program Fee: Includes lodging, food, and instruction plus the fantastic opportunity to interact with the camp animals and the natural surroundings. $2850

Roundtrip transportation each way to BNA = $100 (may split with others as long as we coordinate same time pick up).


Design Intensive Residency

Yes, I'm interested...

Val will be in touch soon.



Coach Val


I pride myself on being a coach and mentor so I welcome dialogue from those participating in the residency program who are interested in receiving feedback on their work or just discussions in general about life and career path trajectories.


After more than 20 years in higher education, Val is now a coach and mentor as the founder of the Sarasvati creative Space at Camp Wonder Wander. After years of dealing with the inside of academia, Val has the yearning to reach others in an alternative lane that is much more immersive, much more effective, and much more affordable. Much of my teaching/coaching career has been mentoring non-majors and developing innovative curriculum. This design intensive residency is a crash course that integrates the philosophy of happy accidents with the fundamentals of design.

My mentorship approach starts before you even arrive as I try to get to know each individual so that I can ascertain your work habits, your creative box, and more. In addition, the application process is intended to ensure the best fit for the tight-knit intensive so please be as forthcoming as possible.


Val received her MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Florida where her thesis "Inside/Outside: Lincolnville Stories" examined narrative techniques found in visual communication and storytelling to empower a marginalized community. After spending immense amount of time over the 3 year MFA program in the St. Augustine historical society library and interviewing residents, the final form of the thesis was a bus stop resembling a front porch. The irony of the bus stop is that there was no public transportation in this community and it represented the flight away from the community. The structure of the porch was selected as the representation of the space between the private of the home and the public of the street as the story space as a common architectural feature of many of the homes in the neighborhood.

If you want to see more of my own design work, please visit my design portfolio and my photography portfolio/blog.