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.


Programs to be announced soon.



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: TBA


Summer Camp
for Adults

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.

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