The Alabama Folk School


  • Since 2007 the mission of the Alabama Folk School has been to provide opportunities for inspiration and
  • renewal in a supportive community while learning from master artists, artisans, and musicians.
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  • Located at the McDowell Camp and Conference Center, Alabama Folk School sessions take place among 1,140 acres of lush forest and fields, breath-taking scenery, waterfalls, and canyons. We offer workshops of varying lengths, from 2 to 4 days. Sessions range from 12 hours for a weekend workshop, to 15 hours for a 3-day workshop, and 21 hours for a 4-day workshop. Our small class size allows students to fully engage with their instructor in a meaningful way. Classes are offered throughout the year and vary year to year.

During your visit, you may choose to stay in our comfortable, air-conditioned, hotel-style lodges in Bethany Village or our dorm style Bethany's Cabins and enjoy three delicious meals a day. You will be kept busy with the classes of your choice, but will have plenty of time to explore the beautiful surroundings and interact with the artistic communities that develop during each workshop.

Most of our workshops are geared toward adults except Youth Folk Camp open to rising 5th-12th graders and Farm Folk Weekend which is open to families of all kinds.

"11 workshops in 6 years = 11 weekends of great people from everywhere, quality instructors, and easy atmosphere. Heading to #12 in a few days." - Jim Rives, Facebook Review