All are welcome.
If you are interested in having your own event at the McDowell Camp and Conference Center in the future, please complete a Registration Request Form or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org; 205-387-1806.
Mother Daughter Retreat
April 14-16th, 2023
For mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, godmothers & special friends who are like mothers & daughters! The annual mother/daughter retreat is a special springtime retreat that is a perfect setting to reconnect, relax, and enjoy the company of your family.
Camp McDowell Summer Camp is 100 years old! We are celebrating by inviting everyone to Camp McDowell from May 26-28th for many fun activities. This is the same weekend as Primary 1 and we will be joining them for an epic Pasture Party on Saturday night and a celebratory closing church service on Sunday morning.
This weekend is an amazing opportunity to connect with old and new camp friends and reminiscence on all your Camp McDowell memories, while making new ones.
We are offering many different registration options for those who just want day passes versus those who would like to come for the whole weekend.
Programming and Activities include a wide range of options like hiking, farm tours, speakers, canoeing, McDowell Environmental Center programs, ropes courses, etc.
House of Bishops
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From Scratch : Alabama Folk School
March 3, 2023 4pm - March 5, 2023 1pm
From Scratch weekend is a workshop for true beginners. If you’re interested in learning a new instrument or art form, this is the weekend for you. Come learn with us in a beautiful and encouraging environment! With more than 1,140 acres of forest consisting of breathtaking canyons, waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and glistening streams, there’s plenty of exploring to do during your free time.
Bluegrass & Gee's Bend: Alabama Folk School
April 20, 2023 - April 23, 2023
One of our most popular workshops is back with great bluegrass music classes and Gee's Bend quilting. This four-day workshop provides a truly immersive experience with a fun and enthusiastic community of musicians and artists. This year join us for bluegrass music classes, famed Gee's Bend quilting with Mary Ann Pettway and China Pettway, and more!
Youth Folk Camp
July 28, 2023 - July 31, 2023
Join us for Youth Folk Camp - our only Alabama Folk School Workshop designed for rising 5th-12th graders. Youth Folk Camp is a unique combination of summer overnight camp and folk school instruction in music, pottery, painting, and more! Campers may choose one major and minor class for the workshop, all taught by master musicians and artists. Some experience with violin, guitar, or banjo is recommended (but not required) for music class majors.
- Ages: rising 5th - 12th graders
- Class Lists & Registration Coming Soon!
September Sampler: Alabama Folk School
September 2, 2023
Join us Labor Day Weekend for a Saturday long sampler of the Alabama Folk School. Sign up for one of our day classes for an immersive experience or choose a demonstration pass to experience live music, teacher demonstrations in baking, pottery, and more! Options available for lodging and meals throughout the weekend.
Old Time & Gee's Bend: Alabama Folk School
October 12, 2023 - October 15, 2023
Quilters, cooks, and blacksmiths pursue their work in an encouraging atmosphere while music students fully immerse themselves in old-time classes, their days and nights filled with instruction from master musicians, jam sessions, and an instructor concert. Afternoon mini classes give all participants a chance to take part in learning something totally new. Take a hike, go canoeing, or pick a porch and rocking chair to relax in your free time.