Founded in 1991, we are Warren Wilson College’s educational program of summer folk arts workshops held on our campus in the Swannanoa Valley near Asheville in the heart of North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Each year, we offer a variety of week-long programs in various forms of folk music and dance over a five-week period in July and August, taught by some of the finest folk artists and instructors in the world.

We invite you to join us.

Our 2023 catalog
is now online!
See updated info under
the ‘Our Programs’ menu. 

General Registration
opens March 15.

Guitar Week veteran
Steve James has passed.

Click here for job opportunities at the Gathering.

“The worst part about the Gathering is that there are only 24 hours in the day and 3 of them are wasted sleeping!”

– student comment

2023 Swannanoa Gathering Programs

July 9-15

Celtic Week

July 16-22

Old-Time Week