The Appalachian Trail Institute is held at the Appalachian Folk School outside Laurel Bloomery, TN just ten miles from the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, VA.
Appalachian Folk School (Donnelly House)
3142 Divide Rd. (old highway 91 North)
Mountain City, TN 37683
ATI attendees stay in the 'poorman's Biltmore.' Rooms are semi-private, same gender, with twin and/or bunk beds. Folks can also tent in our yard. Local motels/campgrounds are also available (at your own expense).
Continental breakfast is included in the donation. Three lunches and four dinners (not included in the donation) will be at local dining establishments. Trail snacks are the responsibility of the attendee. (There will be at least three day hikes on the AT ranging from 6-8 miles.)
What to Bring
- Sleeping bag/bedding/towels (unless you are flying in)
- Suitable clothing for the season.
- Rain gear.
- Daypack or backpack.
- Water container.
- Hiking shoes/boots.
- Pen and paper for notes.
Your dream, and your willingness to listen and to learn how to make it a reality.
Programs usually start at 1pm on Monday and end between noon-2pm on Friday.
Weekend hiking/lodging before and after the ATI can be arranged.
With advance notice, we can provide ground transportation to and from Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN ($20 one way)
Please try to register at least one month before your desired program dates.
No pets, alcohol, drugs, smoking and closed minds.
Non-hiking significant others are welcome to attend and go shopping and/or relax.
Donation for the five-day/four-night program is $300 per person (less for non-hiking significant others). Your donation includes: on-site indoor lodging; four continental breakfasts; about 28 hours of classroom instruction; about 9 hours of hiking; and, instructional materials. Donation is as follows: a $50 fully-refundable registration deposit and the remainder of the donation ($250) to be paid, or not paid (i.e., satisfaction guaranteed), on the last day of the program.
Warren Doyle has hiked the Appalachian Trail 17 times, more than any other person, has been a life-long educator, and dance caller and instructor. Dr. Doyle offers many hiking and dance related workshops.