My first weekend as The Swag's "Expert in Residence" in Waynesville, NC
The Swag in Waynesville, North Carolina is luxury mountain resort positioned right next to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
Recently, I was selected to join The Swag's amazing team as one of its "Expert in Residents." My first residency was a wonderful success, and I had a blast. More importantly, I was able to share a bit of myself and my drawings with the resort's guests.
During my stay, I led a hike along The Swag Nature Trail, which is a loop hike touring this mountaintop property. Most of the leaves had already fallen, which opened up gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. During the hike, I encouraged guests to take photos of both details and scenes that inspired them. Once we completed it, we met around a picnic for a lesson on pen and ink sketchbook drawing.
Also during my stay, I hosted a "meet and greet" where guests could ask questions, view my jewelry and previous sketchbooks and where we could just get to know each other. Immediately I met new friends who were already only a degree or two of social separation from me. We also held a sketch booking stroll that stayed a little closer to the main house to be sure guests were given enough time to draw, journal and ask questions.
Overall it was a wonderful experience, and I look forward to my 2024 stays! If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to me or to The Swag. We are happy to help!