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General Information & Policies

How Early Should I Register?

EARLY! Our classes are small and many fill quickly, so we recommend you register as soon as possible to get your class of choice-six months in advance is not too early! You can register to be on the waitlist for any class that is full. Cancellations do happen, and you may be able to get into a class at the last minute, so don't hesitate to call to check on availability.

Registering early also gives our instructors adequate time to prepare class materials, which can be extensive. It also gives you time to acquire supplies you are required to bring to class (a materials list will be mailed after you register). For intermediate to advanced classes, you may have "homework" to do in advance-such as winding a warp for a weaving class or preparing a short manuscript for writing class critique.

Registration & Deposit

Students may only register for one class for each weeklong or weekend session. A deposit per person of $150 for each week or $100 for each weekend ($250 for week + weekend classes) must accompany each registration. 50% of the deposit is nonrefundable (see below). Registrations are non-transferable. Full payment of your balance is due 30 days prior to class or at the time of initial registration. A fee will be charged for returned checks. Classes without a minimum number of registrations may be canceled. (For details, see "Class Cancellations.")

Early morning sunshine on the swing at Keith House
Cancellation Policy

Because of registration costs and other services, including faculty contracts, material acquisitions, and housing arrangements, the Folk School is required to charge cancellation fees to students who change their itineraries.

- Once students are accepted into a class, cancellation fees apply.
- Cancellation or transfer more than 30 days prior to the first day of class results in a cancellation fee of 50% of the deposit.
- Cancellation or transfer within 30 days of the first day of class results in a cancellation fee of 100% of the deposit.
- Students who transfer to another class are charged the cancellation fee, plus the deposit for the class to which they wish to transfer.
- No tuition, deposit, housing or meals refunds will be made after the start date of a class.
- Registrations are not transferable.

Class Cancellations

The Folk School will conduct classes for which a minimum number of students are registered. If the School must cancel a class, registered students will be given the opportunity to enroll in another class, with no transfer penalty. A full refund will be given to students who do not wish to transfer. If you plan to fly, please confirm that your class has sufficient enrollment to run prior to booking your ticket. The Folk School is not responsible for nonrefundable airline tickets in any circumstance.

Cancellation Due to COVID

To prioritize the safety of our campus and community, we have revised our cancellation policy to provide flexibility for COVID-19-related cancellations. For any student with a positive diagnosis, symptoms, or exposure to COVID-19 within two weeks of a class start, we will waive the cancellation fee and issue a full refund up to the day a class begins. Students should notify the Registrar immediately. Because of registration costs and other services, including faculty contracts, material acquisitions, and housing arrangements, the Folk School is required to charge cancellation fees to students who change their itineraries for non-COVID-19 reasons.

Missed Class Time Due to COVID-19

In the case of missed class time because a student or instructor experiences a positive COVID-19 test or the Folk School suspends or cancels a class, the amount of missed class time will be pro-rated as credit towards a future class. Once a class begins, there will be no refunds or credits for early departure, late arrival, or missed class for any other reason.

A bird's eye view of contra dancing
Instructor Substitutions

Occasionally an instructor must cancel for health or family reasons. When this happens, we make every attempt to find a replacement instructor qualified to teach the class as closely as possible to what is described in the catalog. However, sometimes it is necessary to cancel the class. In either case, all registered students will be given the opportunity to transfer to another class or cancel without penalty.

Class Content

While we make every effort to verify their accuracy, class descriptions are provided by instructors, who are independent contractors, and cannot be warranted by the Folk School.

Class Materials

Students in craft classes typically use material in the making of their projects.

Because the amount of materials used will vary by student, material fees are NOT included in the tuition amount. Upon registering for a class, you will receive an estimate of these additional fees on your invoice, along with a list of materials the instructor requests you bring to class. Payment by cash or check for materials purchased from the instructor or the school is required on the last day of class. Material fees can range from $0 to over $300.
Classes with material fees of $100 or more are noted in italics in the class description section of this catalog.

Click here to view the 2022 Student Handbook, which includes more information and resources to help you prepare for your trip.


Drugs, Alcohol, and Firearms

Alcohol is not permitted in studios or public areas. The use of illegal drugs is prohibited. Firearms are not permitted on campus.

Acceptance Policy

The Folk School is an equal-opportunity institution and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious affiliation, nationality, or ethnic origin. We strive to create an environment in which everyone feels welcome, respected, and free to learn and create. We ask that all who come here do so with tolerance and community-building in mind.

Age Requirements

Students must be at least 18 years of age (21 for some cooking classes, as noted in the class description). No one under 18 may take a class without approval. Exceptions are Little/Middle Folk School and Intergenerational Week, which are designed especially for young people. No one under 18 may stay on campus without being enrolled in a class.


The Folk School's terrain is hilly and uneven. All public facilities at the Folk School have handicap-accessible entrances and restrooms. Studios and housing facilities are handicap accessible. If you have mobility restrictions, please contact us to discuss housing and access to studios and other facilities.


Smoking is not allowed inside any building at the Folk School. There are no indoor smoking facilities.

Personal Property

The Folk School is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students and instructors.

Studio Safety

The Folk School is not responsible for injuries sustained as a result of improper or careless use of studio tools or equipment.

Studio Safety

The Folk School is not responsible for injuries sustained as a result of improper or careless use of studio tools or equipment.

Dog Policy for Folk School Campground

With advance permission of the Folk School, students staying ONLY in the campground may bring their well-behaved dog(s). Dogs are not allowed in any buildings on the Folk School campus. All dogs must be on a leash (maximum length 6 feet) at all times. All dog waste must be picked up immediately. Dogs cannot be left unattended in the campground, except inside an air-controlled RV while students are in class. Allowing your dog(s) to bark uncontrollably will not be permitted. We ask you to have documentation of current rabies vaccinations. If at any point your dog(s) becomes aggressive, we reserve the right to ask you to leave the campground without a refund.

Cell Phone Usage

Cell service is sporadic on campus, but if you have a signal, we ask that conversations take place in private. No cell phone use in studios during class, at the Dining Hall, or at other group gatherings.

Wi-Fi Usage

Wi-Fi is available in most common areas and studios.

Unacceptable Behavior

The Folk School reserves the right to dismiss any student, without refund, for behavior that is disruptive to the community living and learning environment and to refuse future registrations from such student.

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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

Main Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Craft Shop Hours:
Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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