On thirty-four acres in the beautiful southern Appalachian foothills of Pickens, SC, the Rensing Center is more than just the land, the people, the gardens and the buildings. Our non-profit organization models a way of life less addicted to cheap energy, and more blessed by what actually fulfills us.
The Rensing Center offers five main programs:
We provide living and work space to self-motivated applicants looking for an isolated rural, creative landscape, for periods ranging from one week to six months. Focus may be creative, professional, environmental, or all of these. Call for information.
Several programs will be announced for the coming year including a book signing, some focused reading on green building and solar energy. A 2000 volume library is being catalogued.
Workshops & Events
Live Deliberately, a free monthly conversation series begun in 2011, has led to many inspiring ideas, and workshops cover a wide range of subjects guided by our mission: Italian cooking, an environmental symposium, calligraphy, experimental music, Permaculture, original films, and others in planning stages.
Since 2005, we have held a week-long invitational gathering of creative energy around a different theme each year, with spontaneous and planned art, play, and concerted work toward our organization’s goals. Held in April, these events celebrate Evelyn’s birthday.
Overnight or longer retreats at the Rensing Center can be a time of growth and renewal. The land includes pastures, waterfalls, forest, nature trails and gardens (flower and vegetable), set in beautiful Pickens County.