Welcome to the Rensing Center!

On twenty-six 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.

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The Rensing Center offers five main programs:

Residencies
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.

Library
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.

Annual Camp
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.

Retreats
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.

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April 4 – 6, 2014: ArtCamp

Our Annual Meeting and ArtCamp is coming up April 4-6. Stand by for further details!

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May 5: Upstate Forever Field Trip

May 5th, 2013
2p-5p

Join Upstate Forever for a tour of The Rensing Center!

We will meet at the main entrance at 2:00 to tour the property with Ellen Kochansky. Master naturalist Joe Townsend will guide us on a half-mile Nature Trail to a waterfall, and Nathan Missel, green designer and builder, will offer thoughts on green features of the new EKO house.

RSVP to Emily Neely at eneely@upstateforever.org by Monday, April 22.

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May 4: TriCounty Transition Green Living Tour

Saturday, May 4, 11-4pm
Learn how to save a little green!
More information here!

Tricounty Transition visits 6 homes (in Pendleton, Central, Seneca, Mountain Rest, and Pickens), 2 new buildings at Clemson University (Lee Hall 3 and The Life Sciences Building) and 7 Businesses that sell sustainable/green products/services.

Features include use of renewable energy and energy efficient components, solar power, rainwater harvesting, edible and sustainable landscapes, use of recycled products for building, graywater collection, energy dashboard to monitor energy use, radiant heated floors, convection windows, skylights, soldier fly composting, a composting toilet, and creative co-housing.

From backyard chickens and LEED platinum buildings to green burial services, come see what our Upstate neighbors are building to become more sustainable and resilient in the 21st century.

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Apr. 19-21: Art Camp / Annual Board Retreat

Our 2013 Board Retreat and Art Camp will focus on building a new Gateway to the Nature Trail, warming the newly built house of our Executive Director, Ellen Kochansky, as well as wishing Evelyn Kochansky a very happy 93rd birthday!

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Dec. 15 – Molly Aubry: Mycophilia Exhibit

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Nov. 3: Concrete Casting Workshop

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Earth Dialogue – tonight at Friends Café, Clemson – 5:30pm

We’re very excited about this program that our friend Ellie Taylor coordinates. Come check it out!

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Looking Inward, Looking Outward

Looking Inward, Looking Outward

Gallery Opening for two Rensing Residents:

Dylan Critchfield-Sales
and
Alyson Soonchan Highsmith

April 4, 2014
7-9pm
in the Rensing Center Pottery Building

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Jun-Aug 2014: Ali Aschman Residency

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Jun-Jul 2014: Laura Kasinof Residency

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June 2014: Colette Lucas Residency

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June 2014: Rob Lutfy Residency

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May-Jun 2014: Jude Harzer Residency

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May 2014: Richard Fritz Residency

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May 2014: Michele Fritz Residency

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