Dumplin’s & Dancin’

The 4th annual Dumplin’s & Dancin’ will take place November 30-December 2, 2018.

Dumplin’s & Dancin’ is more than just a get-together. It’s a community-wide gathering where farmers, musicians, chefs, square dance callers, seed savers, dancers, and food activists, all committed to the preservation of Appalachian foodways and dance traditions, come together to learn, network, and eat at the historic Hindman Settlement School. Attendees may choose to take part in a host of workshops and each evening features a powerful keynote along with lively music and dancing.


  • An opportunity to prepare a meal alongside one of signature chefs for a special Kitchen Table meal. Signature chefs include Ouita Michel, Ronni Lundy, Kristin Smith, Lawrence Weeks, Jordan Delewis, AuCo Lai, and others.
  • A locally-sourced Feast prepared by two of Kentucky’s finest chefs, Ouita Michel and Kristin Smith.
  • A keynote presentation from New York Times best-selling author Silas House on “The Indulgence of Pickled Bologna.”
  • Opportunities to share stories during informal “gather rounds” and explore food literacy through presentations from a Bread Loaf partner school, Fern Creek High School.
  • Nightly square dances will feature performances from the house band and special guest musicians and callers.

Explore the tabs below to discover more about Dumplin’s & Dancin’ and its staff. To register, click here or the link in the blue banner near the bottom of the page.



Friday, November 1
2:00pm Kitchen Dining Hall
3:00pm Kitchen Table Meal
3:15pm Square Dance
Saturday, November 2
8:30-9:30am Registration Mullins Center-Dining Hall
9:30-10:40am Short Concurrent Session

Cornbread (Jason Brashear)

Pull Candy (Maggie Bowling)

Various Locations
9:30-11:55am Long Concurrent Session

Apple Pies/ Cast Iron Cooking (Katie Hoffman)

Various Locations
10:45-11:55am Fried Chicken

Dance Class

Various Locations
12:00pm Lunch Mullins Center-Dining Hall
1:00-2:10pm Short Concurrent SessionSoupbean Pie (Stephanie Jeter)

Shucky Beans (Lora Smith)

Salt Curing Pork (Dr. Gregg Rentfrow)

Various Locations
2:20-3:30pm Long Concurrent SessionSalt Rising Bread (Susan Brown)

Dance Class

Various Locations
3:30- 4:00pm Short Concurrent SessionGroup Sing Various Locations
4:00- 5:30pm Cornbread Circle Mullins Center-Great Hall
6:30pm Feast / Keynote (Ouita Michel, Kristen Smith, Lora Smith, and Crew) Mullins Center-Dining Hall
8:00pm Community Square Dance Mullins Center-Great Hall

For concurrent session descriptions, click the “Sessions” tab.


Concurrent Sessions

Short Current Sessions

Long Current Sessions


Staff Bios



Retreat Registration (includes all meals, Feast, and two-nights lodging:
Workshops & Meals Only (includes all meals and Feast):
One Day Pass (includes meals):
Feast Only: 

To registerclick here or the link in the blue banner near the bottom of the page.

About Campus

About Campus

The campus is hilly and there will be some walking during the event. So, bring comfortable shoes. Please detail any mobility issues or concerns during the registration process and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Rooms are simple, but comfortable. Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided, but you will need to bring your own toiletries. Our facilities utilize shared bathrooms. Consequently, you may wish to bring a robe. There are no telephones or TVs. A small, shared refrigerator is available.

Wireless Internet is available in the Mullins Center, Gathering Place, and Stucky buildings. The Knott County Public Library, located adjacent to campus, has public computers available with Internet access.

Depending on you service provider, cell phone coverage is spotty to good. You can leave the main office number (606-785-5475) as an emergency contact number. It is staffed during business hours. After hours, in the event of an emergency, a staff member may be reached at 606-438-5455.

All buildings are air-conditioned and smoke-free.

Pets, firearms, and alcohol are prohibited on School property.

Dress is casual, but shirt and shoes are required.

Our dining hall offers traditional and vegetarian meal options. Please indicate your dietary preference during the registration process. We have a filtered water system at the Dining Hall and public water is supplied from the Carr Fork Reservoir. The tap water is drinkable, but some prefer to bring their own drinking water. Bottled water is also available for purchase on campus.

A Dollar General, a Rite-Aid, and an IGA grocery store are located a few miles down the road. A small convenience store is located within walking distance of campus. A Wal-Mart and other major stores are located in Hazard, which is about 20 minutes away.

Register Now for Dumplin's & Dancin'! November 1 - 3, 2019