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“I have come back to my life with so much from your retreat…Obviously, it occurred in the garden and in the kitchen. It occurred while hugging the Big Body and running through the woods. It occurred while meditating together in the mornings, while pooping into peat moss, while experiencing Raff’s performance, and while singing, singing, singing! There was space to open my mind to the work, and with that space I spent the rest of the summer working and chewing. And the pieces, finally did come to fruition.”

—Dan Warner

Artist Residencies

May 5 to June 15

July 1 to 14

August 5 to 16

Register below

What

This residency program is designed to offer you just enough structure to take your creative project to the next level.

We offer:

  • daily contemplative practice & singing —Members of the Core Team are happy to offer meditation instruction. Just mention it and we’ll arrange it.
  • optional movement practice
  • three lovingly prepared meals, made as much as possible with local, organic responsible ingredients
  • a supportive and intimate community
  • the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback from other artists
  • shared studio space
  • maximum solo time to work on your project
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The retreat is set on 7 acres of land overlooking the Connecticut River. There will be plenty of outdoor spaces for moving, creating sound, or finding inspiration in nature.

We find that perhaps the greatest gift the Art Monastery has to offer is the opportunity to make art within the container of a contemplative community. We find it extremely effective to build community through the spirit of the gift. As such, everyone who comes to the Art Monastery spends one hour each day in the kitchen either helping to prepare or clean up after a meal. Rubbing elbows at the kitchen sink and while chopping vegetables from our garden give rise to some of the sweetest conversations. Thank you for participating in our heartfelt community!

Sample Weekday Schedule

7:30am — silent breakfast
8:15am — meditation & singing
9am-12:30pm — creative time / personal time
12:30-1:30pm — lunch with personal check-in
2-7pm — creative time / personal time
Dinner self-organized on your own rhythm
Artshares as scheduled as requested.

Weekends

Open Schedule

When

You choose your ideal dates within the windows of

  • May 5 to June 15
  • July 1 to 14
  • August 5 to 16

Also consider

  • The Embodied Artist (June 25-30) Get into your body with a three-hour embodiment training every morning, make your art every afternoon, with the option to share in the evenings.
  • The Embodied Artist + Self Led Artist Residency Combo (June 25-July 7) Get into your body with the Embodied Artist and stay for a second week to dive deep into your creative practice.
  • Artmonk Retreat + Silent Art Residency Combo (July 16-28) Sink deeply into contemplation with the support and structure of the Artmonk Retreat and stay for a second week of artmaking in a more open but still silent container.
  • Silent Art Residency (July 23-28) Meditate & sing every morning & evening, with the rest of the day open for your self led artmaking in an intimate container.

Who

Artists.*

*(We believe everyone is an artist.)

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Whether you are in your creative stride or rejuvenating your creative path, this week offers you the opportunity to develop your work within a contemplative container and, with the support of an intimate like-minded community of creatives, accomplish more than you thought possible.

The Art Monastery hosts visiting artists of all disciplines. Work spaces are available for soundmaking and for quiet, for visual art and dance/theater movement, in addition to the excellent outdoor landscape of our Vermont location.

Artistic feedback and contemplative support is available in one-on-one meetings with the Core Team, as well as group shares at the end of the week.

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Where

Art Monastery Vermont, 2315 Connecticut River Road, Springfield, VT.

A truly special 7-acre farm on the banks of the Connecticut River, conveniently located right on Routes 5 & 143, we will live in the 8-bedroom farmhouse.

Accommodation

Sleep in a shared room, work in shared studio space. Upgrade to a private sleeping space with a desk (according to availability) for an additional $75.

For information on how to arrive, visit our Directions page.

How

To Apply

Application deadline: rolling deadlines, preferably two weeks before you’d like to arrive, but we’re open to last minute stays

To apply, fill out the online application below. You will hear from us within 2 weeks.

If you are accepted,

  • fill out the registration form we email you;
  • pay online via PayPal or Venmo to donations@artmonastery.org.
    • $150 deposit to secure your place in the retreat (non-refundable)
    • balance due before the residency begins
  • sign the liability waiver and email to info@artmonastery.org.

For information on what to bring, please visit our packing list page.

For information on how to arrive, visit our Directions page.

Sliding Scale

$450-850 per week

These rates include three delicious meals per day and housing in a shared bedroom for one week.

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$850 PROFESSIONAL RATE for those living comfortably. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

$650 FULL RATE for those with a regular income, making ends meet. The Full Rate covers the range of operational costs associated with offering Art Monastery retreats.

$450 SUBSIDIZED RATE for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.

These rates are include three delicious meals per day and housing in a shared bedroom.

You may upgrade to a solo room for an additional $75.

Solo rooms also have a writing desk or table.

Discounts

Early Bird Discount

Enjoy $100 discount when you register and pay in full six weeks before your residency begins.

Retreat+Residency Combo Discount

Enjoy $100 discount when you combine the Artmonk Retreat with the Silent Art Residency or the Embodied Artist with a week of self led Artist Residency.

Extended Residency

Enjoy $100 discount when you add any two residency weeks together. (If you’d like to stay for 3 or more weeks, please contact us for further discounts: info@artmonastery.org)

Bring a Friend Discount

Receive $50 discount for you and a friend when you refer to each other on the registration form (sent to you after you complete the application and are offered a residency).

Camping Discount

Receive $50 discount when you sleep in a tent. We have a couple of tent platforms and tent available by request. There’s space inside for you to store some things.

You may combine the above discounts for a total of  $300 off.


It is important to us that no one be turned away for lack of funds. 

Please contact us for information about scholarships and worktrade if this cost is prohibitive.