Part silent meditation retreat,

part transformational art experience.

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Artmonk Retreat

“Hosting the Muse”

December 6-9, 2018

Register by November 22

Early Bird Discount available until October 25



An intimate weekend of contemplation and creativity, all held in the supportive container of silence and the natural beauty of the shores of the Connecticut River.

• guided and silent meditation• guided group creative sessions • solo time to dig into your creative practice • daily guided movement • amazing local food cooked with love • a supportive, intimate group •  stunning natural environment •


The Artmonk Retreat explores the interaction of contemplation, creativity, and community in a 4-day program designed to train the mind, access deeper levels of personal and creative insight, and bring these insights  back to the world. Whether you are a professional artist or seeking personal development (or both!), Artmonk Retreats are an opportunity to deepen your connection with the source of your creativity.

In an intimate group, we will delve into the overlap of contemplation and creativity, drawing inspiration and teachings from the natural world. From a place of silence and stillness, we will create and explore together.

The retreat is predominantly silent, with some opportunity for reflection and sharing. The base practice of silent sitting meditation is punctuated with singing practice and some movement meditation. Solo creative sessions are interspersed toward the beginning of the retreat, working up to longer periods of unstructured creative time.

In order to support the transformative power of truly unplugging, there will be no wi-fi at this retreat.

As with all Art Monastery programs, participants will offer 1 hour each day helping in the kitchen and/or the garden. Even in silence, rubbing elbows at the kitchen sink builds beautiful community.

To maximize our time in silence together, this retreat will conclude with an artshare that is not open to the public. There will be no “Emerge” public event as are traditional with the weeklong version of the Artmonk Retreat. 


Also consider the Artmonk Retreat + Silent Art Residency Combo (December 6-16).

We offer the opportunity to stay on for an additional week of Art Residency. As we begin the second week, we will lift the container of silence. The schedule will contain far less meditation or structured activities, leaving your schedule open to dive into full creative mode. The idea is to focus on the quieting of the mind during the Artmonk Retreat and to unleash your creative production in the second week. You may sign up for either the Artmonk Retreat or a Self Led Artist Residency. If you participate in both, you receive a $100 discount.

“The retreat was so full of magic and peace…At the end, we were part of a concert the likes of which can hardly be heard and felt anywhere. It was beyond beautiful.” – 2012 Retreatant

“A chance to hear yourself in a way that everyday life shouts over.” – 2017 Retreatant




Meditators interested in creativity.

Creatives interested in meditation.


(We believe everyone is an artist.)

Artistic feedback and contemplative support is available in one-on-one meetings with the Core Team.


“Nothing short of transformative.”  – 2016 Retreatant

“No question: a life-changing experience.” -2017 Retreatant

“An incredibly healing week for me.”  -2017 Retreatant


Retreat Leaders

Your retreat will be led by Artmonks Betsy McCall, Raphael Sacks, Neva Cockrell, and Qayyum Johnson.

For more about the Retreat Leaders, please visit the Core Team page.

More about Retreat Leaders...

Betsy McCall co-founded the Art Monastery Project in 2008, an international arts organization dedicated to applying the collaborative and intentional “social sculpture” of monastic life to art-making and creativity. In 2013, she published the book Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking. In 2017, she published the workbook Live Your Dream: Start Here, Start Now,.available in Arabic, Croatian, Italian, German, and Polish. betsymccallart.com

RaphaelSacks HeadshotRaphael Sacks has sung, danced, made theater and taught yoga in New York, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Berlin, Stockholm, Dubai. He is a founding member of Loom Ensemble and a core organizer/administrator for the Art Monastery Project. NYC credits include performances at BAM with Meredith Monk; Lincoln Center with Urban Research Theater; and La MaMa with Loom Ensemble.

NevaHeadshotNeva Cockrell is a dancer, director, and movement instructor. She tours internationally with Pilobolus and directs new dance-theater works in the US, Dubai, and Europe with the company she co-founded, Loom Ensemble. When she isn’t directing or performing, she is teaching her own movement technique, Catalyst Training, which she developed in 2016.

Qayyum Johnson is a bricolage poet/writer, sculptor, sound & video artist & ordinary person inspired by indigenous, folk & street traditions & mash-ups. He was an organic vegetable farmer and resident Zen student at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center / Green Dragon Zen Temple for 12 years. Qayyum has studied & practiced myriad spiritual paths, served on an interfaith street chaplaincy board, and corresponds with incarcerated men seeking contemplative comrades.



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

A truly special 7-acre farm on the banks of the Connecticut River, we will live in the 8-bedroom farmhouse on Route 5.

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


To Register

  • fill out the registration form below; and
  • 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 retreat 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 Prices

$650 PROFESSIONAL RATE  for those living comfortably. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

$475 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.

$350 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.


Early Bird Discount

Enjoy $50 discount when you register and pay in full by October 25.

Retreat+Residency Combo Discount

Enjoy $100 discount when you stay for the following week of Self Led Art Residency.

You may combine the Retreat+Residency and Early Bird discounts for a total of $150 off.

Bring a Friend Discount

Enjoy $25 discount for you and a friend when you sign up together.


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

Please contact us for information about scholarships and work-trade if this cost is prohibitive. 





“I hope to do this again as often as I can.” – 2017 Retreatant

“Not only do I feel more grounded and peaceful, but I feel so close to my muse. I can feel her gently putting me out of the way so she can show me the path. I’m delighted by her.” – 2017 Retreatant

“It’s an idyllic setting and generous people serving delicious nourishing food for body, mind, spirit, and heart.” – 2017 Retreatant

“I feel totally blessed by this community, this land, and the energy that pulses from every creature here.” – 2017 Retreatant


Join us.

Meet yourself— fresh, new,

and creatively afire this summer.

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