I changed from the inside out. I was lighter. I was brighter. I breathed in life instead of just air.
—2018 retreat participant
The Artmonk Retreat opened my heart and let my spirit sit beside me. Simple as that.
—2018 retreat participant
part transformational art experience.
Registration open now.
Early Bird deadline: April 25
Registration deadline: May 16
An intimate week 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 •More...
The Artmonk Retreat explores the interaction of contemplation, creativity, and community in a 6-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 an Artmonk Retreat Combo
– Artist Residency + Artmonk Retreat (May 23-June 6)
– Artmonk Retreat + Silent Art Residency (May 30-June 12)
and save $75.
“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
Your retreat will be led by Artmonks Suiko McCall, Raphael Sacks, Neva Cockrell, and Qayyum Johnson.
For more about the Retreat Leaders, please visit the Core Team page.More about Retreat Leaders...
Suiko 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. Her contemplative paintings have been shown from San Francisco and New York City to Amsterdam and Rome. suiko.art
Raphael 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.
Neva 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.