Part silent meditation retreat,

part transformational art experience.

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Artmonk Retreat

“Hosting the Muse”

July 14-20, 2018

Register by June 22


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 yoga and movement • amazing organic food from our garden • a supportive, intimate group • guided nature explorations • stunning natural environment •


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. By camping outside, meditating on the grassy hills, exploring the forests, swimming in the rivers, and looking closely at the full spectrum of natural life, we will open the doors to a new perspective on ourselves. From a place of silence and stillness, we will create and explore together.

The retreats are 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. The week culminates in a concert offered by the retreatants to the public.

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


In the spirit of returning to the speaking community with gift-bearing hands, the retreat culminates by inviting the public to join us for a sharing of the music we’ve been singing all week and curated optional sharing of the creative work produced. This artshare is called Emerge. Please invite your people.

July Emerge ~ Thursday, July 19 at 7pm


Silent Art Residency

This year we offer a new opportunity to stay on for an additional week for the Silent Art Residency. For those who stay for the second week, we will continue in the container of silence, but with 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 the Silent Art 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 seasoned Artmonks Betsy McCall, Raphael Sacks, and Neva Cockrell.

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. Garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, Betsy’s large-scale pattern-based drawings and videos have been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome. Betsy now lives part of the year at Green Gulch Farm – Green Dragon Zen Temple in Muir Beach, Marin County, CA.

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. In 2012, she joined the Art Monastery Project, and currently serves as a co-director of Art Monastery Vermont. She has been practicing meditation for the past 12 years, and has found much guidance in the Shambhala tradition. Her life path is deeply ground in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice.



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 tents and in the 5-bedroom farmhouse. We will sit under the magical pear tree overlooking the river for morning meditation. The barn-turned-movement-space is available for movement-based practices as well as a variety of other shared and outdoor art-making spaces.


Our temporary monastery takes the form of a farmhouse, our zendo the sprawling lawn and barn-turned-dance-studio. In order to accommodate all those interested in participating and to more consistently delve into nature, some retreatants will be sleeping in tents. If you’d prefer to be in a bed or on a couch, we have a few available. Please contact the retreat organizers at

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


To reserve your spot,

  • Fill out the registration form and
  • place a $150 deposit via PayPal or Venmo (non-refundable).
  • Pay via PayPal or Venmo to
  • Balance is due before the retreat begins.

Registration closes June 22, 2018.

Sliding Scale Prices

$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. We can offer a $50 discount if you choose to sleep in a tent.

Note: Solo rooms for this program have sold out. We still have shared rooms and camping available.

Retreat+Residency Combo discount: enjoy $100 discount when you stay for the following week of silent art residency.

You may combine the Retreat+Residency and Tent-sleeping discounts for a total of $150 off.

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. 

To Register

  • fill out the registration form and
  • pay online via PayPal or Venmo to
    • $150 deposit to secure your place in the retreat (non-refundable)
    • balance due before the retreat begins
  • Registration deadline: June 22

“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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