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 silent meditation retreat,

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 •


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

Retreat Leaders

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

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. Make a $150 non-refundable deposit to secure your place and pay the balance before the retreat begins. Or pay in full now.

  • via paypal (donations@artmonastery.org) or
  • venmo (@art-monastery) or
  • mail a check made out to Art Monastery to 2315 Connecticut River Road, Springfield, VT 05156 or

Sliding Scale


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

More on Rates & Discounts...

$1000 PROFESSIONAL RATE  for those living comfortably. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

$800 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.

$600 SUBSIDIZED RATE for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.

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

We offer a $50 discount if you choose to sleep in a tent. You may upgrade to a solo room for an additional $100. Solo rooms also have a writing desk or table.


Early Bird Discount

Enjoy a $75 discount when you register and pay in full by April 25.

Retreat+Residency Combo Discount

Enjoy $75 discount when you come for any two consecutive weeklong programs. Register for Combo Programs on the Combo page.

May 23-June 6 – Artist Residency + Artmonk Retreat

May 30-June 12 – Artmonk Retreat + Silent Art Residency

June 6-20 – Silent Art Residency + Embodied Artist

June 14-29 – Embodied Artist + Artist Residency

Bring a Friend Discount

Enjoy $50 discount for you and a friend when you sign up together (at least one must be new to the Art Monastery). Both of you enter code FRIEND50 at checkout when registering.

Camping Discount

Enjoy $50 discount for you sleep in a tent. (We have 2 tents available. If you’d like to borrow one of ours, please let us know so that we can reserve it for you. Our tents are available first-come-first-served.)

You may combine the Retreat+Residency, Early Bird, Bring-a-Friend, and Camping discounts for a total of $250 off whatever level of the sliding scale you choose.

Payment Plans

If you have “PayPal credit” enabled in your PayPal payment options, you can use that to check out and you’ll be able to pay installments to your PayPal account.

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

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

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

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

“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.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.