Ceremony, dance, meditation, celebration, outdoors, singing,

nourishing homegrown food, community, creativity…

step into your wild self. 

Wild & Well

August 9-12, 2018

Register by August 1 

Join us for a retreat of waking up to our wild, full selves! Each day will be based in a variety of different practices to help you ground down, energize, and fly high.

In order to regain a baseline sense of health, energy, and empowerment, we’ll start with the basics. There will be 3 meals a day of healthy, locally sourced food prepared by our in house chef. Every morning we’ll start with sitting meditation and follow with Catalyst Training, an inspiring new movement class designed to help you feel good in your body. The rest of our days will include hiking, swimming, guided journaling and visualizations, creative exercises, yoga, gardening and plenty of free time. In the evenings we’ll mix in ceremonies, intention setting, and fires. And why not throw in some wine and live music to keep our passionate sides alive and well?

Our goal is to help you re-enter into your life at the end of the retreat well slept, in better shape, creatively inspired, feeling empowered, and happier than when you left. It’s a time for you to truly take care of yourself, to connect with that deep, powerful inner you. Taking this time for yourself, will help you better show up for your home community, work, and family. Join us!

Retreat Leaders

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

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.


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.



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 retreat center takes the form of a farmhouse, our practice spaces 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. You can indicate your preferences on the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact the retreat organizers at info@artmonastery.org.

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


$400 PROFESSIONAL RATE for those living comfortably. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

$300 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.

$225 SUBSIDIZED RATE for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.

These rates include all meals, wine, and housing in a shared bedroom. We can offer a $40 discount if you choose to sleep in a tent. Or you can upgrade to a single room for an additional $40 above the listed prices, space allowing.

Early Bird discount

Enjoy a $50 discount when you pay in full by July 1.

Registration closes on August 1.

To secure your reservation, please: