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This is a low-/no-pressure space for women and queer folks to have private creative time in stunning pastoral Vermont within the intimate, nurturing mandala of the Art Monastery.

Self led liberated art-making,

vibrant communal interactions, and

the invitation to create a safe container for further explorations of identity

are the rich offerings of this seasonal time.

A unique opportunity to gather female-identified and queer folks together in a dynamic live/work studio setting to examine gender conditioning through a deepening commitment to art-making, personal transformation, and social justice.

This residency program is designed to offer you just enough structure to take your creative project to the next level.

We offer:

  • daily contemplative practice & singing
  • movement practice
  • three lovingly prepared meals, made as much as possible with local, organic responsible ingredients
  • a supportive and intimate community
  • the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback from other artists
  • shared studio space
  • maximum solo time to work on your project

All of these offerings are optional and not required.

The retreat is set on 7 acres of land over looking the Connecticut River. There will be plenty of outdoor spaces for moving, creating sound, or finding inspiration in nature.

Come for the week before, have Thanksgiving with us as well, and enjoy a $100 discount.


November 27 – December 2

Application Deadline: November 22, 2018

Early Bird Discount Deadline: October 16, 2018


Artists* who identify as female or queer.

* We believe everyone is an artist.

Whether you are all curiosity without an iota of experience or you are a seasoned professional, this week offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and, with the support of a community of like-minded creatives, accomplish more than you thought possible.

The Art Monastery hosts visiting artists of all disciplines. Work spaces are available for soundmaking and for quiet, for visual art and dance/theater movement, in addition to the excellent outdoors landscape of our Vermont location.

Artistic feedback and contemplative support is available in one-on-one meetings with the Core Team, as well as a group share at the end of the week.




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.


Sleep in a shared room, work in shared studio space. Upgrade to a private sleeping space (according to availability) for an additional $75.

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


To apply, fill out the online application below. You will hear from us within 2 weeks.

  • Application deadline: November 22, 2018
  • Early Bird discount: October 16, 2018

If you are accepted,

  • fill out the registration form;
  • 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 residency begins

Sliding Scale


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

More on Rates & Discounts...

$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.

You may upgrade to a solo room for an additional $75.

Solo rooms also have a writing desk or table.


Retreat+Residency Combo discount: This year’s program follows the Artmonk Retreat, a weekend silent meditation retreat aimed at cultivating creativity. Join for both programs and enjoy $100 discount.

You may combine the Retreat+Residency and Early Bird discounts for a total of $200 off.

Extended Residency discount: Receive $100 discount when you add any two residency weeks together.

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

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