let your creativity flow like the Buffalo River
( & explore our private riverfront )
CALLING Y'ALL CREATIVE PEEPS
This is a Nature Immersion Residency Program
in the rural rolling hills of mid-south TN
called the WESTERN HIGHLAND RIM
@ Camp Wonder Wander - a 17-acre creativity retreat center
You deserve the focused time in a quiet, natural environment for yourself and your work - from writing, research, fine art, music, design, dance, architecture, sound/film, and those in associated disciplines such as natural and social sciences.
This is a unique opportunity to live in a magical and luscious landscape where you can explore the flora and fauna of the bio-diverse region of mid-south Tennessee just under 2 hours southwest of the creative capitol of Nashville amd 3 hours east of vibrant Memphis. Escape the fast-pace world into a farm and forestry region where you'll have access to 17-acres with a variety of habitat from meadow to bamboo grove to river to forest; furnished housing; space to work; and interactions with the camp donkeys, chickens/roosters, cats, dogs, rabbits, and a peafowl pair
Create rhythm in your routine that includes working in the environment with a minimum of 10 hours per week contribution on the land, around the built environment as a creative philosophy and primary aspect of this thriving camp / homestead. Every moment is a special opportunity to connect on multiple levels to the earth and environment, yourself and your work, and any others that may be on site.
Carve out time that you deserve to focus on you and your creative endeavor.
Learn to go slow. Take time to gaze at the stars. Smell the earth.
Disconnect to reconnect.
Shifts happen here.
light pollution free zone
Rewarding experiences occur when we get LOST – lost in thought, lost in a good book, lost in translation, lost in conversation, lost in place.
Homestead Experience as Creative Philosophy
Each resident is expected to participate in the care and maintenance activities at the camp homestead.
This is integral to your disconnect opportunity.
See the F.A.Q. for more info.
Find out More about our Retreat & Summer camp Options
Residencies available year-round for
7 private rooms and a dorm option
Options for minimum stay of 7 nights up to many months.
The namesake – Sarasvati – is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and nature. This is a secular place that invites all walks of life to pursue your creative passions.
Nature should be your muse, collaborator, or co-conspirator. There is an organic curation of the participants at the particular time when paths intersect with the goal to create an interdisciplinary and diverse group for unique, once-in-a-lifetime particular individual experience. You don't have to be an full-time artist to reap the benefits of this space. The founder is a former college professor and is seeking to host a variety of disciplines including academics or former academics.
Sarasvati creative Space @ Camp Wonder Wander offers a safe, comfortable and creatively designed space in a rural setting twenty minutes drive from civilization for individuals – designers, writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, storytellers, performers, craft artisans, sound designers, academics, or those just seeking a creative outlet – to get lost; to explore their inner dream scapes and rejuvenate one's inner spirit; to carve out the time and space needed to start, finish, polish or develop projects or portfolios; to generate ideas, to create and engage in experimentation needed in the design and creative process.
Options include short term stays at least 7 nights to several months. The residency fee for all staying longer than 14 days includes a certified by ANFT Forest Therapy guided walk during your time to connect to the land intentionally.
EACH JOURNEY IS UNIQUE
Retreating into nature has been a creative habit for artists, thinkers, makers and more for so many years. Breaking away from your normal routine allows you to engage your brain and senses in a different way. Each journey here is unique, but paths will cross in interesting ways.
This residency is for all walks of life and career stages. It can be an alternative to grad school or a sabbatical rest stop especially as your host and founder is a former Graphic Design Professor able to act as a sounding board and mentor for those seeking that interaction.
forest therapy WALK
What is Forest Therapy?
Engage all of your senses at your particular time at the camp to make close observations to the land as a disconnection intention. Often known as "Forest Bathing" or "shinrin-yoku", this philosophy came about in Japan when the social healthcare system recognized an increase in health problems brought about by the intensity and demands of their urban work environment with the economic boom of the 80s. You'll learn more about this, but consider that humans have spent more time in natural environments than in the industrialized world over the course of history.
As close to your arrival time as possible, you will receive a complimentary Forest Therapy session for all residencies 14 days or longer (and can book a session for less than 14 days, see residency info). As an introduction to the land, you'll engage in wonder and wandering in this sensory experience in the natural surroundings of the retreat center. Your host, Val, is certified by ANFT, will be your guide to slowing down which can be difficult for us in our fast-paced society. A guide works in partnership with the more-than-human world to accompany and support others on the journeys through which they encounter and embody the whole of who they are.
My time in the Sarasvati artist residency was nothing short of life changing. I spent two months at the residency building a body of work to apply for graduate schools. I did not really know what direction I wanted my art to go before I came to the residency, but the space lends itself towards unfettered creativity and artistic freedom, allowing me to take my art down new, unforeseen paths. With few distractions, I was able to enter into a routine where I was much more productive than I would have been at home. Being able to go on a meditative walk down to the river or to just step outside and visit with the donkeys helped to keep my mind grounded as I worked. It’s a beautiful place where it’s easy to appreciate the changing nature all around you, a landscape which lends itself to artistic expression no matter what form it takes. I also met great people while I was there and had inspiring conversations while sitting around a campfire or looking at the stars. The artist residency left an indelible impression on my life, and I know that the course of my life will be changed because of it. - Brent Rowley (residency February - April 5, 2021)
COVID-19 UPDATE: How has your life changed since the start of the pandemic? Do you value time away from enclosed spaces and yearn for a bit of immersion in nature? Vaccines are widely available and being in the outdoors is one of the best places!
This is a great time to focus on your work as a creative person to get into nature for it's inspiration and motivation.Accepting residencies for the year as our space provides ample room for social distancing featuring 17 acres to explore on foot. Lodging features private rooms and either private bath or shared with possible one other person.
We prefer that you are fully vaccinated and boosted by the time of your stay. If you are not vaccinated we reserve the right to ask you to take a rapid test on arrival and possibly at any point during your stay if you may have been exposed.
Help us out by wearing a mask at the grocery store or in public inside spaces.