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annual FLOWER MOON cohort

2024 dates: Saturday May 18 - Saturday June 1

INTRO

" Let us live like flowers, wild and beautiful and drenched in sun."
- Ellen Everett

May is THEE best time to be in a Sarasvati creative Space residency at Camp Wonder Wander!

The weather is most often lovely and after Feb-April rains, the flowers and trees, grass, etc. are in full bloom and colorful glory. It's a spectacular time to use the outdoor space to your advantage. And celebrate a few donkey birthdays!

APPLY TODAY TO BE ONE OF A MAXIMUM OF 9 PARTICIPANTS.

Are you seeking a residency that will allow you to interact with others in a multi-disciplinary self-directed intensive and provide you with nature pop inspiration?

This is the best time to be in this area. The maximum participation in this cohort is 9 with two rooms available for partners/friends. Farm Stay scholarship is not available for this program, but if you are interested in this you can ask about an extended stay arriving earlier in May.

 

Priority will be given to mediums that use the outdoor space primarily for work or installation such as plein air, photography/film, sculpture/installation, fiber arts, theater, or writing, among others.

Camp Wonder Wander Bamboo Grove looking up at the sky

This is a nature immersion and homestead experience group residency with a summer camp flair. A maximum of 9 participants with multi-disciplinary interests.
program runs with a minimum of 3 participants.

APPLICATION DEADLINE : MARCH 15 and will be reviewed afterwards if there are spots available. Applications will be reviewed as submitted so you don't have to wait until the deadline for this opportunity.

FAQ

ITINERARY BASICS

  • ARRIVAL DAY/NIGHT : Saturday May 18 Welcome Group Dinner and a get-to-know each other evening filled with PechaKucha style presentation - 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide to introduce yourself to the group and what you hope to accomplish.

  • Sunday mid-morning we'll gather as a group for an introduction to the land with a guided Forest Therapy walk

  • The full Flower Moon is Thursday, May 23rd. We'll gather for a bonfire. Have a musical instrument or other talent you want to share (not required)?

  • Group dinner - Sunday May 26 - share your progress.

  • Final group dinner - Friday May 31 - share your final progress, final bonfire.

  • Depart on Saturday June 1

Except for these coordinated group activities your time is your own to find your rhythm and even rest, making sure to go for a walk, skip rocks at the river, hug the donkeys, or read a book for pleasure or research, etc. 

Celebrate May donkey birthdays - the youngest, Cupcake will turn 1 on May 20, Cocoa-puffs will be 4 on March 23rd - the same day as the full moon, and the oldest, Smokey will turn 19 on May 24. (Smokey was adopted in 2017). And a belated bday to Sage Honey, born May 14 - she'll be 3.

 

program fee includes:

  • All of the benefits of being on site including the donkeys and access to the land, the furnished housing, kitchens, etc. (more info in the f.a.q. section)

  • Access to the books on site and communal spaces inside and outside.

  • An assigned studio if needed.

  • housekeeping to prepare for the group, daily basic cleaning of shared bathrooms and communal spaces, housekeeping and all of the laundry after your departure

  • utilities and wifi

  • 3 group meals & fresh farm organic eggs

  • guided Forest Therapy walk

  • group gatherings

  • a camp care package

  • documentation of your work, progress interviews and final interviews posted on YouTube channel and connected to the Sarasvati creative Space instagram that you can share.

  • lodging fees include local and state required taxes approximately 17% of the total.

What's not included? your own supplies, transportation and personal food for all other meals. Please inquire about assistance from the Nashville airport if you are flying into TN for an additional fee.

 

What should I bring?

You will be provided a general recommendation list.

  • all of your own supplies, clothes, toiletries, and food

  • No shoes allowed inside the houses so bring socks and slippers.

  • Flashlight

  • Shoes that can get wet in the rain or shoes to walk into the river.

  • Basic bedding is provided, but you may want your own pillow, blanket or towel.

Program & Lodging Fees:

 

PROGRAM FEE IS $750

Choose your lodging option and based on application with studio needs, plus first come first serve you'll be assigned to one of the following:

SINGLE OCCUPANCY - all of these share a bath with usually one other person (booking by first choice in application acceptance)

Twin  / Raspberry Residency (2 rooms) = $350 (ea)

Full  / Lemon Lodge = $475

Twin bed / Pine Room live/work studio in Lemon Lodge = $425

Queen / Camphaus = $525

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY private en-suites: (booking by first choice in application acceptance. please designate if you have a roommate attending with you.) Maximum 2 occupants each room:

Full with Twin Bunk / Raspberry Residency  = $700

King with Twin / Lemon Lodge = $850

program fee will be your deposit and paid in full with contract. lodging fee is due no later than May 11, 2024. Rhere is no cancellation and no refunds.

Can I extend my stay?

You may be able to extend your stay by arriving earlier in May for a total of four weeks on site. Please make a note of this in your application and you'll be given a quote for the additional time. Farm stay scholarship is only available for the extended stay period.

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FLOWER MOON MAY COHORT APPLICATION
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Thank you for your application. It will be reviewed within the coming days and you will be contacted via email.

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