In particular, creatives who find nature as an inspiration, collaborator or muse.
The property is in two tracts of 5 acres of the primary living and work environments and 12 acres of undeveloped land that is a primitive campground, forest therapy trail and exploration space with about 400 feet of frontage on the Buffalo River.
At Camp Wonder Wander, you'll find a variety of terrain from forest, pasture, bamboo grove, vegetable/herb raised bed garden with fruit trees, meadow with natural growth, and the river bluff down to rocky river bed.
Cannot guarantee number of participants at any one time during your chosen schedule, but a community atmosphere is manifesting. Find out more about living accommodations below.
LODGING - fully furnished rooms and living quarters in a variety of styles that will inspire you or bring out the inner child.
Each space is furnished including bedding and pillows as well as items in kitchen for meals, laundry access, and eco-friendly products (TP, soap and detergent).
RESIDENCY RATES and details
Due to hospitality tax laws monthly rates do not require taxes. Stays that extend past a month, but not a complete month will receive a discount on the extra days beyond 30 which may likely be more than a 30 day prorated amount. All participants must review and sign contract and secure space with $250 deposit ($50 non-refundable).
To receive the discounted rent for the furnished space and access to all of the amenities, each participant commits to approximately 7 hours a week contribution to the care and maintenance of the property which are tasks designed to provide you a break that instigate the a-ha moments or time to reflect on your work. Staying less than 30 days, average daily contribution is about 30-40 minutes. These contributions can include a variety of tasks such as sweeping, touch up painting, help with the animals, gathering kindling, sweeping or raking and more.
weekly rates. Mon-Sun only arrival/departure times.
(This is a shared space with cats, office, creative workspace, camp director corner, and occasional volunteer or other resident)
plus $50 per extra person/month
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS / FEATURES
Yukata - $5/day . A Yukata is an informal kimono used in Japan sometimes seasonally in the summer as it's made with lighter fabric. More often they are used for evening routines after a bath, hot tub ritual. If you would like to try one out for a day to photograph or lounge in, don't hesitate to ask to see the options brought back from recent trips to Japan.
Ask about other add-on activities like:
Some people choose to use their private bedroom as a workspace while others may be using the natural environment for plein-air. The following rooms include a desk or small office with desk - king in Lemon Lodge, Queen in Raspberry Residency House, Single in Raspberry and Camp House. Some have chosen to set up an easel in the common living space. Jeremy Blair summer of 2019 used the back deck to test out his mobile darkroom tent.
Studio 1 - the size of a two car garage with a one car garage door features lots of windows and some work surfaces as well as running water/sink. This is primarily a pottery workshop space, but could be used based on your needs - let's discuss. Painters have used this most often with easels or flat table type surfaces. This also has a loft accessible with a ladder if you want a fun adventure and private space for your easels (long term goals to renovate this and add exterior stairwell, egress).
Studio 2 - approximately 8 x 12 feet freestanding structure close to the Lemon Lodge and donkey zone with a few windows for natural light. Open space with several storage cubbies. The camp cats, Buttercup and Cutey, access this for sleeping and snacks so you must be okay with cat visitors. Drafting table and horizontal workspace. Additional fees may apply for climate control options in the winter.
Studio 3 - a 3-season porch style room with 3 walls as full windows give tons of natural light and observation of nature at the Lemon Lodge. Features tables with chairs.
Exhibition space, practice space, larger studio space in the local town of Hohenwald will open sometime in 2022. If you are seeking a final presentation of your work or to teach a workshop, this will be the spot located in central town adjacent to the elephant sanctuary!
Subscribe and stay tuned!
Food during your stay is not included, but as the garden grows there will be some substantial community sustenance provided. Please note that eating healthy is part of the underlying philosophy of the space so we frown on soda and other junk food. Help your brain by working in the garden.
If you are interested in coordinating cooking lessons or some meals provided, please inquire with the application.
You may want to bring your own pillow or favorite blanket for the comfort of home even though the space is furnished.
Transportation not included.
Interested in coordinating a program for your college course? Let's chat! Can comfortable accommodate up to 20 and assist in coordinating aspects of your itinerary in the community.
Check out all of the things you can do in the area. If you would like to coordinate any of these without your own vehicle, please inquire about logistics.
LEAVE A PIECE OF YOURSELF BEHIND
This is an organic gigantic art project and the Raspberry Residency House has numerous spots to leave your mark such as a doodle on the kitchen cabinet, a mural on an interior or exterior wall, a quote on the closet door and more ideas. Each longer term participant is asked to leave/donate one piece of their creative work which could be an installation, sculpture, mural, 2D art, literary production, video, or something you make on the property.
If you have selected our site for seed generation, ideation, or exploration, your contribution could be as simple as a quote left for us to display or an image of your sketches or other brainstorming documentation.
Before departure, Val will interview you on your work and progress you've made. Check out what others have created in the blog.
Need assistance in documenting your work?
Want formal or informal critique?
Want assistance in revamping or starting your portfolio website, behance page, LinkedIn profile or maybe a printed book/mag format of your work?
Collaborate with founder/director Val who is also a graphic designer, photographer, and storyteller. As the founder and director, she desires to interact with creatives at various levels of their careers from youth and budding artists in college or not, and those with years of experience. As a creative contemplative person, the founder and director Val Sloan understands wholeheartedly that it takes time to develop a body of work and created this center for the environment that offers a variety of opportunities for creatives in all disciplines.
As a former graphic design educator, Val has always been inspired by the guild movements of Arts & Crafts and the Bauhaus as an anti-academic institution. She has walked away from a tenured professor position (2018) in order to pursue this new dream and sees the future environment of education along with the arts drastically changing. She's excited to meet creative people from all walks of life at whatever place/stage you are exploring as paths cross at the camp.
Before residencies can be fully funded by grants, she wants to develop an exchange relationship with participants and residents whereby she will document your work. If you are an environmental artist and choose to visit seasonally to analyze, install, and inspect work as nature impacts it, Val will be your partner in that documentation. Ask about how you can obtain a finished product of a print publication, digitized document or web site as you discuss your needs with her individually.
Val has spent her career in education from 1995 to 2018 and has spent countless hours in the creative process and critique. Excellent at asking questions and creating a dialogue between people to critically analyze. The hope is that over meals or while participant retreats overlap these engagements between different people, from different backgrounds and different disciplines will be beneficial for all.
Leave something behind - rationale & details -
Each participant, depending on length of stay, will be asked to contribute to the community and growth of the camp facilities in areas such as general maintenance, cooking or prep for group meals, basic housing upkeep, physical activities in the garden, marking new trails in the woods or identifying a good work zone, and as the farm grows help with chickens and other animals.
things to consider
WHY RURAL TENNESSEE?
WHAT IS THE WESTERN HIGHLAND RIM?
IS IT SAFE?
In 2021, emerging from the last 4 years plus a pandemic may have you a bit on edge. Ask Val about why she decided to move to a rural location as an educated former professor who leans liberal. In the meantime, please consider that stereotypes are stereotypes and what we've seen lately is an entire nation dealing with issues of racial, social, gender injustice. Being isolated has extreme advantages. There are 3 houses in the distant visibility that stay to themselves. Going into town you will see diversity - economic and racial.
Please make sure that you have been managing the coronavirus with proper protocol of mask wearing and social distancing. It would be helpful to have a negative covid test prior to arrival or mention your vaccination status, but we should talk if there are issues. You are not required to wear a mask on the entire property. The rooms provide good privacy and social distance, but we must remember there may be others around and have the courtesy to each other. Please follow the CDC guidelines.
PHONE AND INTERNET?
The site of this residency in a rural location with limited cell phone service is intentional. However, it's recognized how important it is to be connected for those who are working. Please check back or inquire about your specific needs. Unfortunately, broadband hasn't made it to the doorstep yet but it's apparently on the way hopefully by end of summer 2021 or into the fall.
Working on a variety of tech solutions including a cell phone signal booster. If that works, there's a possibility that internet can be unlimited or you can use your own phone as a hotspot.
The internet is a satellite. Having a unicorn plan the data limit is high but can be reached quickly depending on the type of work. Iphones have hidden settings and tend to vampire data so please be mindful. Facetime is not recommended so please use other video alternatives. Typically if data limits are reached, internet still works normally during the day and goes slow after 7pm. If there are many devices it may slow down too. Uploading or downloading content may be challenging. If you have lots of video to upload or are using cloud based software, this may be an issue.
Please contact Val to describe your internet needs prior to organizing your residency.
OTHER RULES OR THINGS TO KNOW?
no drugs, please... (cbd ok, please inquire about other habits)
alcohol, please limit use... (closest liquor store is 25 min drive. social or casual use of alcohol is okay. anyone who is drinking excessively will be asked to leave).
no shoes inside. please bring slippers (some complimentary slippers available)
recycling. some materials are kept on site to use for future projects. if you are looking for glass, bottles, jars, cans, please ask.
salvage materials. you'll find scrap here but also numerous salvage and thrift type spots in reasonable driving distance.
no guns or weapons. even though you may hear gun shots in the distance, please refrain from bringing any such weapon to ensure the safety and comfort of all.
quiet hours are 11pm-8am
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