Residency Overview

Tennessee landscape bamboo grove donkeys

F.A.Q.

WHO?


Sarasvati creative Space has been established to support and encourage creative participation for short or longer term residencies for artists of any age and trajectory in your discipline including emerging or rebooting, creatives of all colors and genders, and parents (children & partners welcome depending on the schedule or length of stay).

In particular, creatives who find nature as an inspiration, collaborator or muse.
May participate solo or coordinate your collaborative team.
Ideally suited to: Drawing and Painting Writing & Poetry Environmental Art Graphic Design, Architecture, other Design fields Film, Video, Installation, Storytelling Theater Arts small scale ceramics or sculpture nature installation / 3D Fiber arts Murals Music & Songwriting (that doesn't need sound studio or a piano)




SPACE?


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 in 2022.

Find out more about living accommodations below.




AMENITIES?


LODGING - fully furnished rooms and living quarters in a variety of styles that will inspire you or bring out the inner child. Raspberry Residency House is the primary lodging option for the residency program and features 3 private bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, kitchen with dining and a laundry room. You can see the donkeys from the rear windows and deck as they graze or when they visit the half-backyard and hang out under the deck. The Lemon Lodge is a larger accommodation available as a travel accommodation or for residencies from January to May and September to December. In the summer, the Lemon Lodge is available for shorter term stays only and dependent on the retreat calendar. The Lodge has two private bedrooms and a loft. It sleeps up to 14. It features a library of art and design books, large gathering spaces and a kitchen. The donkeys corrale out back. Both of those accommodations have front and back deck/porches as well as green space and evolving flower gardens. Plenty of parking too. The far back of the property is the location of the director house which features two additional rooms including an en-suite. This is tucked into a wooded area.

Each lodging option is furnished including bedding and pillows as well as items in kitchen for meals, laundry access, and eco-friendly products (TP, soap and detergent).
Visit the Property Information page for lots of pictures and more details. STUDIOS (please see workspace)




RESIDENCY RATES and details


This is an emerging program and therefore there is not a substantial foundation or outside fundraising until further notice. However, the affordable rates create a community environment rather than a resort style space. Be a part of something bigger by contributing to the giant art project that the founder has started and hopes to have as an inspiration to all including just casual passersby.

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. Longer term stays of four or more months may receive a small discount and the option to pay monthly.
RASPBERRY RESIDENCY HOUSE: Single room shared bath - $265 / month Full size bed shared bath - $325 / month (max 2 occupancy) Queen with bunk bed, en suite - $375 / month (max 4 occupancy) plus $50 per extra person/month nightly rates include tax (a night is considered to be a 24 hr period approximately noon to noon no matter what time you arrive. please ask for a late departure). 1-10 days: $36/night (S/F) or $54/night (Q) 11-20 days: $30/night (S/F) or $48/night (Q) 21-29 days: $24/night (S/F) or $42/night(Q) LEMON LODGE - September - May King with twin, en suite - $800 / month* (max 3 occupancy) Full size bed shared bath - $500 / month (max 2 occupancy) plus $50 per extra person/month Entire lodge sleeps 14 with additional beds in a loft and the pine room. For groups over 5 that want a large space to work, consider renting the entire lodge. $2000/month please inquire about day rates less than 30 days if this is your preferred accommodation LEMON LODGE - June - August Only available for short term stays during peak summer season. The lodge is available for public rentals and retreats so blocking out dates for your residency is a discount from the public rate. Please inquire about calendar availability in between other Camp events. Nightly rates include tax (a night is considered to be a 24 hr period approximately noon to noon no matter what time you arrive. please ask for a late departure). Rates include access to a studio or workspace either inside the lodge or on the land. The dormitory loft beds will only be available when the other rooms are occupied by residency participants. 1-10 days: $40/night (F) or $60/night (K) 11-20 days: $35/night (F) or $55/night (K) 21-29 days: $28/night (F) or $45/night(K) CAMPhaus Director HOUSE
(This is a shared space with cats, office, creative workspace, camp director corner, and occasional volunteer or other resident) Queen with bunk bed, en suite - $375 / month* (max 3 occupancy)
plus $50 per extra person/month Single room shared bath - $265 / month GUESTS: non-participant guests are welcome but must be pre-approved and able to reside in same room at $25 / day per person or the additional room charge is also optional.
Please remember, if you are having a great experience and want to extend your stay less than an additional month, the additional rate is not divided by 30. All rooms will be extended at a $24/day rate except for the King ensuite which is $54/day.




ADDITIONAL OPTIONS / FEATURES


Kiln - $10/firing. add $5 / kiln per additional kiln per firing Hot tub - $15/use or $60 for 5. Inspired by the health and wellness of hot saunas and hot baths while traveling in Japan, an asset like this is essential. Must book ahead of time. Requires showering before use and obey all other posted rules.

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. Forest Therapy Guided Session (average 3-3.5 hrs) - complimentary for those staying longer than 2 weeks. $45 for 1 person or $25/person for 2 or more.

Ask about other add-on activities like: - Kayak rental - Tent rental - Telescope rental - Antique/Thrifting tour - Yoga class (taught by local instructor) - Cooking lessons or assistance for grocery shopping




WORKSPACE?


There are a few structural spaces that offer cover and shelter from the elements, but none of these are completely climate controlled as you may find in a commercial building. You may need a fan or use of a heater depending on the season. You also have the wide-open spaces across the camp.

Studio space may be assigned for your particular scheduled residency to make sure all have adequate space. Communal spaces such as porches, the picnic table bonfire zone, the pond, the bamboo grove, and beyond are additional options as organic work spaces. Some artists have preferred to work inside the house and have carved out a suitable corner or space that works well with others. Others have needed larger workspace to hang masonite on the wall or be messy with power tools. While those with laptops have so many options including borrowing a tent or a portable chair and finding a quiet nature spot. Please indicate if you need lots of table space or the size of your work. Some have used the dining pine room in the Lemon Lodge as an additional studio space not listed below. There is also a library den with couch and inside working areas in the director house along with an old school photocopier for projects. Wifi works on the 5 acres, but not on the 12 acres. Studio 1 - a three-season porch attached to the side of the Lemon Lodge featuring three walls of windows that overlook a garden and the corner of the property facing east. Studio 2 - a freestanding small wood barn with cement floor, several windows, and vault roof. This is located near the Lemon Lodge and includes shelfs and a flat work surface. One masonite board attached to a wall. Lighting includes overhead work lights and a floor lamp. Studio 3 - a large building the size of at least a 2 car garage with a garage door. The back quarter of the space is Val's pottery supplies and wheel. Lots of natural light in this building and fresh air with the garage door open. Space heaters and fans keep it comfortable during the year. The other half of the studio is shared with the Rabbit and has several windows and flat surfaces. Kiln space is near studio 3. Studio 4 - enough space for 2 or 3 occupants and is a small barn old wooden garage type structure with gravel instead of a 'floor'. In 2022, artist in residence Jon Hendricks has the back portion and is looking forward to sharing the front half with others who may need a messy space, wall surface. Our band saw is located here. Table surfaces are available upon request. Lighting is work lamps. Studio 5 - available by spring 2022. This is an outside space that once was a large chicken coop space so it has a ceiling to keep the rain away. The dirt floor is perfect for anyone who needs a messy workspace. This is approximately 12 x 12 space that is open air but enclosed by framing and chicken wire. Access door is standard height.

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!




NOT INCLUDED


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.
Anything you need to complete your work in terms of tools and supplies is not included, however you may request use of our basic tools from the essentials of screwdrivers or staple guns to drills, small band saw to chainsaw as we slowly develop a shop and ceramic studio.

Transportation not included.




TRANSPORTATION


This is a rural area and the closest civilization in a town is 25 minute drive. This takes planning if you do not have a vehicle. If you need assistance from the airport, please inquire and this can be coordinated. If you do not have a vehicle and need pick-up at the Nashville International Airport (BNA) or the bus station in Nashville, please coordinate this with Val. Note that the airport is a 2 hour drive so it's important to approve your flight plans before purchasing to make sure we aren't having to leave in the middle of the night. For those staying 7 days or less, each trip either pick-up or drop-off is $80. Pick up includes a stop at one grocery store on the way to the camp. Additional assistance with grocery shopping if it's a special trip, please consider donating $15 of your deposit per trip. Additional errands on day of pick up or drop off is $20/hr. For those staying longer than 7 days, each trip either pick up or drop off is $60 with additional errands beyond the one grocery store stop at $20/hr. Please consider donating $15/per outing of your deposit for any special trips during your stay unless there are already plans to go to the grocery store, for example.




APPLICATION FEE?


The application fee is $25. This covers the time it takes to review the application and the correspondence to arrange your residency if it will be a good fit. If you agree to the terms of the contract, the application fee will go towards the non-refundable portion of the security deposit. The security deposit is $250 to reserve your space of which $50 is non-refundable. These are the 2022 rates.




WIFI?


Yes, we have wifi. We are now connected to the rural broadband which allows for those of us who are working part time to still maintain those ties. The wifi signal reaches the 5 acres, but not the 12 acres on the river.

We reserve the right to disconnect the wifi at any time for special purposes such as group dinners, group activities, or other types of quiet hours.

Would like to encourage you to disconnect from regular use of social media and the internet. With the broadband, it is now okay to work on cloud platforms, download or upload your media, etc.

Excessive use of the internet is frowned upon so that we can all focus on in-person interactions and our creative work. If you fall down the rabbit hole and are spending more time on-line than in the productivity of your purpose at the residency, this may be grounds for terminating your stay before your departure date. All residency participants should prioritize their time for the purpose of the residency rather than using the low residency fee as an option to hunker down and work remotely for hours on end. Thank you for your mindfulness in this process.




COVID19 Statement / Policy


No one likes to get sick. Those of us in the creative fields often tend to also live on the fringe of modern society in terms of income flow and healthcare access. Our philosophy extends to ensure the health and well-being of all in the common good. In early 2022, there are even animals in zoos dying of this disease. The residency program does not have a large staff and therefore it is imperative to not be sidelined by even a mild case of covid19 or any other easily transmissable cold/flu.

We are very isolated from the general public and enjoy the fresh air with easy ability to maintain comfortable social distance. We prefer that participants are fully vaccinated as that is the safest measure to combat this disease as well as give courtesy to the common social good. As vaccines in the U.S. are not mandated except for companies with 100 more employees, we would request a status of your vaccine prior to arrival or a negative test at your own expense either upon arrival or within 24 hours.

For those who are staying short term, we do not know your bubble so we appreciate that your negative test will ensure our comfort level in interactions. We ask kindly that you wear a mask when you are inside buildings off site so that there are no asymptomatic unintentional transmission. If you are staying on a short term basis of less than 2 weeks and do not intend to go into a public setting while you are here, and have a negative test then it's probably okay for you to be maskless all the time. If not, if you are in a close proximity with another on site inside a structure, for example visiting their studio, we appreciate the kind gesture of wearing a mask for that brief interaction. When we are all outside or in large spaces, it is easy to practice general social distance.

Longer term participants shall also adhere to our request for negative test or vaccination status information. Please do your best to limit interaction with the outside community until the pandemic is not having surges. We request that you wear a mask when off site in public places. If someone has participated in a large group activity without a mask, you may need to provide a negative test at your expense.

Anyone experiencing any symptoms of a cold must immediately notify us of this. You shall procure a covid19 test and if positive may need to be isolated from everyone for up to 10 days. There may be circumstances where we cannot provide accommodations for a quarantined person.

If you have any questions, please contact mail@campwonderwander.org





Are you interested in coordinating your group or class for a short stay? The Lemon Lodge is available seasonally. Please inquire.
 

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.

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LEAVE A PIECE OF YOURSELF BEHIND

This is an organic gigantic art project and the Raspberry Residency House and the rest of the property 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.

documentation

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.

 

COACHING/CRITIQUES>

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

F.A.Q.

WHO?


Sarasvati creative Space has been established to support and encourage creative participation for short or longer term residencies for artists of any age and trajectory in your discipline including emerging or rebooting, creatives of all colors and genders, and parents (children & partners welcome depending on the schedule or length of stay).

In particular, creatives who find nature as an inspiration, collaborator or muse.
May participate solo or coordinate your collaborative team.
Ideally suited to: Drawing and Painting Writing & Poetry Environmental Art Graphic Design, Architecture, other Design fields Film, Video, Installation, Storytelling Theater Arts small scale ceramics or sculpture nature installation / 3D Fiber arts Murals Music & Songwriting (that doesn't need sound studio or a piano)




SPACE?


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 in 2022.

Find out more about living accommodations below.




AMENITIES?


LODGING - fully furnished rooms and living quarters in a variety of styles that will inspire you or bring out the inner child. Raspberry Residency House is the primary lodging option for the residency program and features 3 private bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, kitchen with dining and a laundry room. You can see the donkeys from the rear windows and deck as they graze or when they visit the half-backyard and hang out under the deck. The Lemon Lodge is a larger accommodation available as a travel accommodation or for residencies from January to May and September to December. In the summer, the Lemon Lodge is available for shorter term stays only and dependent on the retreat calendar. The Lodge has two private bedrooms and a loft. It sleeps up to 14. It features a library of art and design books, large gathering spaces and a kitchen. The donkeys corrale out back. Both of those accommodations have front and back deck/porches as well as green space and evolving flower gardens. Plenty of parking too. The far back of the property is the location of the director house which features two additional rooms including an en-suite. This is tucked into a wooded area.

Each lodging option is furnished including bedding and pillows as well as items in kitchen for meals, laundry access, and eco-friendly products (TP, soap and detergent).
Visit the Property Information page for lots of pictures and more details. STUDIOS (please see workspace)




RESIDENCY RATES and details


This is an emerging program and therefore there is not a substantial foundation or outside fundraising until further notice. However, the affordable rates create a community environment rather than a resort style space. Be a part of something bigger by contributing to the giant art project that the founder has started and hopes to have as an inspiration to all including just casual passersby.

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. Longer term stays of four or more months may receive a small discount and the option to pay monthly.
RASPBERRY RESIDENCY HOUSE: Single room shared bath - $265 / month Full size bed shared bath - $325 / month (max 2 occupancy) Queen with bunk bed, en suite - $375 / month (max 4 occupancy) plus $50 per extra person/month nightly rates include tax (a night is considered to be a 24 hr period approximately noon to noon no matter what time you arrive. please ask for a late departure). 1-10 days: $36/night (S/F) or $54/night (Q) 11-20 days: $30/night (S/F) or $48/night (Q) 21-29 days: $24/night (S/F) or $42/night(Q) LEMON LODGE - September - May King with twin, en suite - $800 / month* (max 3 occupancy) Full size bed shared bath - $500 / month (max 2 occupancy) plus $50 per extra person/month Entire lodge sleeps 14 with additional beds in a loft and the pine room. For groups over 5 that want a large space to work, consider renting the entire lodge. $2000/month please inquire about day rates less than 30 days if this is your preferred accommodation LEMON LODGE - June - August Only available for short term stays during peak summer season. The lodge is available for public rentals and retreats so blocking out dates for your residency is a discount from the public rate. Please inquire about calendar availability in between other Camp events. Nightly rates include tax (a night is considered to be a 24 hr period approximately noon to noon no matter what time you arrive. please ask for a late departure). Rates include access to a studio or workspace either inside the lodge or on the land. The dormitory loft beds will only be available when the other rooms are occupied by residency participants. 1-10 days: $40/night (F) or $60/night (K) 11-20 days: $35/night (F) or $55/night (K) 21-29 days: $28/night (F) or $45/night(K) CAMPhaus Director HOUSE
(This is a shared space with cats, office, creative workspace, camp director corner, and occasional volunteer or other resident) Queen with bunk bed, en suite - $375 / month* (max 3 occupancy)
plus $50 per extra person/month Single room shared bath - $265 / month GUESTS: non-participant guests are welcome but must be pre-approved and able to reside in same room at $25 / day per person or the additional room charge is also optional.
Please remember, if you are having a great experience and want to extend your stay less than an additional month, the additional rate is not divided by 30. All rooms will be extended at a $24/day rate except for the King ensuite which is $54/day.




ADDITIONAL OPTIONS / FEATURES


Kiln - $10/firing. add $5 / kiln per additional kiln per firing Hot tub - $15/use or $60 for 5. Inspired by the health and wellness of hot saunas and hot baths while traveling in Japan, an asset like this is essential. Must book ahead of time. Requires showering before use and obey all other posted rules.

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. Forest Therapy Guided Session (average 3-3.5 hrs) - complimentary for those staying longer than 2 weeks. $45 for 1 person or $25/person for 2 or more.

Ask about other add-on activities like: - Kayak rental - Tent rental - Telescope rental - Antique/Thrifting tour - Yoga class (taught by local instructor) - Cooking lessons or assistance for grocery shopping




WORKSPACE?


There are a few structural spaces that offer cover and shelter from the elements, but none of these are completely climate controlled as you may find in a commercial building. You may need a fan or use of a heater depending on the season. You also have the wide-open spaces across the camp.

Studio space may be assigned for your particular scheduled residency to make sure all have adequate space. Communal spaces such as porches, the picnic table bonfire zone, the pond, the bamboo grove, and beyond are additional options as organic work spaces. Some artists have preferred to work inside the house and have carved out a suitable corner or space that works well with others. Others have needed larger workspace to hang masonite on the wall or be messy with power tools. While those with laptops have so many options including borrowing a tent or a portable chair and finding a quiet nature spot. Please indicate if you need lots of table space or the size of your work. Some have used the dining pine room in the Lemon Lodge as an additional studio space not listed below. There is also a library den with couch and inside working areas in the director house along with an old school photocopier for projects. Wifi works on the 5 acres, but not on the 12 acres. Studio 1 - a three-season porch attached to the side of the Lemon Lodge featuring three walls of windows that overlook a garden and the corner of the property facing east. Studio 2 - a freestanding small wood barn with cement floor, several windows, and vault roof. This is located near the Lemon Lodge and includes shelfs and a flat work surface. One masonite board attached to a wall. Lighting includes overhead work lights and a floor lamp. Studio 3 - a large building the size of at least a 2 car garage with a garage door. The back quarter of the space is Val's pottery supplies and wheel. Lots of natural light in this building and fresh air with the garage door open. Space heaters and fans keep it comfortable during the year. The other half of the studio is shared with the Rabbit and has several windows and flat surfaces. Kiln space is near studio 3. Studio 4 - enough space for 2 or 3 occupants and is a small barn old wooden garage type structure with gravel instead of a 'floor'. In 2022, artist in residence Jon Hendricks has the back portion and is looking forward to sharing the front half with others who may need a messy space, wall surface. Our band saw is located here. Table surfaces are available upon request. Lighting is work lamps. Studio 5 - available by spring 2022. This is an outside space that once was a large chicken coop space so it has a ceiling to keep the rain away. The dirt floor is perfect for anyone who needs a messy workspace. This is approximately 12 x 12 space that is open air but enclosed by framing and chicken wire. Access door is standard height.

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!




NOT INCLUDED


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.
Anything you need to complete your work in terms of tools and supplies is not included, however you may request use of our basic tools from the essentials of screwdrivers or staple guns to drills, small band saw to chainsaw as we slowly develop a shop and ceramic studio.

Transportation not included.




TRANSPORTATION


This is a rural area and the closest civilization in a town is 25 minute drive. This takes planning if you do not have a vehicle. If you need assistance from the airport, please inquire and this can be coordinated. If you do not have a vehicle and need pick-up at the Nashville International Airport (BNA) or the bus station in Nashville, please coordinate this with Val. Note that the airport is a 2 hour drive so it's important to approve your flight plans before purchasing to make sure we aren't having to leave in the middle of the night. For those staying 7 days or less, each trip either pick-up or drop-off is $80. Pick up includes a stop at one grocery store on the way to the camp. Additional assistance with grocery shopping if it's a special trip, please consider donating $15 of your deposit per trip. Additional errands on day of pick up or drop off is $20/hr. For those staying longer than 7 days, each trip either pick up or drop off is $60 with additional errands beyond the one grocery store stop at $20/hr. Please consider donating $15/per outing of your deposit for any special trips during your stay unless there are already plans to go to the grocery store, for example.




APPLICATION FEE?


The application fee is $25. This covers the time it takes to review the application and the correspondence to arrange your residency if it will be a good fit. If you agree to the terms of the contract, the application fee will go towards the non-refundable portion of the security deposit. The security deposit is $250 to reserve your space of which $50 is non-refundable. These are the 2022 rates.




WIFI?


Yes, we have wifi. We are now connected to the rural broadband which allows for those of us who are working part time to still maintain those ties. The wifi signal reaches the 5 acres, but not the 12 acres on the river.

We reserve the right to disconnect the wifi at any time for special purposes such as group dinners, group activities, or other types of quiet hours.

Would like to encourage you to disconnect from regular use of social media and the internet. With the broadband, it is now okay to work on cloud platforms, download or upload your media, etc.

Excessive use of the internet is frowned upon so that we can all focus on in-person interactions and our creative work. If you fall down the rabbit hole and are spending more time on-line than in the productivity of your purpose at the residency, this may be grounds for terminating your stay before your departure date. All residency participants should prioritize their time for the purpose of the residency rather than using the low residency fee as an option to hunker down and work remotely for hours on end. Thank you for your mindfulness in this process.




COVID19 Statement / Policy


No one likes to get sick. Those of us in the creative fields often tend to also live on the fringe of modern society in terms of income flow and healthcare access. Our philosophy extends to ensure the health and well-being of all in the common good. In early 2022, there are even animals in zoos dying of this disease. The residency program does not have a large staff and therefore it is imperative to not be sidelined by even a mild case of covid19 or any other easily transmissable cold/flu.

We are very isolated from the general public and enjoy the fresh air with easy ability to maintain comfortable social distance. We prefer that participants are fully vaccinated as that is the safest measure to combat this disease as well as give courtesy to the common social good. As vaccines in the U.S. are not mandated except for companies with 100 more employees, we would request a status of your vaccine prior to arrival or a negative test at your own expense either upon arrival or within 24 hours.

For those who are staying short term, we do not know your bubble so we appreciate that your negative test will ensure our comfort level in interactions. We ask kindly that you wear a mask when you are inside buildings off site so that there are no asymptomatic unintentional transmission. If you are staying on a short term basis of less than 2 weeks and do not intend to go into a public setting while you are here, and have a negative test then it's probably okay for you to be maskless all the time. If not, if you are in a close proximity with another on site inside a structure, for example visiting their studio, we appreciate the kind gesture of wearing a mask for that brief interaction. When we are all outside or in large spaces, it is easy to practice general social distance.

Longer term participants shall also adhere to our request for negative test or vaccination status information. Please do your best to limit interaction with the outside community until the pandemic is not having surges. We request that you wear a mask when off site in public places. If someone has participated in a large group activity without a mask, you may need to provide a negative test at your expense.

Anyone experiencing any symptoms of a cold must immediately notify us of this. You shall procure a covid19 test and if positive may need to be isolated from everyone for up to 10 days. There may be circumstances where we cannot provide accommodations for a quarantined person.

If you have any questions, please contact mail@campwonderwander.org





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