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Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production

Emerging Program member

SH boasts natural beauty combined with layers of history and a rarified aesthetic sensibility. The atmosphere is uplifting, inspiring and serene. SH strives to stimulate creativity through direct contact with beauty and nature and a respect for the environment. The ancient Celts described areas where they believed heaven and earth were especially close as "thin" places. There is something in the deep starry nights followed by misty morning sunrises, the long angle of rosy afternoon light and the very air at Staunton Hill that evokes the spirituality noted by the Celts. A visiting Chinese scholar said of Staunton Hill: it is, "Where day becomes night and night becomes day.”

Passing through the SH gates, one immediately feels a weight lifting as quotidian concerns slip away. Adjusting to the rhythm of this remarkable place one feels a world away from contemporary life in both time and space. The effect is profoundly relaxing. One can see things clearly again, reconnect with one's essential self and tap into the potential residing there.

Applications are accepted in creative and scholarly fields with an emphasis on excellence and originality. Eight to ten artists are in residence at a given time in residencies that typically last from 2-8 weeks. Applicants are selected by a jury composed of staff and experts in the field. Artists are accepted based on the quality of their work and their project description.

Location

Aspen, Virginia: United States

A small, independent Virginia-based organization, the Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production (SH), hosts residencies, workshops and symposia for writers, scholars and creators. At SH, writers, scholars and creators find an inspiring environment in which to discover new directions, formulate ideas and produce work. Our comfortable accommodations include 10 private ensuite bedrooms, a few additional bedrooms with shared bathrooms, salt water pool, tennis court, game room and a charming community gathering hall with modern kitchen amenities, sitting and dining rooms. Outside on grounds, SH sits in a park-like setting comprised of lovely walking trails both in the natural woodlands and along the 1.5 mile private driveway bordered by an allée of magnolias and woods.

Contact Information

1100 Magnolia Lane
Brookneal, Virginia 24528
United States