If nature is your muse, inspiration, or collaborator, then you will want to relish in a Tennessee Spring which is a luscious time to be in our rural location to watch daily what may bloom. The variety of greens will impress you too.
Choose 1, 2, 3, or 4 week stay for April as we reopen the residency program after winter hibernation that allowed for some minor renovations. All arrivals (and departures), except those staying for a month, shall be during the daylight hours on Saturdays. We will plan for group outside activities for the Full and New Moons, both occurring on Thursdays. April's full moon is also known as the Pink Moon. As an added benefit for those arriving on Saturday the 1st, we will venture to Nashville's monthly 1st Saturday art crawl (if this interests you and you want to arrive a day early, please mention in your application). Nashville's 1st Saturday art crawl has been thriving for more than two decades.
- Full Moon or Pink Moon: It will be observed on April 6 at 00:34 EST or 4:34 UTC.
- Last Quarter or Third Quarter Moon: It will be observed on April 13 at 09:11 UTC.
- New Moon: It will be observed on April 20 around 04:12 UTC.
- First Quarter Moon: It will be observed on April 27 at 21:20 UTC.
Make plans to rest and reboot to allow your creativity FLOW like the BUFFALO river on our 17 acre slice of beauty in the rural rolling hills of Mid-South Tennessee 20 minutes drive from a few small towns and mostly farm land as neighbors, SW of Nashville. Those staying longer than two weeks will receive a complimentary Forest Therapy guided walk on the land and a minimal participation fee for any others interested in joining.
Plan for your residency to escape the hubbub of the normal world and enter a special place where time is a bit squishy and there’s little light pollution. When you embark on your day, you'll see the changes that spring will bring as the buds on the trees emerge and some flower. The daffodils bloom in February so the garden will begin to flourish with the spring weather. You'll likely enjoy getting in the garden at some point for spring planting season. Prepare to hunker down in this adult camp environment without a formal schedule that allows you to find your own rhythm and routine. While it's frowned upon to spend more time off-site to feed your regular habits of coffee shops, fast food or just eating out, there are lots of areas in the region perfect for nature exploring with your sketchbook, tablet, camera, or portable easels. Perhaps you like to thrift and salvage, so those opportunities are in the area as well.
Are you planting seeds in your own creative process? Are you pulling up the ideas that have been ruminating, in hibernation, or on the back burner? This is an opportunity to bring that to the forefront and experiment. Please explain in your application. This is not a requirement, but will be taken into consideration in the selection process.
Venture on the land and learn to go slow while you listen to the sounds of nature. We should have our final additions to our donkey crew with two foals expected at some point in the late winter into spring. Enjoy your time with these joyful, gentle animals. Get a giggle out of the chicken shenanigans as you may watch them in their free-ranging and foraging activities. The peacocks will likely be in full feathers. Spend time on our river frontage as the water will be crisp and the landscape ever changing.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE I APPLY?
Please visit the FAQ for much more information, but below is a bulleted list of some things to consider.
- no shoes inside, please bring socks/slippers
- being conscious about our 'footprint' in the world in regards to our consumption of packaging is important. Must washes dishes after every meal, take out trash and recycling daily (sorting according to our local options and the upcycling center on site), be willing to compost organic matter including your tea and coffee, and develop a daily habit such as sweeping and wiping down the counters.
- there is broadband in two houses with a farm antennae signal across the 5 acres where the buildings are located. Depending on your cell phone provider, your phone may not work or text only.
- prefer participants who are into healthy eating or curious about options and organic gardening, but have not gone down the chem trail rabbit hole.
- food and transport are not included, except for group meals on the full and new moon. You may choose to have meals prepared for you or for assistance in picking up groceries you've ordered.
- please plan for settling into the space and your routine, and that the time here is squishy. Many people find that once they have rested a few days and are not distracted by normal life, that the routine provides a really productive opportunity exceeding the goals for what to accomplish daily or during the time allocated.
- although there is storage for clothes and supplies in your room, the space is limited so make sure you are packing light and planning for a simplistic experience.
Residency Experience Summary
Let your creativity FLOW LIKE THE BUFFALO river on the edge of our acreage. Applicants with nature as their muse, inspiration, or collaborator will receive priority.
Individuals must be able to let the normal world and lifestyle go during your stay and it is encouraged that you utilize the time and access to the benefits of being away from contemporary society. If you cannot go a day without your favorite coffee shop visit, have fast food on the brain, or need lots of people around to function, this is not the place for you.
Be prepared for a different sense of time here and your project goals may actually go faster because you don't have your normal life distractions. You must agree to all of the policies which include contributing to the facility and land in some capacity as well as general, regular cleaning like washing dishes daily and other daily chores that as a creative philosophy allow your mind to wander and your inner gut to rejuvenate.
There are three residency lodging options depending on the time of year, group size, and your individual goals. You may choose 1, 2, or 3 week options and should plan on arriving on a Sunday, preferrably, unless otherwise coordinating around other departing schedules. If you can only spend time within those interims, you must still book for the full week(s). Those interested in longer term stays are most definitely welcome, however, there are only two rooms available for month or more and there will be additional components to the application process after the first review. Please note that the lodging for longer term stays does have cats in the communal space.
The Raspberry Residency House features 3 bedrooms, two baths, and a communal living space. This lodging is available for 1, 2, or 3 week stays only and will include a once a week housekeeping for the common areas to add onto your daily chore contribution. The room options are two single occupancy with shared bath and an ensuite with a full bed and twin bunk.
The Lemon Lodge can sleep up to 12 so it is available for groups or events. The Lemon Lodge is only available during certain times of the year in between other scheduled events. The common area is available for perusing the library and community space when not otherwise occupied. The room options include an ensuite with King and twin as well as a private room with full bed and shared bath. The loft sleeps up to 7 and is only available for either group stays or if the Residency House is fully occupied.
The Camphaus is the only lodging available for terms of one month or longer. Those applying for longer stays will have an interview via video conference. Longer term participants must not be allergic to pets and must confirm ability to live longer term in a rural environment with the various flora and fauna you will encounter. The room options include an ensuite with a Queen and twin bunk and a private room with Queen and a daybed couch with the shared bath on the hall.
It is expected that participants will treat the lodging and studio spaces as well as the landscape and animals with the utmost respect to have the opportunity to spend time at this special place. Participants sign a contract that requires washing dishes daily, taking trash and recycling out daily, composting organic waste, general cleaning as a creative philosophy daily includes sweeping or other basic chores like wiping down the kitchen counter, table, etc. Participants will be required to contribute approximately 30 minutes additionally beyond 'chores' each day (or in a bulk session) to the care and maintenance of the land in some capacity and may be given several options based on the season or what projects need priority which could include weeding or gardening, being an extra hand on a physical project, marking trails, picking up sticks, and more that should be considered a mindfulness approach to your creative process. All participants are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with the donkeys and other animals as a special aspect of this opportunity.
This is a homestead style experience with much ongoing activity as the space organically evolves.
***Closed for Renovation until Spring 2023***
Please visit https://www.sarasvati.space/residency-overview for the most up to date information on rooms and residency fees. As an emerging residency that is artist-led, there is not a foundation or funds. The philosophy that a fee is an acknowledgement of the founder's investment in this special place and the creative exchange we all have as individuals, the non-human inhabitants, and the land itself.
Food and transportation are not included, but may be arranged separpately.
The residency fee provides the participant with furnished lodging and access to communal living arrangements as well as all of the features of the place which may or may not include a specific studio or designated workspace. Broadband and other utilities are included.
This is not a resort and it is expected that each participant will treat the living environment and the opportunity with respect by maintaining a clean habitable space, not limited to washing dishes and taking out trash/recycling daily. The creative philosophy inspired by shinto and research into how taking breaks helps the creative process is part of this policy. There may be a housekeeping service once a week to ensure that this is a clean and healthy environment.
Residencies are for the terms of 1, 2, or 3 weeks even if you cannot stay the entire week. You should plan on arriving during daylight hours on a Saturday or Sunday based on the availability and departure of previous room occupants. Month-long or longer stays that have been approved after an interview may coordinate a calendar month arrival/departure.
There are no grants, scholarships, or other funding available. If you are applying for funding, please let us know ahead of time if you need information.