Donkeys & Spring Flowers - May 11 - 25, 2025

May is literally THE BEST TIME to be in a Sarasvati creative Space residency at Camp Wonder Wander! 

May 11 - 25, 2025 - join this cohort max of 9, feel the power of the full moon, and celebrate four donkey birthdays.

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

The weather here in May is particularly lovely - 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. Check out the website for many more photos. The founder/director spent a good amount of time in the last several years on this organic art experience by expanding the flower gardens so it's always fun to see what pops up. You can be guaranteed to see a lot of variations of green and many vibrant pops.

Your time is your own during this stay, but plan for social opportunities and cross-over conversations at various times beyond the organized group meals and a guided Forest Therapy walk. 

Program Fee is $700 which includes all access to the land, the private area of the Buffalo River, interactions with the special and incredible donkey crew (15 total, mostly miniatures), utilities, wifi broadband, the creative environment, housekeeping before/after and once a week during the program. Additionally 3 group meals (intro, mid-stream, finale), a camp care package, and a guided Forest Therapy walk with your host, a certified guide by ANFT. Expect at least one campfire if the weather permits and starry skies (also weather permitting as the moon wanes over the two weeks).

Lodging Fee ranges from $350 - 850 depending on your selected room - single options with shared bath or private ensuites that can be doubles. Five rooms with different size bed options will share a bathroom with possibly one other person. There are three ensuite options that can be single or double (price listed can be shared by two or is the single private upgrade).

Applications will be reviewed when submitted so if this interests you apply early for the prime option. First deadline is 12/31/2024 and if additional spots remain, applications will be reviewed until about March 1, 2025.

Program will run with a minimum of 2 participants and max occupancy is 9. Applications will be reviewed until spots are filled. 

Every effort will be made to select a variety of people with different mediums, backgrounds, and interests with a common thread of your connection to nature.


  • If you are interested in staying longer, please make a note on your application. Early arrivals will receive a discount for an extended stay. Farm stay scholarships are not available for the Flower Moon cohort, but may be possible for extended stay option.
  • Normally, dogs are the only pets accepted in the residency, however, there will be a no pet policy for this cohort.
  • You may bring a friend or a partner for this residency and select the en-suite double occupancy option.
Residency Length
14 days - 1 month
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Art Conservation
Art Education
Art History
Book Arts
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Environmental Arts
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Graphic Design
Installation Arts
Interdisciplinary Arts
Landscape Architecture
Literary Nonfiction
Mixed Media
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
New Genres
Paper Arts
Performance Art
Public Art
Social Practice
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Visual Arts
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Accessible Housing
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Additional Eligibility Information

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.

This residency is scheduled during the Flower Moon. Please explain how nature, color, moon, or other aspects of the place fit within your residency goals.

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.

This is a group residency experience where everyone will have their own private bedroom (or select the double option as a private room or a creative friend/partner). Each participant should be okay with a group experience in shared spaces. There will be daily basic housekeeping in the shared bathrooms and communal spaces. You'll need to wash your own dishes or ask for that add-on option.

Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Please visit the website to see what is included in the program fee. During your application, please select one or more options of your lodging and the rates listed below.

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
Queen with Twin / Cat and Camphaus = $800
King with Twin / Lemon Lodge = $850

There will be three group meals and everything else is on your own. We'll leave fresh farm eggs daily in the kitchen.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

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.

If you are interested in the farm stay scholarship, please consider extending your stay to arrive earlier or stay later.

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application