the donkeys like having friends

the donkeys like having friends

Dramatic skies

Dramatic skies

bamboo grove in winter

bamboo grove in winter

forest therapy walk above the river

forest therapy walk above the river

Nicole Hays practicing new routine

Nicole Hays practicing new routine

Nicole Hays in her translucent box

Nicole Hays in her translucent box

Artist Jon Hendricks work in progress

Artist Jon Hendricks work in progress

Artist Jon Hendricks old photographs in new work

Artist Jon Hendricks old photographs in new work

Installation by Gregory Blair bamboo and rocks

Installation by Gregory Blair bamboo and rocks

Alex works on his installation

Alex works on his installation

Artists work outside in May

Artists work outside in May

Artists use spaces inside and outside

Artists use spaces inside and outside

group activity on the land

group activity on the land

MTSU design camp retreat

MTSU design camp retreat

Brent Rowley paints watercolor outside the donkey field

Brent Rowley paints watercolor outside the donkey field

Hannah Gumbo and her husband with donkeys

Hannah Gumbo and her husband with donkeys

Ryna Frankel with work in progress

Ryna Frankel with work in progress

sitting space in Raspberry Residency House

sitting space in Raspberry Residency House

sometimes there may be snow

sometimes there may be snow

socialize with our 12 donkeys

socialize with our 12 donkeys

Sarah Blair creates an outdoor weaving installation

Sarah Blair creates an outdoor weaving installation

The forest and the river in winter

The forest and the river in winter

The river at higher level than normal

The river at higher level than normal

A variety of spaces to work

A variety of spaces to work

Alison Erazmus working on her photography project

Alison Erazmus working on her photography project

Sarasvati creative Space

Hohenwald, TN, United States

Is nature your muse, inspiration, or collaborator? Let 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.

Escape the hubbub of the normal world and enter a special place where time is a bit squishy and there’s little light pollution. Interact with our 15 donkeys (mostly minis), chickens, peafowl, studio rabbits, camp cats, and two farm dogs during your stay. Venture on the land and learn to go slow while you listen to the sounds of nature. Complimentary guided Forest Therapy Walk for those who stay at least two weeks. Residency options for 1, 2, or 3 week stays during most of the year. One month or longer only two room options and requires more extensive application process.

This giant art experiment founded by a former Graphic Design Professor is an ever evolving organism as the garden expands for nourishment and the land is nuanced between untamed natural habitat and a bit of manicuring. Embrace the wonder and wander spirit here.

Suitable for groups and individuals including writers of all persuasions, designers, fine artists with limited space requirements, educators, and even STEM/STEAM academics. Remote worker and part-time creatives welcome.

This is a participatory experience including basic cleaning, not a resort. Please leave some of yourself behind with your art or a creative project contribution.

Contact

599 Gaither Hinson Rd.
Hohenwald, TN 38485
United States

Year Founded
2018
Context
Rural
Residency Structure
Stand-alone
Embedded industry or for-profit business
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Retreat
Curriculum
Research
Experiential
Residency Length
7 days - 2 months
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
3
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Criticism
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Translation
Writing
Acting
Choreography
Performance Art
Theater
Digital Media
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Graphic Design
Illustration
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Storytelling
Biology
Ecology
Environmentalism/Conservation
Science
Art Conservation
Art Education
Art History
Philosophy
Companions
Pets (Non-service animals)
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
N/A
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Other
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to training on new artistic techniques and/or apprenticeship
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Professional development support and/or trainings
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
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.

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***

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
10
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
30
Artist Stipend
0
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
0
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
Fee Details

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.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
0
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.

Application Fee
25
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Inaccessible
Additional Accessibility Information

The land is rural and the main lodging is a 1930s house. Much of the grounds is grass, gravel, or chert. This is a farm landscape. As a startup with limited funds, accessibility has been a priority, but is incomplete as of now. Please ask and we will be updating as soon as things have improved.

Caregiver/Aide/PCA
No housing accommodations available
Accessibility Contact Name
Valerie Sloan
Accessibility Contact Email
mail@campwonderwander.org
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

This is a small residency program with typically no more than 4 and a max of 9 participants (unless the Lemon Lodge is occupied by a group). Each situation is managed on a case by case basis. There is no staff. We will do our best to accommodate and let you know up front if the environment is suitable for your needs.

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

The Lemon Lodge is the most accessible accommodations and there are gathering spaces in this structure. The windows overlook the donkeys so if one cannot walk out to see them personally, one can view from windows or the back porch. When we have people with allergies, we gather in this space. Each residency is individualized. In 2022, we have begun regular social gatherings for dinner nights, movie nights, and art talks. All of these can take place in the Lemon Lodge when appropriate.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

There are 5 acres of landscape on the main site with the lodging and studios. This is a rural area with rolling hills. Much of the land is grass or gravel for driving. The 12 acres of land across the street is a primitive campground and has a dirt driveway. It rains a lot here and can get muddy. The Lemon Lodge is slated to be upgraded for accessibility at some point in the next year or when funding becomes available. Built in 1930 it does have open space in the common area and standard doors for the front and bedrooms. There are three steps and we are looking at creating a ramp. The bathroom has a walk in shower and will be expanded to be ADA when funding becomes available.

Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Accessible Housing
Inaccessible
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
Inaccessible
Common/Communal Spaces Information

There are three main lodging units. Each one features a common area living room and kitchens. Each residency occupant is expected to help maintain the common areas. Some of the common spaces have animals, and the Lemon Lodge does not. Pictures of the spaces are included in the website gallery. The Lemon Lodge is a 1930 house with 3 steps to the front porch.

The only shared rooms that might be available are only optional when all other spots are occupied.

 

Laundry access is limited. For short term stays, you may only have a washing machine and a clothes line. Dryer is only available for longer term stays or a minimal charge per use. There are laundromats in both close towns as well.

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Other
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Additional Meals Information
N/A
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

There are 5 formal and informal studio type spaces while some have also used the communal living rooms as workspace during inclement weather or just personal preferences. These vary in size and style. None of the spaces are climate controlled, but will help to provide fans or space heaters as needed. Some basic shop tools are available upon request from hammers to power tools and a band saw.

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Inaccessible
Studio Support/Tech
No studio support provided
Additional Studio Information

Studios are mostly free-standing structures whether it be an old barn style 9 x 12 or a garage style. Additional workspaces in the various lodging include 3-season style porch, a large work room, and cozy corners with seating and a small art/design library.