Sarasvati creative Space
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.
599 Gaither Hinson Rd.
Hohenwald, TN 38485
Residency Program Information
Residency Program 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Housing & Accomodation
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.
Studio & Facilities
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 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.