Part silent meditation retreat, part transformational art experience.

Meditation, music, nature walks, yoga, and more, in a beautiful setting.

“Nothing short of transformative.”  – 2016 Retreatant, Colorado

“No question: a life-changing experience.” -2017 Retreatant, Vermont

“The Artmonks put the fun back in profundity.” -2017 Retreatant, Vermont

Artmonk Retreat

“Hosting the Muse”

July 14-20, 2018

2315 Connecticut River Road, Springfield, VT 05156

Join us for our week of contemplation and creativity on the banks of the Connecticut River, at the Art Monastery’s home in Vermont. To reserve your spot, register online and place a $150 deposit via PayPal. Registration closes June 22, 2018.

• amazing food from our garden • guided group creative sessions • solo time to dig into your creative practice • guided and silent meditation • daily yoga and movement • a supportive group • guided nature explorations • stunning natural environment •

In classic Artmonk fashion, we will delve into the overlap of contemplation and creativity, but this time drawing our inspiration and teachings from the natural world. By camping outside, meditating on the grassy hills, exploring the forests, swimming in the rivers, and looking closely at the full spectrum of natural life, we will open the doors to a new perspective on ourselves. From a place of silence and stillness we will create and explore together.

In order to support the transformative power of truly unplugging, there will be no wi-fi at this retreat.

In the spirit of returning to the speaking community with gift-bearing hands, the retreat culminates by inviting the public to join us for a sharing of the music we’ve been singing all week and curated optional sharing of the creative work produced. This artshare is called Emerge.

July Emerge ~ Thursday, July 19 at 7pm

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Your retreat will be led by seasoned Artmonks Betsy McCall, Raphael Sacks, and Neva Cockrell.

IMG_9625 smallBetsy McCall co-founded the Art Monastery Project in 2007, an international arts organization dedicated to applying the collaborative and intentional “social sculpture” of monastic life to art-making and creativity. In 2013, she published the book Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking. Garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, Betsy’s large-scale pattern-based drawings and videos have been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome. Having experienced many silent retreats (Spirit Rock, Goenka Vipassana), Betsy now lives part of the year at Green Dragon Zen Temple in Muir Beach, Marin County, CA.

RaphaelSacks HeadshotRaphael Sacks has sung, danced, made theater and taught yoga in New York, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Berlin, Stockholm, Dubai. He is a founding member of Loom Ensemble and a core organizer/administrator for the Art Monastery Project. NYC credits include performances at BAM with Meredith Monk; Lincoln Center with Urban Research Theater; and La MaMa with Loom Ensemble.

NevaHeadshotNeva Cockrell is a dancer, choreographer and director. Neva recently returned from a 3-month tour performing with Pilobolus, followed by a spring residency in Dubai directing a new dance-theater performance.  Neva is the founder of Catalyst Physical Theater Company and member of the Board of Directors of the Art Monastery, as well as a founding member of Loom Ensemble.


Join us. Meet yourself—fresh, new, and creatively afire this summer. See you in Vermont!


*Sliding Scale* Prices

$700 PROFESSIONAL RATE  for those living comfortably. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could not otherwise afford to attend.

$500 FULL RATE for those with a regular income, making ends meet. The Full Rate covers the range of operational costs associated with offering Art Monastery retreats.

$350 SUBSIDIZED RATE for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.

These rates are “all-inclusive” with housing in a shared bedroom. We can offer a $50 discount if you choose to sleep in a tent. Or you can upgrade to a single room for an additional $50 above the listed prices.

It is important to us that no one be turned away for lack of funds. 

Please contact us for information about scholarships and work-trade if this cost is prohibitive. 

To reserve your spot

  • fill out the registration form and
  • pay online via PayPal
    • $150 deposit to secure your place in the retreat
    • balance due before the retreat begins
  • registration deadline: June 22


Our temporary monastery takes the form of a farmhouse, our zendo the sprawling lawn and barn-turned-dance-studio. In order to accommodate all those interested in participating and to more consistently delve into nature, most retreatants will be sleeping in tents. If you’d prefer to be in a bed or on a couch, we have a few available. Please contact the retreat organizers at

For information on how to arrive, visit our Location page.

2315 Connecticut River Road, Springfield, VT 05156


Artmonk Retreats explore the interaction of contemplation, creativity, and community in a 7-day program designed to train the mind, access deeper levels of personal and creative insight, and bring these insights  back to the world. Whether you are a professional artist or seeking personal development (or both!), Artmonk Retreats are an opportunity to deepen your connection with the source of your creativity.

The retreats are predominantly silent, with some opportunity for reflection and sharing. The base practice of silent sitting meditation is punctuated with singing practice and some movement meditation. Solo creative sessions are interspersed toward the beginning of the retreat, working up to collaborative creative sessions later on. The week culminates in a concert offered by the retreatants to the public. Curious to hear more? See pictures & read personal accounts from the 2012 Artmonk Retreat and 2011 Artmonk Retreat.

“The retreat was so full of magic and peace…At the end, we were part of a concert the likes of which can hardly be heard and felt anywhere. It was beyond beautiful.” – 2012 Retreatant

Past retreats

•  June 2017 @ Springfield, VT “Hosting the Muse” •  August 2016 @ Springfield, VT “Hosting the Muse” • March 2016 @ Lyons, CO  “Hosting the Muse” • April 2013 @Briarcombe in Bolinas, CA w/ Joel & Michelle Levey • February 2012 @ Briarcombe in Bolinas, CA w/ Joel & Michelle Levey • January 2012 @ Berkeley, CA – “Artmonk Insurgence” • January 2011 @ the Integratron near Joshua Tree, CA w/ Joel & Michelle Levey • October 2010 @ the Art Monastery in Labro, Italy – “Jesuit Retreat” • January 2010 @ the Integratron near Joshua Tree, CA w/ Joel & Michelle Levey

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.” —Kahlil Gibran

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