Treleven Inc, the educational and environmental nonprofit Don and Cheryl Mitchell founded at their farm in New Haven, Vermont, has established a residential retreat for artists, writers, teachers, and activists in the annex beside the main farmhouse. This is a beautiful, sunny space of almost 1,000 square feet with a bed in one corner, a desk in another, a dining area with a table, a well-provisioned kitchen, a bathroom and shower, and a deck. It has frequently been used in the past for tourist and guest accommodation as well as for retreats.
Treleven now offers this facility for creative, Board sponsored retreats. Both month long, week or two week long sessions are offered in the fall. The spring session typically coincides with lambing season. Costs for the room and utilities are covered by the non-profit. The person accepted for the retreat is responsible for his or her own transportation and food.
The proposed creative project should relate directly to some aspect of the Treleven mission, which emphasizes creativity, environmental awareness, education, healing ourselves and the earth, and social justice. If the project is inspired by the physical attributes of this Vermont sheep farm and its surrounding forests, so much the better. The actual project might take the form of artwork, writing, creating a film or a song cycle, development of a new social policy, or social program, or planning an ambitious new course. More information about recent programs and affiliations may be found on the Treleven website: (https://treleven.wordpress.com/about/).
The application should include:
1. cover letter with a description of the proposed project
2.whether you desire a week, two week, or month long residency
3. one to two page bio
4. brief sample of your work,
5. names and contact info of two references.
Applicants for retreats are asked to submit these materials to Cheryl.W.Mitchell@gmail.com as either Word documents or PDF files. Please write “Treleven Residency” in the subject line. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A selection committee from the Treleven Board will read your materials and get back to you within three weeks of your application.