Shamanic Artist Residency offered at Shamanic Arts Center in Colorado


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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    The Shamanic Arts Center's purpose is to provide sacred space for shamanic ceremonies and experiences in Colorado. The Center is located in Hotchkiss, Colorado, one of the three small towns including Crawford and Paonia that comprise the North Fork Creative Triangle in western Colorado. This area is a magnet for artists, organic farmers, & wineries. The area is also home to a foundry and several other artist residencies.

    About our Residency Program:
    We ask that you help 15 hours per week work on an art project for the Center in exchange for food, lodging, and all the shamanic activities at the camp. Scheduling of the hours will be determined by the artist and the demands of the project. We are grateful to our artists and excited to meet workaway artists who may be interested in working with us.

    Requirements for Inquiry:
    Please comment on your interest in our projects and your experience as it relates to those projects. NOTE: At this time (spring 2018) we are seeking a sculptor for a large found objects sculpture of a multi-armed goddess. However, if you have an idea for a different artwork project for the Center, please send an inquiry. Very short inquiries from you are not helpful since that does not give us an idea of how your talents fit our needs. The schedule is determined by a number of factors such as availability of volunteers with specific talents, available materials for each project, events scheduled, and other factors too numerous to mention. I will ask for ID and emergency contact numbers upon your arrival. Also, advise that you have health insurance thru Work Away or home. No pets.

    About Mike, Julia & Angel Cat:
    Angel is our house cat - we keep her inside most of the time. Julia is an artist & visionary and the director of the Shamanic Arts Center - Mike a practical scientist and the manifestor. We are the core patrons of the Center and a married couple who have been together since 1990.

    The Center where we also live is located in a 116-year-old two story brick house in Hotchkiss, Colorado.
    Please contact me with any questions. Warmly, Julia

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Art project

  • Help


    This summer we have one opening for two volunteers with carpentry skills to build a tree house, a sleeping room and a tiny house. This position has the potential for long term and extra pay for extra hours for the right carpenter. Please provide details of your carpentry skills when you inquire. We also need an adobe expert.

    Planned Projects for 2019 and Beyond:

    1. Large metal multi-armed goddess.

    2. Landscaping front flower gardens.

    3. Out-door adobe oven.

    4. Wood artists are needed to work on the tiny house where residents to stay when they visit.

    5. Help building a sweat lodge and a medicine wheel garden for ceremonial purposes.

    6. Other projects we are considering depending on volunteer interests and skills are a stacked stone fence across the front of the property.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This exchange offers the opportunity to learn more about shamanism and spend time with shamans. We offer the following programs at the Center: The weekly Creative Journey, Painting as Meditation, Fire Circles, & Sweat Lodges. Visiting shamans and volunteers may also offer programs to camp visitors. You may propose a workshop of your own.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Mike speaks a little Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Workstay volunteers will be housed either in a tiny house, or a sleeping room depending on what is available. We are located within the small town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. No guest pets allowed. A cat lives at the Center.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in the beautiful North Fork Creative Triangle composed of three western Colorado towns- Hotchkiss, Paonia, and Crawford. The area is home to numerous organic farms, wineries, and art & artisan organizations.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 15 hours per week, 5 days a week

Matt Romero on the stairway that he just helped build in the volunteer sleeping loft in Colorado.
Trinity our husky puppie.
Julia and Mike core patrons for the traveling Shamans and the hosts
Julia on the beach in Oregon.

Host ref number: 672229772899