Artists/Thinkers Residency in remote Valley in Turkey



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    We are a family of five living an unorthodox life. We are in search of a certain freedom, an unclear truth, an awaited calmness.

    We believe in constant re-invention and the pursuit of knowledge from within.

    We want our children (ages 9, 7 and 4) to be freethinkers; they have never attended school nor have been homeschooled in conventional ways.

    We are self taught filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists from Mexico & the US but mainly we are seekers.

    Through the years we’ve explored and delved in a handful of things; ancient breathing techniques for healing, finding underground water, old food fermentation methods, prolongued fasting, home birthing, segment sleeping, sungazing...

    We have been making feature films for the last decade and a half. It usually takes us an average of 5.55 years to complete each film. Never finished, but rather abandoned projects.

    We regularly give lectures and workshops at universities and have shown our films in film festivals (sundance, visions du reel, punto de vista, idfa...) and our work at museums and galleries around the world. We pursue themes such as utopia and anti- utopia, historical fiction merged with documentation of the future, the pursuit of solitude, of love, of death and the origin of man.

    We are advocates of plagiarism and we are great ignorants of current world afairs. We believe in solitude as a source of understanding.

    Even though our projects might be philosophical and serious in nature, we believe in the importance of laughing at ourselves and not taking ourselves seriously.


    We moved to Turkey from Vietnam in the summer of 2019. We fell upon a beautiful and remote farm (Yeniköy) in the middle of a mountainous valley- surrounded by wild fruit and herb forests. An isolated, compelling place.

    This farm had made make great efforts in the preservation and continuation of heirloom seeds as a way to communicate with the past.

    This place was in need of caretakers and we were invited to take care of it. We decided to make this place our home for a while.

    As we began working on the farm we also continued working on our films. We realized we wanted to share this great place with others who are seekers-pursuing interesting projects.

    The farm has spacious rooms and a big kitchen with organic preserves and fresh produce from the garden.

    We want to create a space where seekers, artists, writers, musicians, freethinkers... can come together and share their different processes. Share food and stories, share silence and love.

    The work is basically breathing life into this place: feeding animals, collecting eggs, chopping wood, making fire in winter, cooking, wild harvests, seasonal farming, harvesting wheat, making preserves. But we are not seeking workers, we are seeking seekers to come and share.

    It is very important to us that our children have meaningful interactions, as a way of exposing them to diverse and creative perspectives.

    We are in between the city of Çan and Bayramiç. The closest town is Muratlar, the farm is 2.5km North from it.

    ////////// If all or any of this sounds interesting to you, then drop us a short notice and let us know what you dream of doing here. //////////////

    We wish you well, thank you for reading
    and may you find what you seek,

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We love to cook. Our diet is mostly vegetarian, but we are not. We make our own bone broths, cultured dairy, we have jars of different vegetable ferments, we make our own kimchi. He have kefir grains to make kefir beer and make homemade cheese. We don’t use vegetable oils. There is a collection of grains and different heirloom wheat.

    We would be happy to share.

    If you love to cook or experiment with food we would love to try your food.

    We have a small seed bank and we would be very greatful if you have and bring your own seeds to share with us.

  • Help


    Work is changing season to season. We’ll figure it out when you get here.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portugués

  • Accommodation


    Guests will be given their own room and private bathroom on their own wing of the farm that faces a central garden. There is a big shared kitchen with organic food from the farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is important to know we are very isolated from civilization- surrounded by forests, valleys, mountains and ancient graves where you can get lost and go for long walks. There is cellphone coverage but no WiFi (if you need internet you can use from cellphone’s data).

    We want guests to make this place theirs and stay as friends.

    We have an anonymous contribution box to cover some expenses but it is donation based so you don't have to give unless you want and can :)

    This place has been very generous to us and we want to extend that generosity to you.

    Hope to meet you soon,

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours week

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