Artist in Residence Program

 TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center
Artist in Residence Program

May 24-29, 2019


Call for Applications

Deadline: March 1, 2019


TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center is excited to be launching our first Artist in Residence program in 2019!


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At TreeSong, we see art as a unique process for building nature connection.  We have seen artistic activity foster curiosity, respect, and care for the natural world, and strengthen an understanding of our relationship with the other beings of the planet.

Our new Artist in Residence program provides an individual Washington artist with the opportunity to stay at TreeSong – a quaint cabin in the woods along the Washougal river, surrounded by quiet trails – for a 5-day contemplative and creative nature-immersion experience.  During their residency, the artist will (1) explore ways in which art strengthens nature connection, (2) produce their own artistic work, and (3) prepare a family-friendly workshop that shares hands-on strategies for connecting with nature through art.  The artist will then show their work, talk a bit about their experience living close to nature at TreeSong, and lead a nature-connection art workshop at our Run Wild event – a family fun day for nature education and artistic activities – on June 9th, 2019 at Fallen Leaf Lake Park in Camas, WA.


The Residency includes:

  • 5 day stay at TreeSong, May 24-29, 2019, in a private, tranquil setting for focused artistic work and nature immersion. (TreeSong is a rustic cabin, with a modern bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, in the woods along the Washougal River. No cell phone coverage, but some wifi.)
  • Stipend of $350 for 5 days of creative work (including approximately 5 hours a day of creative work, and 3+ hours living close to nature, taking walks on our trails, forest bathing, or doing other “unplugged” nature activities).
  • Stipend of $100 for leading a family-friendly nature-connection art workshop at our Run Wild event, June 9, 2019, at Fallen Leaf Lake Park in Camas, WA. (The park is a lake-side natural area with a covered space and picnic benches for artistic activities.)



  • Applicants must be Washington residents. We encourage artists from our local region – Washougal, Camas, Vancouver, Stevenson – to apply.
  • We encourage artists from diverse artistic disciplines and at various points in their artistic careers to apply, but applicants must be able to do their creative work in our cabin or on the surrounding land in a way that is safe, clean, and does not cause destruction to the cabin or disturbance to the surrounding natural habitat. The TreeSong cabin is not an art studio; it is a small home.  Artists will need to bring their own art supplies and tools and be able to do their work in a cabin setting.




Please answer the following questions in your application.

  1. Tell us about your artistic background, your current work, and how your current work relates to nature connection. More specifically, how does your creative process serve as a way of building sensitivity, respect, or care for nature, and an understanding of our human connection to the natural world?
  2. How do you intend for your time at TreeSong to help you deepen or further explore the process of nature-connection through art?
  3. How might you share/teach some strategies for nature connection through art by leading a family-friendly art workshop at our Run Wild event? We imagine the workshop teaching artistic strategies that families can try out, and then share with others in their own homes and schools. (We realize that you will have time during the residency to develop these ideas further).
  4. Explain how you will produce your artistic work in our cabin setting or on the surrounding land safely, cleanly, and without destruction/disturbance to the cabin and natural habitat.
  5. Are you a Washington resident? Where in Washington do you live? How do you intend to travel to and from TreeSong and Fallen Leaf Lake Park? (TreeSong: 41 Tree-ific Drive W., Washougal, WA 98671. Fallen Leaf Lake Park: 2911 NE Everett St., Camas, WA 98607)
  6. Please attach three examples of your work as pdf files or website links.
  • Please limit your application to 3 pages.
  • Please email your application to Monica Vilhauer at by March 1, 2019.
  • Please submit an application fee of $15 by clicking here.



About TreeSong:

TreeSong is a five year-old nonprofit organization located in a quaint cabin on 1.24 acres of towering firs and cedars along the Washougal River.  TreeSong’s mission is to foster stewardship of and connection to nature, community, and self through programs for adults, children and families. TreeSong specializes in naturalist programs, arts programs, and eclectic nature-connection youth programs. Learn more about TreeSong at


TreeSong’s Artist in Residence program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.




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